Feb. 27, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- Fresno State gets a shot to avenge Louisiana Tech's buzzer-beating win over the 'Dogs on Jan. 26 in Ruston, La., when LA Tech visits the Save Mart Center for a Thursday night "Pack the House" contest.
Tip off is slated for approximately 8 p.m. PT or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the game between the women's basketball teams of both schools.
"We will always take our season one game at a time," head coach Rodney Terry said. "LA Tech is a team that is playing well at the right time and will come here with a lot of confidence. We have to be ready to go right from the start."
PREVIEW: GAME 31 WAC 13
Fresno State (Game Notes)
Fresno State (13-17, 3-9 WAC) vs. Louisiana Tech (15-14, 5-7 WAC)
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012 (Tip Off: Approx. 8 p.m. PT)
Site: Save Mart Center (15,596); Fresno, Calif.
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler/Randy Rosenbloom)
Game Sponsor: Golden One
Quick Bulldog Bites
Fresno State leads the WAC in turnover margin (+3.9), fewest turnovers per game (10.6)
Kevin Olekaibe (O-LAY-key-bay) leads WAC in points (544 pts), 2nd in scoring (18.1 ppg)
Olekaibe scored school-record 43 points in win over Seattle U (most in 40-minute game)
Olekaibe has scored 875 points in 59 career games; ranks 43rd on FS all-time scoring list
Jonathan Wills ranks in top 25 seniors, 2nd in WAC in free throw shooting (93-110, 84.5%)
Steven Shepp ranks in top 20 seniors, 2nd in WAC in assists & assts/gm (150, 5.0 apg)
Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than opponents in 18 straight games
Fresno State has forced 91 more steals than its opponents (+3.0 steals ratio per game)
About the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Louisiana Tech (Western Athletic) is 15-14 on the season and 5-7 against WAC opponents. LA Tech is led by three Bulldogs averaging double figures - Raheem Appleby (13.9 ppg), Trevor Gaskins (10.8 ppg) and Cordarius Johnson (10.1 ppg). Fresno State leads the all-time series 14-13 and Fresno State has won the last five games against LA Tech in the SMC.
New Center Court Ticket Package for $21 on Saturday Nights
For the Bulldogs' games against Nevada (2/25) and New Mexico State (3/3), our new Center Court Ticket Package is on sale now. For $21, fans receive a ticket in one of our Center Court Sections (109,110,122,and 123), a hot dog and a medium size soda. This package must be purchased in advance through the Save Mart Center Box Office and supplies are limited.
LAST WEEK: Olekaibe Nets 43 in Win, 'Dogs Edged in 3OT by Nevada
Fresno State went 1-1 last week with a 78-72 win over future WAC member Seattle U and a 79-76 triple overtime loss to Nevada. Sophomore Kevin Olekaibe scored a career-high 43 points, which set a school record for most in a regulation game and two shy of the program's all-time single mark, in helping lift Fresno State past Seattle U 78-72. Fresno State then battled WAC-leading to triple overtime before being edged in the final minute, 79-76. The contest featured 32 lead changes and 19 ties and Bulldogs' junior Kevin Foster and senior guard Jonathan Wills chalked up double-doubles to lead four `Dogs in double figures.
Olekaibe Lighting Up the Nets
Even as teams gameplan to stop him, Bulldogs' guard Kevin Olekaibe is a scoring machine or opens up the offense for his teammates. He ranks sixth among NCAA DI sophomore scorers and sits second in the WAC at 18.1 points per game. This season, Olekaibe has scored in double-digits in 23 games, reached at least 20 points eleven times and topped the 25-point mark eight times. Olekaibe is third in the nation in 3-point field goal attempts (250).
'Dogs Picked 6th, 7th in Preseason WAC Polls
The Bulldogs know they have some work to do to exceed the expectations of the WAC head coaches and media, who picked the Fresno State men's basketball team to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 2011-12 preseason selections. Nevada and Utah State were tabbed as the early frontrunners by the coaches and media.
'Dogs Field Two Seniors for First Time in Four Years
For the first time in four years, Fresno State sports more than one senior with point guard Steven Shepp and wing Jonathan Wills suiting up as fifth-year seniors. Shepp is in his third season with the 'Dogs after starting at Allegany College and Wills is in his second in a Bulldog uniform as a D-I transfer from New Mexico. Both averaged 3.8 points per game last year.
Single Game Hoops Ticket on Sale
Men's single game tickets are $25, $18, or $15 depending on seat section. Discounts are available to youth 2-18 years of age. To secure single-game tickets, you can visit Ticketmaster online, through ticketmaster.com, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit the Save Mart Center Box Office between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday).
Fresno State Remains WAC's Top Overall Program Over Past Nine Years
With its strong commitment to superior athletic competition and academic performance, Fresno State finished second in the last two Western Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cup races and remained the top program throughout the nine years of the award. The 'Dogs rank first among the current WAC institutions, ahead of Nevada and Hawai'i as the top three WAC schools. Fresno State is one of three repeat Cup winners (2007-08 & 2008-09), along with Rice University (2003-04 & 2004-05) and Boise State University (2009-10 & 2010-11).
George Glows at 2012 NBA All-Star Dunk Contest, Rising Stars Challenge
Indiana Pacers guard Paul George was as a participant in the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest as part of NBA All-Star 2012. George also starred in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, to be held on the Friday night of All-Star Weekend. George, a former Bulldog who was tabbed by Sports Illustrated as the West's Most Entertaining Player in College Basketball in 2010, became the top overall pick in program history when NBA legend Larry Bird drafted him No. 10 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.
"We Are Your Team!" --- The `Dogs close the regular season by hosting Louisiana Tech (March 1) and New Mexico State (March 3). The Thursday night game is part of the "Pack the House" doubleheader challenge with women's basketball with the men's tip off slated for around 8 p.m. The game against New Mexico State features a special $21 single-game ticket package that also includes a hot dog and medium soda. You can listen to the 'Dogs all season on the radio dial at KMJ 580 AM and make sure to follow @RodneyTerry on Twitter for updates direct from the head coach.
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