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    March 11, 2013

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    Junior Kevin Olekaibe and the Fresno State men's basketball team head to Las Vegas with a NCAA Tournament bid up for grabs.


    2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships
    No. 7 seed Fresno State (11-18, 5-11 Mountain West)

    March 12-16, 2013 • Las Vegas, Nev. (Thomas & Mack Center)
    March 13 (Quarterfinals) • March 15 (Semifinals) • March 16 (Championship Game)
    TV: CBS Sports Network (Quarterfinals & Semifinals) & CBS (Championship Game)
    Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom) & MW Radio Network

    Fresno State Enters MW Championships as No. 7 Seed
    Fresno State (11-18, 5-11 Mountain West) will open the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships in a MW Quaterfinal contest with Colorado State (24-7, 11-5 MW) on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. PT on the floor of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

    The contest between the seventh-seeded Bulldogs and second-seeded Rams will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network (Rich Cellini, Steve Lappas, Doug Gottlieb and Lauren Gardner). The game will also be carried live on KMJ 580 AM and at www.GoBulldogs.com/AllAccess (audio only) with the call by Paul Loeffler and Randy Rosenbloom.

    NOTE: The CBS Sports Network is available in Fresno on: Comcast Ch. 418 (732 for HD); AT&T U-Verse: Ch. 643 (1643 HD); Direct TV: Ch. 613 and Dish Network: Ch. 158.

    NCAA Tournament Bid on the Line This Week
    The winner of Wednesday's MW Quarterfinal between Fresno State and Colorado State will play the winner of the UNLV-Air Force quarterfinal in the MW Semifinals, which will take place on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. PT. The MW championship game will be played on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT. on CBS.

    #BulldogMBB Hits Las Vegas Be sure to visit GoBulldogs.com and follow the 'Dogs on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fresnostateathletics), Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (www.youtube.com/fresnostateathletics) throughout the MW Basketball Championships.

    About the Fresno State Bulldogs
    Fresno State is the No. 7 seed for the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships after posting a 5-11 record against MW opponents. The Bulldogs, who are 11-18 on the season, enter the single-elimination tournament on a two-game winning streak after ending the regular season by defeating Air Force (March 2) and UNLV (March 9). Junior Tyler Johnson leads the 'Dogs with an average of 12.0 points per game while senior Kevin Foster has a team-best average of 6.4 rebounds per game.

    Bulldog Bones
    • Fresno State played 13 regular season games against teams that were ranked at some point during the 2012-13 season.
    • Bulldogs' junior guard Tyler Johnson is averaging a team-best 13.1 points in Mountain West play, and 12.0 points per game for the season.
    • Fresno State finished the regular season as the Mountain West leader in 3-point field goal defense (29.0 percent) and second in steals/game (7.4).
    • Fresno State last won its conference tournament championship just once when the 'Dogs won the 1984 PCAA tournament.
    • Fresno State's last conference title came back in 2003 when the 'Dogs won the 2003 regular season WAC championship.
    • Fresno State's last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2001 when the Bulldogs reached the second round of the NCAA South Regional.

    Inside the Numbers
    • This season, Fresno State has a +72 (+2.5/gm) steal margin (214-142).
    • Under Terry, Fresno State has a +170 steal margin (457-287) by averaging 7.4 steals per game and a +2.8 steal edge per contest over 62 games.
    • This season, Fresno State owns a +76 points off turnovers margin (418-344).
    • Fresno State is 1-1 in overtime games this season.

    Former Bulldog Earns First NBA All-Star Honor Former Fresno State star Paul George, who played for the Bulldogs from 2008-10, grasped his first All-Star roster spot when the Eastern Conference coaches selected him as a reserve for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. George is the first former 'Dog to become an All-Star. #PaulStar

    Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
    The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 41.2 percent shooting (593-of-1440) from the field and 29.0 percent 3-point shooting (128-of-441). Fresno State has forced an average of 13.5 turnovers per game (392 total) and own a +76 points off turnover margin (418-344), as well as a +72 steal margin (214-142).

