Fresno State to Battle Wyoming Wednesday Night
Jan. 13, 2013
Game 16 Wyoming (14-1, 1-1 MW) at Fresno State (6-9, 0-2 MW)
Jan. 16, 2012 7 p.m. PT Fresno, Calif. --- Save Mart Center (15,596)
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Live Online Video/Audio: www.gobulldogs.com (Subscription required)
Series record: Fresno State leads 9-6 and 7-0 in home games
Last Meeting: FS 76, WYO 68 - Feb. 20, 1997 (Fresno, Calif. --- Selland Arena)
This is the 16th meeting between Fresno State and Wyoming.
Fresno State has held 13 of its 15 opponents to under 70 points.
Both Fresno State and Wyoming are two of the top defensive teams in the Mountain West and the country.
Inside the Numbers
FS center Robert Upshaw ranks 2nd in MW in blocks (25) and blocks per game (2.08 bpg), WYO's Washington leads MW (32 blks/2.13 bpg)
This season, Fresno State owns a +50 (+3.3/gm) steal margin (123-73).
Under Terry, Fresno State has a +147 steal margin (358-211) by averaging 7.5 steals per game and a +3.1 steal edge per contest over 48 games.
This season, Fresno State owns a +67 points off TOs margin (253-186)
Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 42 of 48 games.
Fresno State to Battle Wyoming Wednesday Night
Fresno State (6-9, 0-2 MW) welcomes Wyoming (14-1, 1-1 MW) to the Save Mart Center on Wednesday and Nevada (9-7, 0-2 MW) on Saturday. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m. PT and be broadcast on KMJ 580 AM. A live video/audio feed will be available at www.gobulldogs.com.
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About the Wyoming Cowboys
The Wyoming Cowboys are 14-1 on the season, including a program-best 13-0 start, and split their first two MW games with a 63-61 home loss to Boise State before earning a 49-38 victory at Nevada on Saturday. The Cowboys, who were ranked last week No. 25 in the nation in the USA Today Coaches Poll, are led by Leonard Washington (14.9 ppg/8.8 rpg/2.1 bpg). Larry Shyatt is in his second stint as the head coach at Wyoming.
Against The Wyoming Cowboys
This will be the 16th meeting between Fresno State and Wyoming and the first since 1997. The Bulldogs own a 9-6 edge in the all-time series and have won three of the past four contests. The 'Dogs have also won all seven home games versus the Pokes, with the last meeting coming back on Feb. 20, 1997 when Fresno State down Wyoming 76-68 at Selland Arena.
Two of the Best Defensive Teams in MW Square Off
Fresno State and Wyoming enter Wednesday's meeting as two of the defensive leaders in the Mountain West and both rank in the top 50 nationally in scoring defense. The Cowboys lead the conference in scoring defense (54.7 ppg) while the Bulldogs are second in 3-point field goal defense (29.7%) and third in scoring defense (60.4 ppg). Both teams have also averaged four blocks per game through their first 15 games of the season.
'Dogs Battle Two MW Defending Champs in Week 1
In its debut week of MW conference action, the Bulldogs came up a possession short in a 65-62 loss to then-No. 16/15 San Diego State (defending MW regular season champion) and allowed then-No. 25 New Mexico (defending MW Tournament champion) to rattle off a game-changing 16-2 run to close the first half en route to a 72-45 win for the Lobos.
Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 43.0 percent shooting (323-of-751) from the field and 29.7 percent 3-point shooting (60-of-202). Fresno State has forced an average of 15.6 turnovers per game (234 total) and own a +67 points off turnover margin (253-186), as well as a +50 steal margin (123-73).
Bulldogs Play with Aggressive Defensive Tenacity
Fresno State has held opponents to an average of 59.6 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Mountain West lead as well as in the top 50 nationally. The 'Dogs have also held 13 of its 15 opponents under 70 points and limited opponents to under 60 points in eight of their 15 games, including six of the past 10 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 42 of the 48 games, including 36 of those 48 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 79 points (8.7 points per game) and three of the defeats were decided by a single possession (three points or fewer). Fresno State has outscored opponents by an average of 0.6 points per game (61.0 to 60.4), and have played much better offensively in the second half of games by owning a +26 point advantage (495 to 469) in the final 20 minutes of regulation this season.
Olekaibe Moving Up the Bulldogs' Record Books
Junior Kevin Olekaibe currently ranks 25th on Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 1,050 career points in 77 games. He also ranks seventh in 3-point field goal attempts (521) and 3-point field goals made (169). Olekaibe owns the seventh-best career free throw clip (191-240, 79.5%).
Efficient Johnson Hitting Groove, Suffers Setback
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 averaged a team-best 13.9 points per game to go with 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists over the next seven games. He posted a career-best 25 points to key the Bulldogs' 89-64 win over Sonoma State before suffering an ankle injury in the opening minutes of Fresno State's MW opener vs. then-No. 16/15 SDSU. His status is day-to-day and had his 36 consecutive games start streak snapped against New Mexico (1/12/13). He is expected to be available for Wednesday's game versus Wyoming.
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