Dec. 4, 2013
Game 10: Fresno State (6-3) at Utah (6-1)
Dec. 7, 2013 2 p.m. PT Salt Lake City, Utah (Huntsman Event Center)
TV: Pac-12 Network (Paul Sunderland & Matt Muehlebach)
Radio: 940 AM ESPN Radio & www.GoBulldogs.com (Randy Rosenbloom & Marc Q. Jones)
Series record: Utah leads 9-4 (overall) and 6-1 (road games for Fresno State)
Last Meeting: Fresno State 82, Utah 52 (12/3/11 - Fresno, Calif.)
Next Up for Fresno State: Dec. 14 at California; Dec. 21 vs. No. 15/12 Florida (in Sunrise, Fla.)
This is the fourth straight season that Fresno State has faced at least two Pac-12 teams during non-conference play.
Fresno State newcomer and sophomore point guard Cezar Guerrero has scored 10 or more points in each of his first nine games as a Bulldog.
Fresno State is off to its best start (6-3) under third-year coach Rodney Terry. This is also the Bulldogs' best start since opening 7-0 in 2006-07.
Inside the Numbers
Sophomore guard Marvelle Harris is averaging a team-best 18.0 ppg.
Through the first six games, Fresno State has dished out 130 assists (14.4 apg) for a 64.5 percent increase from the first nine games last season.
Fresno State guards have netted 87.3 percent of the Bulldogs' scoring.
Under Terry, Fresno State has a +178 steal margin (516-338) by averaging 7.2 steals/game and a +2.5 steal edge/contest over 72 games.
Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 55 of 72 games.
Fresno State is 3-0 in overtime games this season and has outscored opponents 37-22 in those three overtime sessions.
Fresno State Starts December Road Trip at Utah
Fresno State (6-3) begins a difficult three-game December road stretch when the Bulldogs visit the Pac-12's Utah Runnin' Utes (6-1) on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on the main Pac-12 Network, and can be heard live on 940 AM ESPN Radio with the audio feed also available for free at www.GoBulldogs.com.
About the Utah Runnin' Utes
The Utah Runnin' Utes are members of the Pac-12 Conference. The Utes are 6-1 after opening the season with six straight victories before falling 69-67 on the road at the Mountain West's Boise State. Jordan Loveridge leads Utah with 16.4 ppg and 10.1 rpg, and owns an 80.5 percent clip at the free throw line (33-of-41).
Against the Utah Runnin' Utes
Utah leads the all-time series with Fresno State 9-4, including a 6-1 advantage for the Utes in home games. The 'Dogs won the last previous meeting between the schools when Fresno State beat Utah 82-52 on Dec. 3, 2011.
'Dogs Shine in OT Thrillers in Season's First Month
Fresno State is just nine games into the 2013-14 season and has already played three overtime games - winning all three. The Bulldogs opened the season by beating UC Irvine 98-97 when Allen Huddleston banked in 40-foot buzzer beater. And then during its 29th Fresno State Classic, the 'Dogs outlasted both CSU Bakersfield (96-86) and Northern Arizona (71-67) to improve to 3-0 in overtime games this season.
Guerrero Taking Control of the Offense
After sitting out last season as a transfer from Oklahoma State, Fresno State redshirt sophomore point guard Cezar Guerrero has provided a signficant spark for the Bulldogs' offense. In his first nine games, Guerrero has scored at least 10 points in all nine of them, while dishing out 41 assists (4.4 apg) and converting 83.8 percent of his free throws (31-of-37).
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