'Dogs Head to UTEP for CBI Opener

March 18, 2014

Fresno State Logo Overall: 17-16, MW: 9-9
Roster | Results | Stats
UTEP Logo Overall: 23-10, C-USA: 12-4
Roster | Results | Stats
Fresno State Leaders
Scoring: Tyler Johnson (16.0 ppg)
Rebounding: Tyler Johnson (7.4 rpg)
Assists: Cezar Guerrero (3.7 apg)
Blocks: Alex Davis (1.7 bpg)
UTEP Leaders
Scoring: Julian Washburn (13.0 ppg)
Rebounding: John Bohannon (8.3 rpg)
Assists: C.J. Cooper (2.8 apg)
Blocks: John Bohannon (1.6 bpg)
Postseason Notes
Record: 16-13 (5 NCAA app. and 9 NIT app.)
First postseason appearance since 2007 (NIT)
First-ever appearance in the CBI

Game Notes: CBI: Fresno State at UTEP Get Acrobat Reader

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2014 College Basketball Invitational
First Round: Fresno State (17-16) at UTEP (23-10)
March 19, 2014 • 6 p.m. PT • El Paso, Texas (Don Haskins Center)

Online Stream: UTEP All-Access ($9.95 fee required)
Radio: 940 AM ESPN Radio & www.GoBulldogs.com (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Series record: Fresno State leads 13-12 (overall); UTEP leads 10-3 (in El Paso)
Last Meeting: UTEP 93, Fresno State 80 (2/10/05 - El Paso, Texas)
Fresno State All-Time Record in Postseason: 16-13* (5* NCAA app. and 9 NIT app.)

Bulldog Bones
• Fresno State is making its first postseason appearance since 2007 (NIT).
• Fresno State is making its first-ever appearance in the CBI.
• Fresno State has won nine of its last 12 games.
• Fresno State tied for fifth in the Mountain West regular season.
• Fresno State is 16-13* all-time in postseason tournament games.
*NOTE: Fresno State vacated its 2000 NCAA Tournament first round loss to Wisconsin due to the use of an ineligible student-athlete. The 16-13 all-time postseason record does not include the loss.
• REFERENCE: "Fresno State" (never: FSU, CSUF or just "Fresno")

Between the Baselines: Inside the Numbers
• Fresno State senior guard Tyler Johnson has scored 20 or more points in nine MW games (10 overall this season/11 overall in his career).
• Johnson was the third-leading scorer in the MW play (18.2 ppg).
• Johnson ranks No. 17 on Fresno State's all-time scoring list (1,254 points)
• Fresno State sophomore guard Marvelle Harris scored at least 10 points in 26 games this season; scored over 20 points in six games this season.
• Fresno State tied a school record for most overtime regular season games played in a single season with five overtime games (went 3-2 in OT games)

Johnson Produced as One of the Best in the MW
Bulldogs' senior guard Tyler Johnson has steadily improved during his four-year Fresno State career - increasing his scoring average from 4.4 (freshman) to 9.3 (sophomore) to 12.1 (junior) and now 16.0 as a senior. Johnson has scored at least 20 points eleven times his career, with nine of those coming this season in Mountain West play.

Fresno State Visits Old Rival UTEP in CBI Opener
In making its postseason appearance since 2007, the Fresno State men's basketball team (17-16) will visit UTEP (23-10) on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. PT in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. The game will be broadcast on 940 AM ESPN Radio and www.GoBulldogs.com.

About the UTEP Miners
UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) is 23-10 on the season and 12-4 in Conference-USA play. UTEP is coached by Tim Floyd, one of college basketball's most highly regarded defensive minds, and led C-USA in field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense. UTEP's Julian Washburn leads the Miners offensively with 13.0 ppg.

Against the UTEP Miners
Fresno State and UTEP were longtime conference rivals when both schools were members of the Western Athletic Conference. The 'Dogs and Miners played at least twice a year from 1993-1996 and 1999-2005. Fresno State owns the all-time series lead at 13-12, which does not include two wins by the Bulldogs that were later vacated due to the use of an ineligible student-athlete. UTEP has won three of the last four meetings, but Fresno State is 5-3 in the last eight contests between the schools.

Bulldogs Accept CBI Invite
Fresno State was one of 16 schools in the nation to earn invitations to play in the College Basketball Invitational. Past CBI champions include Tulsa, Oregon State, VCU, Oregon, Pittsburgh, and Santa Clara.



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