    Bulldogs Play with Aggressive Defensive Tenacity
    Fresno State has held opponents to an average of 60.8 points per game, The 'Dogs have limited 22 of their 29 opponents under 70 points and kept opponents under 60 points 14 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 50 of the 62 games, including 45 of those 62 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.

    'Dogs Leads MW in Guarding the 3-point Arc
    Fresno State finished the regular season as the best in the Mountain West and ranks in the Top 30 nationally in 3-point field goal defense by limiting opponents to a 29.0 percent clip from the beyond the 3-point arc this season.

    Attendance Increases in Terry's Second Year
    In the second year of the Rodney Terry era of Bulldog Basketball, attendance at Fresno State men's basketball home games increased by eight percent from year one to year two. The jump is the second-largest single-season increase at the Save Mart Center in the ten years since the arena was built on campus. In total, the Bulldogs hosted 98,592 fans this season.

    "V" is for Valley
    Fresno State prides itself on being the "Valley's team." This pride can be seen in the form of a green V on the Bulldogs' uniforms, as a symbol to the agricultural community of Central Valley of California. The San Joaquin Valley is the world's richest agricultural valley in export dollars.

    About the No. 1 Seed New Mexico Lobos
    New Mexico enters the Mountain West Basketball Championships as the No. 1 seed and the regular season champions. The Lobos finished with a 13-3 MW record and a 26-5 overall record. They have been ranked as high as No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 12 in the AP Poll in the and UNM is a lock for a NCAA Tournament berth.

    New Mexico features three players scoring in double figures, led by junior Kendall Williams' 14 points per game. Sophomore Alex Kirk scores 12.1 points per game and pulls down 8.2 rebounds per game.

    Against the No. 1 Seed New Mexico Lobos
    New Mexico leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs 10-7. The Lobos swept the season series from Fresno State, winning 72-45 in Albuquerque and rallying for a 54-48 win at the Save Mart Center in February.

    About the No. 2 Seed Colorado State Rams
    Colorado State enters the Mountain West Basketball Championships as the No. 2 seed after CSU finished the conference season with an 11-5 record. The Rams earned a school-record 24 wins for a 24-7 regular season record and were ranked in both national polls earlier this season. Colorado State is virutally assured a NCAA Tournament bid if needed due its Top 20 RPI.

    The Rams feature a starting line-up that consists of five seniors and four of those five score in double figures. Colton Iverson, a 6'10 senior, leads the way with 14.1 points per game and 9.7 rebounds a game. Dorian Green (13.1), Wes Eikmeier (12.5) and Greg Smith (11.3) are the others averaging double figures in scoring.

    Against the No. 2 Seed Colorado State Rams
    Colorado State leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs 12-8 after sweeping the season series this year. The Rams won 74-63 in Fresno early in the conference season and 74-67 in Fort Collins on February 27.

    About the No. 3 Seed UNLV Runnin' Rebels
    UNLV enters the Mountain West Basketball Championships as the No. 3 seed after finishing the conference season with a 10-6 record. The Rebels finished the regular season with a 23-8 overall record. They were 16-2 this year at the Thomas and Mack Center, the host venue of the conference tournament.

    UNLV is considered a lock for the NCAA Tournament and are led by three players averaging double figures. Anthony Bennett, a National Freshman of the Year candidate, leads the way with 15.9 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game.

    Against the No. 3 Seed UNLV Runnin' Rebels
    UNLV leads the all-time series 27-8, but Fresno State swept the season series from the Rebels in 2013. The Bulldogs won 64-55 in Fresno and then became the only Mountain West school to beat UNLV at the Thomas and Mack Center this season, knocking the Rebels off 61-52 last Saturday.

    About the No. 4 Seed San Diego State Aztecs
    San Diego State comes to the Mountain West Basketball Championships as the No. 4 seed after finishing the conference season with a 9-7 record and owning the head-to-head tiebreaker over Boise State by sweeping the Broncos in the season series between the schools. The Aztecs went 21-9 during the regular season and are considered to be in line for an at-large berth for the NCAA Tournament, if needed.

