March 25, 2014
2014 College Basketball Invitational Semifinals
Game 36: Old Dominion (18-17) at Fresno State (19-16)
March 26, 2014 7 p.m. PT Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center)
TV: Mountain West Network (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Radio: 940 AM ESPN Radio & www.GoBulldogs.com (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Series record / Last Meeting: N/A (First Meeting)
Fresno State has reached the semifinals of a postseason tournament for the first time since 1998 and third time in school history.
Fresno State is making its first postseason appearance since 2007 (NIT).
Fresno State is one of two Mountain West teams still in postseason play.
Fresno State has won 11 of its last 14 games.
Fresno State tied for fifth in the Mountain West regular season.
Fresno State is 18-13* all-time in postseason tournament games.
REFERENCE: "Fresno State" (never: FSU, CSUF, Fresno State University, or just simply "Fresno"); ABBREVIATION: Fresno St. or FS
Past CBI champions include Tulsa, Oregon State, VCU, Oregon, Pittsburgh, and Santa Clara.
Between the Baselines: Inside the Numbers
Fresno State senior guard Tyler Johnson has scored 20 or more points in 11 games this season and 12 times 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 (1,284 points) - 13 points away from tying Chris Herren for 16th.
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)
Fresno State to Host Old Dominion in CBI Semifinal
The Fresno State men's basketball team (19-16) will host Old Dominion (18-17) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. PT in the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational. The game will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network, 940 AM ESPN Radio and www.GoBulldogs.com. The winner advances to the CBI Championship Series versus the winner of the Illinois State-Siena semifinal game. The best-of-three series will take place March 31, April 2 and April 4 (if necessary).
About the Old Dominion Monarchs
The Old Dominion Tigers are 18-17 on the season and went 9-7 in Conference-USA play. ODU is led by Aaron Bacote (15.7 ppg/3.0 apg), Dimitri Batten (10.9 ppg/4.1 rpg) and Richard Ross (10.0 ppg,/7.1 rpg). The Monarchs are 5-8 on the road this season and 9-10 versus non-conference opponents. ODU has won four of its last five games, including CBI home wins over South Dakota State (72-65) and Radford (82-59). This is the first meeting between Fresno State and Old Dominion.
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 15.9 as a senior. Johnson has scored at least 20 points 12 times his career, with 11 of those coming this season.
'Dogs Defend Home Court, Fan Support Growing under Terry
Since Rodney Terry's first season at Fresno State, fan support has steadily increased in each of the past two seasons. With 16 home games this season, Fresno State went 11-5 at the Save Mart Center - the most home wins during Terry's tenure. In 2013-14, Fresno State welcomed 115,900 fans to the SMC during the regular season for an average of 7,244 fans per game - the highest average since the 2009-10 season. For its home opener vs. CSU Northridge (14,770) and home finale vs. then-No. 10 San Diego State (14,801), Fresno State recorded two of its top five all-time attendance marks for a home game. Those contests also marked the 26th and 27th, repsectively, games of over 12,000 at the Save Mart Center.
Priority Access for 2014-15 Season Tickets Available Now
With excitement surrounding the Fresno State men's basketball program, Fresno State fans can get priority access for 2014-15 season tickets by calling 559-278-DOGS. The Bulldogs will host at least nine Mountain West games, along with once again playing a competitive non-conference schedule. Season ticket packages start at $149 with business, family and young alumni options also available.
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