Fresno State to represent the Mountain West in 2016 NCAA Tournament
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Fresno State will represent the Mountain West in the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship with Sunday’s bracket announcement. MW tournament champion Fresno State received the league’s automatic bid.
This is just the second time in Conference history that only one MW team has been invited to the NCAA tournament. In 2001, BYU was a No. 12 seed and lost in the first round to Cincinnati (84-59). This snaps a streak of 15 consecutive years with at least one MW team earning an at-large selection.
No. 14 Seed Fresno State vs. No. 3 Utah – Midwest Region
Thursday, March 17 – 5:27 p.m. MT
Pepsi Center – Denver, Colorado
No. 14 seed Fresno State (25-9) received its sixth NCAA selection in program history and the first since 2001. The Bulldogs earned the automatic bid after defeating MW regular season champion San Diego State in the 2016 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship game last Saturday (68-63). Fresno State will take on No. 3 seed Utah in the Midwest Region. The Utes earned a spot in the Big Dance as an at-large selection from the Pac-12 Conference.
Fresno State is 2-5 all-time in NCAA tournament games, with one of those losses subsequently vacated in 2000 due to use of an ineligible student-athlete. The two Bulldog victories came in 2001 (82-70 over California) and in 1982 (50-46 over West Virginia).
Looking at Fresno State…
- Fresno State compiled a 1-2 record this season against teams that have been invited to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The Bulldogs defeated Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 16, 2015 (76-68), and were beaten by Oregon (78-73) and Arizona (85-72) on Nov. 30 and Dec. 9, 2015, respectively.
- Utah holds a 10-4 series advantage over Fresno State. The Utes and Bulldogs last met on Dec. 7, 2013, with Utah winning 90-77. The Utes have won three of the last four contests.
- If Fresno State advances, the Bulldogs will face the winner of No. 6 Seton Hall (25-8) vs. No. 11 Gonzaga (26-7). Seton Hall earned an automatic bid after capturing the Big East Conference tournament crown, while Gonzaga won the West Coast Conference tournament title to also receive an automatic bid.