Dec. 20, 2013
2013 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic
Game 12: Fresno State (6-5) vs. No. 16 Florida (8-2)
Dec. 21, 2013 1:30 p.m. PT Sunrise, Fla. (BB&T Center)
TV: Fox Sports Net - Florida
Radio: 790 AM ESPN Radio (Randy Rosenbloom & Stephen Trembley)
Series record/Last Meeting: N/A (First meeting)
Fresno State is playing its first-ever game in the state of Florida.
Fresno State last played a SEC opponent on March 14, 2007 in the first round of the NIT with Fresno State losing 88-78 at Georgia.
Fresno State newcomer and sophomore point guard Cezar Guerrero has scored 10 or more points in each of his first 11 games as a Bulldog.
Sophomore guard Marvelle Harris is averaging a team-best 17.9 ppg.
Inside the Numbers
Fresno State last defeated a Top 25 team on Feb. 10, 2002 when the Bulldogs beat then-No. 14 Oklahoma State 58-52 at Selland Arena in Fresno.
Fresno State is 3-0 in overtime games this season and has outscored opponents 37-22 in those three overtime sessions.
Fresno State is 6-0 this season when they `Dogs have a better free throw percentage than its opponent.
Under Terry, Fresno State has a +182 steal margin (531-349) by averaging 7.2 steals/game and a +2.5 steal edge/contest over 74 games.
Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 56 of 74 games.
Fresno State Makes First Trip to Sunshine State
Fresno State (6-5) completes a difficult three-game December road stretch when the Bulldogs take part in the 2013 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic and face No. 16 Florida. The game is on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net Florida, and can be heard live on 790 AM ESPN Radio.
About the Florida Gators
The 16th-ranked Florida Gators are members of the Southeastern Conference. The Gators are 8-2 on the season, including a 7-0 record when play in their home state of Florida. Casey Prather leads Florida with an average of 18.7 ppg and 5.9 rpg. This is the first meeting between the schools.
'Dogs Shine in OT Thrillers in Season's First Month
In its first nine games of the season Fresno State played three overtime games - winning all three. The Bulldogs opened 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 Bakersfield (96-86) and Northern Arizona (71-67) to improve to 3-0 in overtime games.
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 significant spark for the Bulldogs' offense. In his first 10 games, Guerrero has scored at least 10 points in all of them, while dishing out 47 assists (4.7 apg) and converting 84.6 percent of his free throw attempts (33-of-39).
Watson Making Immediate Impact for Bulldogs
Fresno State freshman forward Paul Watson has made an immediate impact for the 'Dogs - even playing out of his natural position. He scored a career-best 20 points when the 'Dogs played at Utah. He is making 54.5 percent of his field goal attempts (42-of-77), 40.6 percent of his 3-point attempts (13-of-32) and 80.0 percent of his free throw attempts (32-of-40).
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