Nov. 6, 2013
Game 1 Fresno State at UC Irvine
Nov. 8, 2013 7 p.m. PT Irvine, Calif. (Bren Events Center)
TV: None Live Audio: www.GoBulldogs.com
Radio: 940 AM ESPN Radio (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Series record: Fresno State leads 26-10 (overall) - Series tied 8-8 in games played in Irvine
Last Meeting: UC Irvine 58, Fresno State 51 - Dec. 15, 2012 (Fresno, Calif. - Save Mart Center)
Next Up for Fresno State: Nov. 12 at Pittsburgh
This is the 37th meeting between Fresno State and UC Irvine.
This is the second season that Fresno State opens with two road games and for just the third time in the past 11 seasons.
Bulldogs' guard Tyler Johnson averaged a team-best 12.1 points during the 2012-13 season; guard Allen Huddleston was second with 9.7 ppg.
In 2012-13, Fresno State led the Mountain West in 3-point field goal defense (29.1 %); the 'Dogs also ranked second in steals/game (7.2 spg) and third in total steals (216).
Fresno State features five returners and 10 newcomers on its roster.
Inside the Numbers
Under Terry, Fresno State is 5-0 on the road versus Big West teams.
In 2012-13, Fresno State had a +72 (+2.4/gm) steal margin (216-144).
Under Terry, Fresno State has a +170 steal margin (459-289) by averaging 7.3 steals per game and a +2.7 steal edge per contest over 63 games.
In 2012-13, Fresno State had a +69 points off TOs margin (425-356).
Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 50 of 63 games.
Fresno State Visits UC Irvine to Tip Off 2013-14 Season
Fresno State tips off the 2013-14 season on the road at UC Irvine on Friday night at 7 p.m. PT at the Bren Events Center. The game will be broadcast live on 940 AM ESPN Radio and available to listen to online at www.GoBulldogs.com.
Against the UC Irvine Anteaters
Fresno State leads the all-time series with UC Irvine, 26-10. After competing against each other as conference members in the PCAA and Big West from 1978 to 1992, the teams renewed the series on Nov. 12, 2006, when the 'Dogs downed the Anteaters, 82-51, before last season's game in Fresno won by UCI, 58-51.
'Dogs Look to Continue Road Success Under Terry Versus Big West Teams Fresno State has three non-conference games against Big West opponents on its 2013-14 schedule. Since head coach Rodney Terry's arrival in 2011, the 'Dogs are 6-3 when playing Big West teams, including a 5-0 road record versus BWC schools. Fresno State went 4-2 overall against the BWC in 2012-13.
SOLD OUT! Fresno State Home Opener Sets Record
Fresno State's regular season home opener versus Northridge on Nov. 16 is officially sold out for the general public with all seats allocated for the free vouchers claimed. The home opener is also Fan Appreciation Night with hot dogs, popcorn and soda reduced to just 94 cents each. Prior to the 15,596-seat sell out for the Nov. 16 opener, the largest crowd for a Fresno State home men's basketball game had been 15,423. It also marks the tenth crowd of over 14,000 and 26th of 12,000 or more for a home game.
Former Bulldog Starring for Indiana Pacers
Paul George played at Fresno State for two seasons (2008-2010) before entering his name into the 2010 NBA Draft, and subsequently was selected at No. 10 by the Pacers. In 2012-13, he averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He led the team to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, won the NBA's Most Improved Player award and was named to the All-NBA Third Team. He was also the first 'Dog to become an All-Star when he was selected as a reserve for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game
Season Tickets Start at $149, New Options on Sale
Fresno State men's basketball season tickets start at $149 and can be purchased online at www.gobulldogs.com and over the phone at 559-278-DOGS. There are two new options for families and young alumni to experience Bulldog Basketball at the Save Mart Center. The 'Dogs are offering a season Family Plan, which is similar to the popular football package. For men's basketball, families can buy at least four season tickets for as low as $149 for adult tickets and $50 for youth tickets. The Fresno State Young Alumni Plan is a buy one season ticket for $149 and get another for free package. This offer is available for 2009-13 Fresno State graduates. All season ticket holders get access to the best seating locations, a dedicated account representative and exclusive benefits throughout the year.
Two New Mini-Plans Available for 2013-14 Season
In addition to season tickets that are already on sale, Fresno State introduced two new men's basketball mini-plans for the 2013-14 season. The two new mini-plans, which both also include a bonus game for free, are:
3-game Season Starter - which opens at just $31
5-game Mountain West Flex Plan - which opens at $84
Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
In 2012-13, the relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad held opponents to just 41.2 percent shooting (612-of-1486) from the field and 29.1 percent 3-point shooting (132-of-453). Fresno State also forced an average of 13.7 turnovers per game (369 total) and owned a +69 points off turnover margin (425-356), and a +72 steal margin (216-144).
Bulldogs Play with Aggressive Defensive Tenacity
In 2012-13, Fresno State held opponents to an average of 61.0 points per game. The 'Dogs limited 23 of their 30 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 6 games, including 45 of those 60 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.
'Dogs Best in MW in Guarding the 3-Point Arc
In 2012-13, Fresno State led the Mountain West and ranked in the Top 30 nationally in 3-point field goal defense by limiting opponents to a 29.1 percent clip from the beyond the 3-point arc during the season.
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