March 1, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- First-year Fresno State head men's basketball coach Rodney Terry has instilled a hard-working, tough-as-nails attitude into the team and added three words to the Bulldogs' mindset heading into the final two regular season games and next week's Western Athletic Conference tournament.
Whatever It Takes!
Terry has often spoken about how the season is a marathon and the importance of approaching every game with the same high level of energy, focus and preparation.
And when the Bulldogs welcome Louisiana Tech to the Save Mart Center hardwood tonight, that same mentality will be present - as it has all season.
"This begins WIT week for the team, Whatever It Takes!," Terry tweeted early Thursday morning (@RodneyTerry). "Squeaking sneakers and talking... helping teammates! #Gameday."
That #Gameday sentiment is going to take center court again, but the memory of Louisiana Tech's Brandon Gibson hitting the game-winner as time expired back on Jan. 26 to fend off Fresno State will be hard to escape.
"We've been working hard and always look forward to getting back on the court," senior Jonathan Wills said. "As Coach Terry tells us, we only have a win or loss for one night. Then we have to get back at it and be ready to go.
Fresno State (13-17, 3-9 WAC) is fresh off taking regular season WAC champion Nevada to triple overtime this past Saturday and has won five of its past six at home.
The 'Dogs also have a chance to enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed if they can knock off both LA Tech and New Mexico State this week, and have Nevada beat LA Tech on Saturday as well.
Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech (15-14, 5-7 WAC) owns a four-game winning streak and still has take a shot at the No. 5 seed, but fall as low as the No. 7 seed.
Fans are encouraged to get to the game early to watch the Bulldogs' women's team finish its own heated WAC rivalry with LA Tech. Tip off for the women's game is set for 6 p.m. while the men's tip will follow at either 8 p.m. or approximately 30 minutes after the end of the women's game.
"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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