Game 10 Colorado (7-2) at Fresno State (5-4)
Dec. 12, 2012 7 p.m. PT Fresno, Calif. - Save Mart Center (15,596)
TV: None Live Video: www.gobulldogs.com (subscription required)
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom - English)
ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Jesse Beltran & Jose Salas/Octavio Duarte - Spanish)
Series record: Colorado leads 3-2 (overall) & Fresno State leads 1-0 (home games)
Last Meeting: Colorado 71, Fresno State 64 - Dec. 7, 2011 (Boulder, Colo.)
This is the sixth all-time meeting between Fresno State and Colorado, but just the second in Fresno and first time at the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State is one win away from its 100th victory at the SMC.
This season, MW teams are a nation-best 64-16 in non-conference games, with six of the losses to opponents ranked in the Top 25.
Allen Huddleston has scored 10+ points in seven of the last eight games.
Fresno State plays 12 of its 29 regular season games against teams that made the 2012 NCAA Tournament
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|Head Coach Rodney Terry
|Junior Guard Kevin Olekaibe
|Junior Forward Jerry Brown
Inside the Numbers
Fresno State ranks second in the Mountain West and 19th nationally in scoring defense (56.2 ppg); Wyoming leads the MW and ranks 15th in the nation (55.3 ppg)
Colorado is averaging 72.1 points, while Fresno State has not allowed an opponent to score over 70 points in a game this season.
This season, Fresno State owns a +35 steal margin (73-38).
Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has a +132 steal margin by averaging 7.3 steals per game and a +3.1 steal edge per contest over 42 games.
This season, Fresno State owns a +40 points off TOs margin (144-104)
Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 38 of 42 games.
Fresno State is 3-0 this season when recording 10 or more assists.
12/12/12: Fresno State Welcomes Colorado to SMC
Fresno State (5-4) hosts Colorado (7-2) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside the Save Mart Center. This is the first time the teams have met in Fresno since Jan. 3, 1974 when the Bulldogs defeated the Buffs 80-70 at Selland Arena. Ticket prices start at $17 for adults and $9 for youth. The full Bulldog Marching Band will make a special pre-game performance.
About the Colorado Buffaloes
The defending Pac-12 Tournament champion Colorado Buffaloes are 7-2 this year, with key wins over Baylor (60-58), Murray State (81-74), Air Force (89-74) and Colorado State (70-61) and road losses at Wyoming (76-69) and Kansas (90-54). The Buffs have four players averaging more than 10 points/game. Spencer Dinwiddle (16.2 ppg), Askia Booker (14.2 ppg), John Scott (12.8 ppg) and Andre Roberson (11.6 ppg/11.4 rpg).
Against the Colorado Buffaloes
Colorado leads the all-time series 3-2 with Fresno State, but the Bulldogs have won the lone meeting in Fresno back during the 1973-74 season when the 'Dogs won 80-70 at Selland Arena. The teams last squared off last season in Boulder, when CU earned a 71-64 victory on Dec. 7, 2011.
Bulldogs Making Run through Pac-12 Opponents
In Terry's first two seasons, Fresno State will play a total of seven different Pac-12 opponents, including two at the Save Mart Center (Utah and Colorado). This year, the Bulldogs lost 59-50 at Washington State, host Colorado on Dec. 12 and visit UCLA on Dec. 22 at the new Pauley Pavilion. Last season, the Bulldogs played five games against Pac-12 teams and went 2-3 in those games with a 82-52 home win over Utah and a thrilling 68-65 comeback road victory at Arizona State.
'Dogs Defend Ground in Golden State Under Terry
For the second straight season, Fresno State is playing 19 of its regular season games in the state of California. Under Coach Terry, Fresno State is 16-8 when playing in the Golden State, including an 11-6 home record and 1-1 mark against Pac-12 opponents when playing in California.
Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 40.6 percent shooting (174-of-429) from the field and 28.5 percent 3-point shooting (35-of-123). Fresno State has forced an average of 15.5 turnovers per game (140 total) and own a +40 points off turnover margin (144-104), as well as a +35 steal margin (73-38).
Bulldogs Focus on Defensive Tenacity
Fresno State has held opponents to an average of 56.2 points per game, which ranks second in the Mountain West behind Wyoming's 55.3 points allowed per game, as well as 19th in the nation. The 'Dogs have also not allowed an opponent to score more than 70 points in a game and limited opponents to under 60 points in six of their nine games.
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 38 of the 42 games, including 33 of those 42 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.
Olekaibe Moving Up the Bulldogs' Record Books
Junior Kevin Olekaibe currently ranks 30th on Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 990 career points in 71 games. He also ranks seventh in 3-point field goal attempts (485) and ninth in 3-point field goals made (158). Olekaibe owns the seventh-best career free throw clip (79.0%).
Huddleston Provides Instant Scoring Presence
Redshirt junior point guard Allen Huddleston has provided a multi-dimensional scoring threat from the backcourt. Huddleston, who sat out last season as a Division I transfer form Pacific, has been one of the top 15 scorers in the Mountain West during non-conference play (12.2 ppg).
Newcomers Step Up in Fresno State Debuts
With Rodney Terry fielding his first full recruiting class with the addition of nine newcomers to the Bulldogs' roster, five of those nine have earned playing time - junior starting point guard Allen Huddleston and freshmen Aaron Anderson, Tanner Giddings, Marvelle Harris and Upshaw. Huddleston scored nine points, dished out three assists and grabbed three rebounds as Fresno State's starting point guard in its season-opening 55-53 loss at then-No. 24 Texas. In that game, Harris posted a team-best 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor, Giddings tallied four points, three blocks and an offensive board while Anderson picked up an assist. Upshaw made his debut with four points in the 76-67 win at Cal Poly.
Mountain West Teams Strong Out of the Gate
Through games as of Dec. 11, Mountain West teams boasted the nation's best collective win percentage. MW squads are 64-16 against non-conference opponents for a .800 win percentage. Six of the MW's losses are to ranked opponents (Texas, Syracuse, Michigan State, Colorado and Wichita State).
Bulldogs Begin Mountain West Era
Fresno State is in its first season as a member of the Mountain West, which produced four NCAA Tournament teams last year. The MW features three teams ranked in the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (No. 18/15 San Diego State, No. 17/20 New Mexico and No. 20/17 UNLV) as well Wyoming receiving votes in both national polls.
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