The Fresno State men's basketball team will play its only exhibition on Friday at home against the NAIA's Fresno Pacific.
Nov. 2, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. -
Fresno State will host the NAIA's Fresno Pacific Sunbirds on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. for an exhibition contest at the Save Mart Center.
The Bulldogs have won the only four meetings between the crosstown programs separated by less than eight miles.
Fresno State Notes: (Exhibition vs. FPU)
EXHIBITION WEEK: PREVIEW
Fresno State vs. Fresno Pacific (Exhibition)
Date: Friday, November 4, 2011 (Tip Off: 7 p.m. PT)
Site: Save Mart Center (15,596); Fresno, Calif.
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler)
Online: Bulldog All-Access at www.GoBulldogs.com (Video/Audio)
Season/Home Opener: Fresno State vs. Illinois State (11/11/11: 7 p.m.)
Rodney Terry Begins First Season at Fresno State
When Rodney Terry decided to become Fresno State's 18th head men's basketball coach, he knew the Bulldogs needed to change their mentality to compete at the highest level. He has emphasized accountability, attitude and tenacious effort. The Bulldogs' tough non-conference schedule features five Pacific-12 opponents, including four of those on the road.
Olekaibe Primed for Breakout Sophomore Season
Kevin Olekaibe hit the weight room and court hard in the offseason to get ready for his sophomore season patrolling the Bulldogs' backcourt. He led the team in scoring during the 2010-11 season with an average of 12.0 points and 1.1 steals per game. Olekaibe and Garrett Johnson (8.1 ppg/1.2 apg) are the only two returning starters from last year's squad.
'Dogs Picked 6th, 7th in Preseason WAC Polls
The Bulldogs know they have some work to do to exceed the expectations of the Western Athletic Conference head coaches and media members, 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.
Fresno State Back in NIT Season Tip Off
The Bulldogs return to the national spotlight during the NIT Season Tip Off. It is the program's third appearance all-time and first since 2001 when the 'Dogs advanced to Madison Square Garden for the tournament's semifinals. Fresno State opens West Region action at Stanford on ESPNU on Nov. 14 in the West Region bracket. In their five previous preseason NIT games, the Bulldogs are 3-2 with wins over Michigan State, USC and Montana State.
Terry Brings In Experienced Coaching Staff
Terry hired Jerry Wainwright, a longtime mentor and an accomplished head coach, to be his associate head coach, along with assistant coaches Michael Schwartz and Byron Jones to work tirelessly recruiting, coaching and developing the 'Dogs. He also added Nick Matson as the men's basketball assistant to coordinate day-to-day operations.
Terry Excited for Upcoming Year, Follow @Rodney Terry for the Latest Updates
As a first-year head coach, Rodney Terry has the hit the ground running from day one and instilled a new culture for the Bulldogs' men's basketball program. One of his main points of emphasis is that he wants the program to mirror the San Joaquin Valley - a hard-working team that competes night in and night out. You can follow him on Twitter @RodneyTerry.
`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.
Hefeng, Johnson Steal Show at Annual Red & White Hoops Night
At the Bulldogs' annual Red & Whites Hoops Night, freshman Grant Hefeng and junior Grant Johnson stole the show in the skills competitions. Hefeng won the dunk contest and Johnson took home the 3-point shooting crown Sophomore Kevin Olekaibe, who led Fresno State in scoring last year, swished in a team-high nine points during the 10-minute scrimmage.
"We Are Your Team!" -- The Bulldogs tipoff the season with an exhibition game against cross town rival Fresno Pacific on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center. Admission to just $5 and free for all Fresno State students.