The Fresno State men's basketball team heads to Fort Collins for a Wednesday night Mountain West battle with Colorado State.
Feb. 26, 2013
Fresno State Game Notes
Game 27 Fresno State (9-17, 3-10 MW) at Colorado State (21-6, 8-4 MW)
Feb. 27, 2013 6 p.m. PT Fort Collins, Colo. (Moby Arena)
TV: None Live Audio: www.GoBulldogs.com/allaccess
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Series record: Fresno State leads 10-9 (overall) & Colorado State leads 8-2 (games played in FC)
Last Meeting: CSU 74, FS 63 - Jan. 26, 2013 (Fresno, Calif. - Save Mart Center)
This is the 21st* meeting between Fresno State and Colorado State.
Bulldogs' junior guard Tyler Johnson is averaging a team-best 14.0 points in Mountain West play, and 12.3 points per game for the season.
Fresno State is second in the Mountain West in steals/game (7.5 spg), 3-point field goal defense (29.8%) and total steals (195).
CSU leads the nation in rebounding margin (+12.9 rebounds per game)
Inside the Numbers
This season, Fresno State has a +64 (+2.4/gm) steal margin (195-131).
Under Terry, Fresno State has a +162 steal margin (438-276) by averaging 7.4 steals per game and a +2.8 steal edge per contest over 59 games.
This season, Fresno State owns a +75 points off TOs margin (381-306).
Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 48 of 59 games.
Fresno State Takes Trip to Moby to Face Rams
Fresno State (9-17, 3-10 Mountain West) visits Colorado State (21-6, 8-4 MW) on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. PT inside Moby Arena. The game will be broadcast live on KMJ 580 AM and be available for listening online through www.GoBulldogs.com/AllAccess (subscription required).
Stretch Run Gives 'Dogs Chance to Make Move
With the 2013 Mountain West Tournament approaching, the Bulldogs' final regular season games will be crucial for seeding as the No. 8 and 9 seeds open on Tuesday, March 12, while the top seven seeds begin Quarterfinal play on Wednesday, March 13. The tournament champion receives the league's automatic NCAA Tournament bid. Fresno State needs to win at least one of its last three games for a chance at the No. 7 seed.
The Last Meeting
January 26, 2013
Johnson Goes for 23 in the Bulldogs' 74-63 Loss
A big run at the beginning of the second half was not enough to overcome an 18-point halftime deficit for the Fresno State men's basketball team in its 74-63 loss to Colorado State Saturday night at the Save Mart Center.
About The Colorado State Rams
Colorado State is in second place in the conference standings with an 8-4 record against MW opponents. CSU, who is 21-6 on the season, has won 27 of its past 28 home games at Moby Arena and boasts a 14-1 home record this season. The Rams have built an impressive NCAA Tournament resume and should be considered a lock for an at-large bid if needed. Colorado State has four players averaging over 11 points per game and leads the nation in rebounding margin (+12.9 rebounds more than opponents).
Against The Colorado State Rams
Fresno State holds the slight edge over Colorado State in the all-time series with a 10-9 lead. The Rams earned a 74-63 win in Fresno over the Bulldogs in the first meeting this season between the schools. Fresno State has lost the four games played in Fort Collins with the last win coming back on Jan. 3, 1994 when the 'Dogs grinded out a 79-73 win at CSU when the squads were both in the Western Athletic Conference.
*Note: Fresno State's 80-59 victory over Colorado State on March 2, 1999 in the WAC Tournament (Las Vegas, Nev.) was vacated due to the use of an ineligible student-athlete.
Huddleston Scores 21 in #BulldogMBB Loss to BSU
After leading by one at halftime, Fresno State struggled in the second half in being handed a 72-63 home loss to Boise State as junior guard Allen Huddleston scored a season-high 21 points with four 3-pointers.
#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 41.7 percent shooting (539-of-1293) from the field and 29.8 percent 3-point shooting (116-of-389). Fresno State has forced an average of 13.8 turnovers per game (359 total) and own a +75 points off turnover margin (381-306), as well as a +64 steal margin (195-131).
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 26 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 48 of the 59 games, including 43 of those 59 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.
Terry Features First Full Recruiting Class
With Rodney Terry fielding his first full recruiting class with the addition of nine newcomers to the Bulldogs' roster, six of those nine have earned playing time - junior starting point guard Allen Huddleston and freshmen Aaron Anderson, Braeden Anderson, Tanner Giddings, Marvelle Harris and Robert Upshaw. All six have combined to make 47 starts and accounted for 46 percent of the minutes played by the team this season.