Dec. 21, 2012
Game 12 Fresno State (5-6) at UCLA (8-3)
Dec. 22, 2012 8 p.m. PT Los Angeles, Calif. - New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Paul Sunderland & Don MacLean)
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Series record: UCLA leads 6-0 (overall) and 5-0 (FS road games)
Last Meeting: UCLA 110, Fresno State 89 - Dec. 27, 1990 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
TV VIEWING INFO:
The Pac-12 Network is available in Fresno on Comcast Ch. 434 and Dish TV Ch. 413. No other provider in Fresno carries the Pac-12 Network.
This is the seventh meeting between Fresno State and UCLA.
Fresno State has held each of its last six opponents to under 60 points.
This season, MW teams are a nation-best 77-18 in non-conference games, with seven of the losses to opponents ranked in the Top 25.
This is the third game that the 'Dogs are playing a Pac-12 opponent this season. Under Terry, Fresno State has two wins over Pac-12 teams.
Inside the Numbers
Fresno State is tied with undefeated Wyoming for the MW lead and ranks in the top 20 in the nation in scoring defense (55.8 ppg)
UCLA is averaging 78.5 points per game, while Fresno State has not allowed an opponent to score over 70 points in a game this season.
This season, Fresno State owns a +43 steal margin (90-47).
Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has a +140 steal margin by averaging 7.3 steals per game and a +3.1 steal edge per contest over 44 games.
This season, Fresno State owns a +47 points off TOs margin (173-126)
Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 40 of 44 games.
Fresno State is 3-0 this season when recording 10 or more assists.
'Dogs Head To New Pauley Pavilion to Face UCLA
Fresno State (5-6) will visit UCLA (8-3) on Saturday night at 8 p.m. inside the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion. The game will be featured on the Pac-12 Networks, which is only available in Fresno on Comcast and Dish.
About the UCLA Bruins
The UCLA Bruins are 8-3 this season and in the middle of a six-game homestand in the New Pauley Pavilion. UCLA head coach Ben Howland is in his 10th season and has guided the Bruins to the NCAA tournament in six of nine seasons. The Bruins are led by superstar freshmen Jordan Adams and Shabazz Muhammad who have been the top scorers in nine of their 11 games this fall. Muhammad, the 2012 Naismith Boys' High School Player of the Year, leads the team in scoring with 17.8 ppg and adds 4.8 rpg while Adams is a close second scoring 17.5 ppg.
Against the UCLA Bruins
Fresno State and UCLA have met only six previous times with the Bruins owning a 6-0 advantage. Saturday's matchup between the schools will be the first in over 20 years with the last meeting back on Dec. 27, 1990 (UCLA 110-FS 89). All but one of the matchups have occurred away from Fresno, including a NIT Quarterfinal matchup in 1985 in Los Angeles.
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 and 50-43 at home to Colorado and visit UCLA on Dec. 22 at the new Pauley Pavilion.
Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 40.0 percent shooting (211-of-527) from the field and 28.0 percent 3-point shooting (40-of-143). Fresno State has forced an average of 16.0 turnovers per game (176 total) and own a +47 points off turnover margin (173-126), as well as a +43 steal margin (90-47).
Bulldogs Play With aggressive Defensive Tenacity
Fresno State has held opponents to an average of 55.8 points per game, which is tied for the Mountain West lead with undefeated Wyoming, as well as in the top 20 nationally. 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 eight of their 11 games, including each of the past six contests.
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 40 of the 44 games, including 35 of those 44 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.
Bulldogs Focused on Executing Down the Stretch
The Bulldogs' losses have come by a combined 36 points (6.0 points per game) and two of the defeats were decided by a single possession (three points or fewer). Fresno State has outscored opponents by an average of 2.5 points per game (58.3 to 55.8), and have played much better offensively in the second half of games by owning a +25 point advantage (348 to 323) in the final 20 minutes of regulation this season.
Olekaibe Moving Up The Bulldogs' Record Books
Junior Kevin Olekaibe currently ranks 29th on Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 1,005 career points in 73 games. He also ranks seventh in 3-point field goal attempts (495) and ninth in 3-point field goals made (161). 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 20 scorers in the Mountain West during non-conference play (11.7 ppg).
'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 16-9 when playing in the Golden State, including an 11-7 home record and a 1-2 mark against Pac-12 opponents on California floors.
Mountain West Teams Strong out of the Gate
Through games of December 18, Mountain West teams still boast the nation's best collective win percentage. MW squads are 73-18 against non-conference opponents for a .802 win percentage. Seven of the MW's 18 losses have been to teams that were or are currently ranked (Texas, Syracuse, Michigan State, Colorado, Wichita State).
With its 73-18 non-conference mark, the Mountain West is on pace to post the best composite out-of-conference record in the league's 14-year history. The MW's .802 win percentage currently ranks ahead of the .756 (102-33) clip the league compiled last season. The MW has finished with a .700 or better win percentage in non-conference play each of the last three seasons and four times overall.
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. 16/17 New Mexico and No. 21/18 UNLV) as well as undefeated Wyoming receiving votes in both national polls. The Mountain West had the fifth-best conference RPI through games of December 16, according to Collegiate Basketball News, ranking ahead of the Atlantic-10, Big 12 and SEC.
Fresno State Picked to Finish Seventh in MW
Fresno State was projected to finish seventh out of nine Mountain West schools, as selected by a voting panel comprised of Conference media, during preseason voting. Defending MW co-regular season champion San Diego State edged UNLV as the Conference media's preseason favorite to win the MW men's basketball regular-season title in 2012-13.
Dialing from Long Distance
Fresno State has made a 3-pointer in 550 consecutive games, which ranks third among current Mountain West institutions. The last time Fresno State did not convert a 3-pointer in a game was back on Dec. 2, 1995 versus Princeton in the Coors Light Classic at Selland Arena, which the Tigers won 59-54. The MW's UNLV currently holds the NCAA record for consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer as the Runnin' Rebels are one of only three schools in the nation to make one 3-pointer in every one of their games since the rule was implemented.
2013 Mountain West Championships Tickets on Sale
Reserved all-session tickets are on sale now for $180 for all 16 games (men's and women's games) through the Bulldog Ticket Office by calling 559-278-3647. The 2013 Mountain West Basketball Championships, which will be played March 12-16 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, tips off on Tuesday, March 12 with the men's and women's first-round contests featuring the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds. The men's quarterfinals will be held on Wednesday, March 13, followed by the women's quarterfinals on Thursday, March 14. Semifinal action will take place on Friday, March 15, with the men's and women's championship games set for Saturday, March 16. The men's final will be televised on CBS for the first time in Mountain West history. The men's championship game tips off on Saturday, March 16 at 3:05 p.m. PT, followed by the women's final, which will air on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 7:05 p.m. PT.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- Fresno State's Mountain West Mini-Plan starts as low as $85 and can be purchased by calling 559-278-DOGS (Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.) or visiting www.gobulldogs.com/miniplan. The flagship radio stations for Fresno State men's basketball are KMJ 580 AM (English) and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Spanish).
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