Fresno State Hosts No. 16/15 SDSU to Begin MW Era

Jan. 7, 2013

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Game 14 • No. 16/15 San Diego State (12-2, 0-0 MW) at Fresno State (6-7, 0-0 MW)
Jan. 9, 2012 • 8:30 p.m. PT • Fresno, Calif. --- Save Mart Center (15,596)
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet (Steve Quis & Jon Crispin) • Online Video: None
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler - English)
ESPN 1600 AM Deportes (Jesse Beltran & Jose Salas/Octavio Duarte - Spanish)
Series record: San Diego State leads 54-45 (Fresno State leads 27-18 in home games)
Last Meeting: SDSU 62, FS 58 - Nov. 23, 2009 (West Coast Classic - Save Mart Center)

Bulldog Bones
• This is the 103rd* meeting between Fresno State and San Diego State.
• Fresno State has held 12 of its 13 opponents to under 70 points.
• In the past seven games, junior Tyler Johnson is averaging a team-best 13.9 points per game. This season, he leads 'Dogs in A-TO ratio (1.4).
• Fresno State last defeated a Top 25 team on Nov. 15, 2002 when the Bulldogs beat then-No. 20 USC 65-58 at Selland Arena.

Inside the Numbers
• Fresno State ranks third in the MW behind Wyoming and No. 16/15 San Diego State and in the top 50 nationally in scoring defense (59.2 ppg)
• This season, Fresno State owns a +48 steal margin (109-61).
• Under Terry, Fresno State has a +145 steal margin (344-199) by averaging 7.4 steals per game and a +3.2 steal edge per contest over 46 games.
• This season, Fresno State owns a +59 points off TOs margin (214-155)
• Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 41 of 46 games.
• Fresno State is 4-0 this season when recording 10 or more assists.

Fresno State Hosts No. 16/15 SDSU to Begin MW Era
Fresno State (6-7, 0-0 MW) hosts San Diego State (12-2, 0-0 MW) on Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. PT inside the Save Mart Center. Tickets start at $9 for youth and $17 for adults, or can be secured through purchasing Fresno State's Mountain West Debut Mini-Plan. The game, sponsored by Table Mountain, has been designated as a RED OUT, as all fans are asked to wear red and the first 1,000+ fans will receive a free red t-shirt. The team will also wear their red uniforms for the first time at the Save Mart Center.

'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 17-11 when playing in the Golden State, including a 12-8 home record.

About the San Diego State Aztecs
The San Diego State Aztecs enters league play with a 12-2 record. The Aztecs own non-conference wins over then No. 24 UCLA and USC, with their lone losses to Top 10 opponents, Syracuse and Arizona. SDSU's Jamaal Franklin (17.2 ppg/9.9 rpg) and Chase Tapley (15.7 ppg) headline a roster picked as the preseason favorite to win the regular season MW title. Steve Fischer, who is in his 14th season at SDSU and 22nd as a Division I head coach, owns a career 454-244 record with 12 NCAA Tournament appearances - including each of the past three seasons.

Against the San Diego State Aztecs
Fresno State and San Diego State have a long history of playing each other on the hardwood - dating back to 1940. SDSU, who is Fresno State's third-most common opponent, has won the last four meetings, including two at the Save Mar Center. The Bulldogs last defeated the Aztecs on Nov. 27, 2000, but the victory was Fresno State's third over SDSU vacated due to the use of an ineligible student-athlete. The most recent official win by Fresno State over San Diego State was a 92-57 win in the 2008 WAC Tournament on March 5, 1998. SDSU leads the all-time series 54-45.

Efficient Johnson Finding His Role, Groove
Since erupting for a then career-best 19 points to key Fresno State's 64-59 road win at Long Beach State, junior Tyler Johnson is averaging a team-best 13.9 points per game to go with 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists over the past seven games. This season, Johnson leads the team with 10.8 points per game and owns the team's best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4 A-TOs). He posted a career-best 25 points to key the Bulldogs' 89-64 win over Sonoma State.

Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 42.0 percent shooting (268-of-638) from the field and 30.2 percent 3-point shooting (52-of-172). Fresno State has forced an average of 15.9 turnovers per game (207 total) and own a +59 points off turnover margin (214-155), as well as a +48 steal margin (109-61).

Bulldogs Play with Aggressive Defensive Tenacity
Fresno State has held opponents to an average of 59.2 points per game, which ranks third in the Mountain West lead behind undefeated Wyoming and No. 16/15 San Diego State, as well as in the top 50 nationally. The 'Dogs have also held 12 of its 13 opponents under 70 points and limited opponents to under 60 points in eight of their 13 games, including six of the past eight 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 41 of the 46 games, including 36 of those 46 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 49 points (7.0 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 3.0 points per game (62.2 to 59.2), and have played much better offensively in the second half of games by owning a +32 point advantage (436 to 404) in the final 20 minutes of regulation this season.

Olekaibe Moving Up the Bulldogs' Record Books
Junior Kevin Olekaibe currently ranks 27th on Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 1,030 career points in 75 games. He also ranks seventh in 3-point field goal attempts (504) and eighth in 3-point field goals made (165). Olekaibe owns the seventh-best career free throw clip (187-236, 79.2%).

Huddleston Provides Instant Scoring Presence
Redshirt junior guard Allen Huddleston has provided a potent scoring threat from the backcourt. Huddleston, who sat out last season as a Division I transfer form Pacific, has been one of the top 25 scorers in the Mountain West during non-conference play (10.2 ppg).

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 two teams ranked in the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (No. 16/15 San Diego State, No. 24/19 UNLV, No. 25 New Mexico and No. 25 Wyoming). The MW is one of six conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC) to have at multiple teams listed by both panels. The MW has had one team ranked in both polls for 22 consecutive weeks and two teams listed in the AP poll for 20 straight weeks. Two MW teams have been ranked in the Coaches' poll 19 of the last 20 weeks.

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.

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 The flagship radio stations for Fresno State men's basketball are KMJ 580 AM (English) and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Spanish).