The 29th edition of the Fresno State Classic will take place Friday through Sunday at the Save Mart Center.
Nov. 27, 2013
Fresno State Classic - Weekend Notes
2013 Fresno State Classic, presented by The First Tee of Fresno (29th Edition)
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013 Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center - 15,596)
Teams: Fresno State, Bakersfield, Drake and Northern Arizona
TV (All Games): Mountain West Network (www.GoBulldogs.com/videos)
Online Audio (Fresno State games only): www.GoBulldogs.com
Radio: 940 AM ESPN Radio - Paul Loeffler (Sunday), Randy Rosenbloom (Saturday/Sunday), Donny Baarns (Friday) & Marc Q. Jones (Friday/Saturday)
The Fresno State Classic returns to the Valley for the 29th time.
Fresno State newcomer Cezar Guerrero has scored 10 or more points in each of the Bulldogs' first six games.
Fresno State is off to its best start (4-2) under coach Rodney Terry
Inside the Numbers
Sophomore Marvelle Harris is averaging a team-best 15.8 ppg.
Senior Tyler Johnson is nearly averaging a double-double per game with an average of 14.3 points and 8.2 rebounds through the first six games.
Through the first six games, Fresno State has dished out 84 assists (14.0 apg) for a 71.4 percent increase from the first six games last season.
Under Terry, Fresno State has a +173 steal margin (496-323) by averaging 7.3 steals/game and a +2.7 steal edge/contest over 69 games.
Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 52 of 69 games.
'Dogs Host 29th Fresno State Classic This Weekend
Fresno State will play three games in three days with the Bulldogs hosting Drake on Friday at 7 p.m., Bakersfield on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Northern Arizona on Sunday at 2 p.m. Each day will also feature an early game between the other schools participating in the 2013 Fresno State Classic, presented by The First Tee of Fresno. All Fresno State games will be broadcast live on 940 AM ESPN Radio with the audio feed also available for free at www.GoBulldogs.com. All tournament games will also be broadcast on the Mountain West Network.
Fresno State Classic To the Valley
For the first time since 2007, the Fresno State Classic is back. The tournament features three days of college basketball at the Save Mart Center.
'Dogs Put Home Win Streak On the Line
Fresno State has won its last home regular season games - dating back to a 56-41 win over Air Force in last season's home finale. So far this season, Fresno State has earned home wins over Northridge (80-64), Cal Poly (63-46) and San Diego Christian (92-59) to start 3-0 at home for the second time in the past three seasons under Terry. In each of these victories, at least five Bulldogs reached double figures - including a double-double by Tyler Johnson (18 points and 12 rebounds) in the win over CSUN. Senior Allen Huddleston scored a team-high 14 points and pulled down a career-best seven rebounds to lead the Bulldogs' dominating 17-point win over the Mustangs. Freshman Karachi Edo posted his first career double-double in the win over San Diego Christian.
Fresno State Classic - History
As one of college basketball's best West Coast showcases, Fresno State is hosting its 29th regular season men's college basketball tournaments this year.
Formerly known as the Coors Light, Trend Homes, McCaffrey and World Vision Classics, the tournament was first held in 1979. It has crowned 13 different champions: Fresno State (16), Kansas State (1), LaSalle (1), Long Beach State (1), McNeese State (1), Pepperdine (1), Princeton (1), Purdue (1), San Francisco (1), San Diego State (1), Santa Clara (1), UC Irvine (1) and Washington (1).
The Bulldogs, who have won the tournament 16 times while being a runner-up 11 times, make their 29th appearance this year. Northern Arizona, of the Big Sky Conference, is competing for the second time, while Drake, of the Missouri Valley Conference, and CSU Bakersfield, of the Western Athletic Conference, are making their debut performances.
Drawing more than 500,000 in its previous 28 regular season home tournaments, the three-day multi-team showcase is the Bulldogs' first home regular season tournament since 2007 and the fifth at the Save Mart Center - the site of two NCAA women's basketball regionals (2007 & 2012).
In addition, the Bulldogs' success over the years in the Classic has churned out 14 tournament Most Valuable Players: Pete Verhoeven (1979), Rod Higgins (1981), Bernard Thompson (1982), Mike Mitchell (1985), Wil Hooker (1991), Carl Ray Harris (1993), Kendric Brooks (1995), Dominick Young (1996), Chris Herren (1997), Courtney Alexander (1998, '99), Tito Maddox (2000), Chris Jefferies (2001), Ja'Vance Coleman (2004) and Dominic McGuire (2006).
The 1997 Classic was a record-setting tournament for the Fresno State Bulldogs. They set five tournament records - points (211), field goals (78), rebounds (117), assists (59) and blocked shots (21). In one game, the Bulldogs established a tournament-best 197 points, 65 rebounds and 13 blocked shots against North Florida along with posting a record-setting 90 field goals attempted versus Long Island And individually, former Bulldog standout Rafer Alston set a single-game record for assists (17) against North Florida and dished out a tournament-best mark of 25 assists overall.