Nov. 12, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Under new head coach Rodney Terry, Fresno State will travel to Palo Alto to face the Pacific-12's Stanford on Monday night at 8 p.m. on ESPNU/ESPN3 in West Region action.
The winner will face the winner of the Colorado State-SMU contest on Tuesday with a trip to New York City and Madison Square Garden for the NIT Semifinals on the line.
PREVIEW: NIT SEASON TIP OFF
Fresno State at Stanford (Road Opener/NIT Season Tip Off)
Date: Monday, November 14, 2011 (Tip Off: 8 p.m. PT)
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,392); Palo Alto, Calif.
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler/Randy Rosenbloom)
TV: ESPNU (Mark Neely/Miles Simon)
Online: ESPN3 (Mark Neely/Miles Simon) - [www.espn3.com]
Up Next: Fresno State vs. Colorado State/SMU (Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m)
Bulldogs Back in NIT Season Tip Off
Fresno State returns 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. In their five previous preseason NIT games, the Bulldogs are 3-2 with wins over Michigan State, USC and Montana State.
About the Stanford Cardinal
Stanford (Pacific-12 Conference) is 1-0 on the season after winning its season-opening 91-52 victory over Central Arkansas. Five Cardinal reached double-digits in scoring and were led by Aaron Bright's 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Stanford is 8-1 all-time against Fresno State. The Bulldogs last defeated the Cardinal in 1927 by the final of 23-21. The teams last played on Dec. 29, 2007 when Stanford edged Fresno State 55-48 in Palo Alto.
Rodney Terry in 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.
'Dogs' Energy, Olekaibe's 18 Fuels 55-47 Season-Opening Win over Illinois State
Sophomore guard Kevin Olekaibe scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half as Fresno State rallied for a 55-47 nonconference victory over Illinois State on Saturday night to make Bulldogs' coach Rodney Terry a winner in his debut as a Division I head coach.
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.
Bulldogs in Road Openers
Over the past ten years, Fresno State is 6-4 in its road opening game of the season, but have lost three of the past four road openers. The Bulldogs last road opening win came at Northern Arizona when Fresno State beat NAU 65-59 in Flagstaff.
Fresno State Remains WAC's Top Overall Program Over Past Nine Years
With its strong commitment to superior athletic competition and academic performance, Fresno State finished second in the last two Western Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cup races and remained the top program throughout the nine years of the award. The `Dogs rank first among the current WAC institutions, ahead of Nevada and Hawai'i as the top three WAC schools. Fresno State is also one of two repeat Cup winners (2007-08 & 2008-09), along with Rice University (2003-04 & 2004-05) and Boise State University (2009-10 & 2010-11).
Welty Accepts `Dogs Invitation to Join Mountain West Conference
President John D. Welty announced last summer that Fresno State accepted an invitation to become a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Bulldogs will leave the Western Athletic Conference after the 2011-12 season to compete against Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and Wyoming.
"Our Town. Your Team!" --- Fresno State will play at Stanford on ESPNU in the opener of the NIT Season Tip Off on Monday at 8 p.m. The next chance to see the Bulldogs at the Save Mart Center is Nov. 30 when the Academy of Art University Urban Knights visit the San Joaquin Valley. Season tickets are available through the Bulldog Ticket Office.
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