Game 26 Boise State (17-8, 5-6 MW) at Fresno State (9-16, 3-9 MW)
Feb. 23, 2013 7 p.m. PT Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center)
TV: None Live Video: www.GoBulldogs.com/AllAccess (subscription required)
Radio: KMJ 580 AM & www.GoBulldogs.com/allaccess (Paul Loeffler - English) & ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Spanish)
Series record: Boise State leads 17-15 (overall) & Fresno State leads 10-5 (games played in Fresno)
Last Meeting: Boise State 74, Fresno State 67 - Jan. 23, 2013 (Boise, Idaho - Taco Bell Arena)
This is the 33rd meeting between Fresno State and Boise State.
Bulldogs' junior guard Tyler Johnson is averaging a team-best 13.9 points in Mountain West play, and 12.2 points per game for the season.
Fresno State is second in the Mountain West in steals/game (7.6 spg), 3-point field goal defense (29.5%) and total steals (189).
Inside the Numbers
This season, Fresno State has a +60 (+2.4/gm) steal margin (189-129).
Under Terry, Fresno State has a +158 steal margin (432-274) by averaging 7.5 steals per game and a +2.7 steal edge per contest over 58 games.
This season, Fresno State owns a +67 points off TOs margin (361-294).
Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 47 of 58 games.
Fresno State Hosts Boise State in WHITE OUT GAME
Fresno State (9-16, 3-9 Mountain West) hosts Boise State (17-8, 5-6 MW) on Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT inside the Save Mart Center in a WHITE OUT contest. All fans are asked to wear white and the first 500 fans will receive a free WHITE OUT t-shirt. The game will be broadcast live on KMJ 580 AM and be available for viewing through www.GoBulldogs.com/AllAccess (subscription required).
'Dogs to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of NIT Title
On Feb. 23, Fresno State Athletics will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the 1983 NIT Championship that the Bulldogs captured under former head coach Boyd Grant. Former Bulldogs Tyrone Bradley, Marvin Carter, Dave Mosebar, Charlie Smith, Kevin Grant, Mark Gustin, Omel Nieves, Mitch Arnold, Todd Arnold, Bobby Anderson, Desi Barmore, Kenny Cook, Bobby Davis, Kevin Grimes, Art Williams and Coach Jim Thrash are expected to attend. The former 'Dogs and coaches will be recognized at halftime.
Stretch Run Gives 'Dogs Chance to Make Move
With the 2013 Mountain West Tournament less than a month away, the Bulldogs' final four games of the season will be crucial for seeding as the No. 8 and 9 seeds open on Tuesday, March 12, while the top seven seeds begin Quarterfinal action on Wednesday, March 13. The MW tournament champion receives the league's automatic NCAA Tournament bid.
About The Boise State Broncos
Through its first 11 games of Mountain West play, Boise State sits alone in sixth place at 5-6 against conference opponents. The Broncos, who are 17-8 on the season, have put themselves in the conversation for a NCAA at-large bid with key wins over Creighton and UNLV, along with close losses to Michigan State and New Mexico (twice). BSU is led by Derrick Marks (16.5 ppg), Anthony Drmic (16.1 ppg) and Jeff Elorriaga (10.4 ppg).
Against The Boise State Broncos
Boise State holds a slight edge in the all-time series, with BSU owning a 17-15 edge. In the most recent game at the SMC, the 'Dogs tamed the Broncos for a wire-to-wire 72-59 win last season in a non-conference game. BSU held off Fresno State 74-67 earlier this season in Boise.
#BulldogMBB Earns 69-64 MW OT Road Win over Pack
Fresno State earned a hard-fought 69-64 overtime road victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack. The 'Dogs forced overtime when Bulldogs' senior Kevin Foster hit the game-tying 3-pointer off a designed inbounds play with 5.7 seconds left in regulation. Fresno State then outscored the Pack 11-6 in the extra session to secure its first Mountain West road victory.
Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 41.6 percent shooting (519-of-1248) from the field and 29.5 percent 3-point shooting (109-of-369). Fresno State has forced an average of 13.8 turnovers per game (346 total) and own a +67 points off turnover margin (361-294), as well as a +60 steal margin (189-129).
Bulldogs Play With Aggressive Defensive Tenacity
Fresno State has held opponents to an average of 60.9 points per game, The 'Dogs have limited 20 of their 25 opponents under 70 points and kept opponents under 60 points 12 times, and two opponents under 40 points.
Valuing the Basketball
One of Rodney Terry's points of emphasis is the importance of valuing the basketball. Since Terry's arrival, Fresno State has not committed more turnovers than its opponents in 47 of the 58 games, including 42 of those 58 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.
'Dogs Second MW in Guarding the 3-point Arc
Fresno State is second in the Mountain West and ranks in the Top 30 nationally in 3-point field goal defense by limiting opponents to a 29.5 percent clip from the beyond the 3-point arc this season.
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