    San Diego State is led by junior Jamaal Franklin, last season's Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. Franklin is the third leading scorer in the league with 17 points per game and second in the conference in rebounding with 9.4 per game.

    Against the No. 4 Seed San Diego State Aztecs
    San Diego State leads the all-time series 56-45 and has won the last six meetings. The Aztecs swept the season series this year, pulling out a 65-52 win in the Mountain West opener in Fresno and down the Bulldogs 75-53 in San Diego in February.

    About the No. 5 Seed Boise State Broncos
    Boise State comes to the Mountain West Basketball Championships as the No. 5 seed after finishing the conference season with a 9-7 record and losing the head-to-head tiebreaker with San Diego State. The Broncos finished the regular season with a 21-10 overall record. Boise State has a chance to receive its first ever at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

    BSU is led by the top scoring duo in the Mountain West Conference. Sophomores Anthony Drmic (17.4) and Derrick Marks (16.4) are second and fourth, respectively, in scoring in the conference. The Broncos are the best free throw and three-point shooting team in the Mountain West.

    Against the No. 5 Seed Boise State Broncos
    Boise State leads the all-time series 18-15 over Fresno State and swept the season series this year. The Broncos won 74-67 in Boise, making a conference record 26-of-26 from the free throw line. In the rematch in Fresno, Boise State pulled out a 72-63 victory over the 'Dogs.

    About the No. 6 Seed Air Force Falcons
    Air Force enters the Mountain West Basketball Championships as the No. 6 seed after finishing with an 8-8 conference record. The Falcons come to Las Vegas off the high of an 89-88 upset of MW regular season champion New Mexico that helped AFA finish the regular season with a 17-12 record. Air Force will likely need to win the MW Championships to make the NCAA Tournamnt, but figure to be in line for a NIT appearance.

    The Falcons are led by the MW's top-scorer in senior Michael Lyons. He is scoring 18.3 points per game and shoots 47 percent from the field.

    Against the No. 6 Seed Air Force Falcons
    Fresno State leads the all-time series 10-5 over the Falcons. The teams split the season series this year with each winning on their home court. Air Force won 62-50 at the USAFA and the Bulldogs won 56-41 in Fresno.

    About the No. 8 seed Wyoming Cowboys
    Wyoming enters the Mountain West Basketball Championships as the No. 8 seed after finishing the conference slate with a 4-12 record. The Cowboys started the season 14-0 as one of the final four undefeated teams in the country before finishing with an 18-12 overall record. Wyoming will need to win the automatic bid courtesy of capturing the MW tournament championship to make the NCAA Tournament.

    Wyoming is led by their 6-7 do-it-all senior forward Leonard Washington. He led the Cowboys in scoring (13.0 ppg), rebounding (8.7 rpg) and blocked shots (53 for the year).

    Against the No. 8 Seed Wyoming Cowboys
    Fresno State leads the all-time series 10-7 over Wyoming. The teams split the season series. The Bulldogs picked up their first-ever Mountain West Conference win with a 49-36 victory over the Cowboys in Fresno and then Wyoming rallied for a 55-51 overtime win in Laramie.

    About the No. 9 Seed Nevada Wolf Pack
    Nevada enters its first Mountain West Basketball Championships as the No. 9 seed after finishing the conference season with a 3-13 record. They finished the regular season with an overall record of 12-18.

    The Wolf Pack is led by the prolific scoring duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story. Story, a senior, scores a team-high 16.6 points per game and Burton, a junior, scores 15.9 points per game.

    Against the No. 9 Seed Nevada Wolf Pack
    Nevada leads the all-time series 50-38 after the teams split their season series. The Wolf Pack came to Fresno and won 68-61 and the Bulldogs returned the favor by winning in Reno 69-64 in overtime.

     

     

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