'Dogs Host Pack in First MW Saturday Home Game

Jan. 17, 2013

Game #17 / MW Game #4 • Nevada (9-7, 0-2 MW) at Fresno State (7-9, 1-2 MW)
Jan. 19, 2012 • 7 p.m. PT • Fresno, Calif. --- Save Mart Center (15,596)
TV: None
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom) & ESPN Deportes 1600AM
Live Online Video/Audio: www.gobulldogs.com (Subscription required)
Series record: Nevada leads 49-37 (overall) and Fresno State leads 24-18 (home games)
Last Meeting: NEV 79, FS 76 [3OT] - Feb. 25, 2012 (Fresno, Calif. --- Save Mart Center)

Bulldog Bones
• This is the 87th meeting between Fresno State and Nevada.
• Fresno State has held 14 of its 16 opponents to under 70 points.
• Fresno State leads the Mountain West in 3-point field goal defense (28.4%) and steals per game (8.1 spg)
• Fresno State is second in the MW in scoring defense (58.9 ppg) while Nevada is last in the MW in scoring defense (70.8 ppg).

Inside the Numbers
• This season, Fresno State owns a +52 (+3.3/gm) steal margin (129-77).
• Under Terry, Fresno State has a +149 steal margin (364-215) by averaging 7.4 steals per game and a +3.1 steal edge per contest over 49 games.
• This season, Fresno State owns a +61 points off TOs margin (261-200).
• Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 42 of 49 games.

'Dogs Host Pack in First MW Saturday Home Game
Fresno State (7-9, 1-2 MW) will play Nevada (9-7, 0-2 MW) on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT inside the Save Mart Center. The contest will be broadcast on KMJ 580 AM. A live video/audio feed will be available at www.gobulldogs.com.

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About the Nevada Wolf Pack
The Nevada Wolf Pack enters its matchup with Fresno State looking to bounce back from an 0-2 start in Mountain West play. The Wolf Pack has had a week to prepare since their last game came on Jan. 12 when they were handed a 59-48 loss by Wyoming. Head Coach David Carter's squad started off 9-4, but has lost three consecutive games. The Pack is led by guards Deonte Burton (16.5 ppg) and Malik Story (15.3 ppg).

Against The Nevada Wolf Pack
Fresno State and Nevada have met a total of 86 previous times with the Pack owning a 49-37 advantage. The 'Dogs have been on the losing end of four straight, including a hard-fought 79-76 triple-overtime loss last season, but are 3-1 in the last four meetings at the Save Mart Center. Fresno State and Nevada have met at least twice a year for the past 12 seasons.

'Dogs Lead MW in Guarding the 3-point arc
Fresno State leads the Mountain West and ranks in the Top 20 nationally in 3-point field goal defense by limiting opponents to a 28.4 percent clip from the beyond the 3-point arc through the first 16 games of the season. Nevada enters the game with the worst 3-point field goal percentage of any MW team in converting just 29.4 percent of their attempts this year.

Bulldogs Set Tone Early in First MW Win
In what was billed as a defensive showdown between two of the top defensive teams in the Mountain West, Fresno State systematically wore down Wyoming 49-36 on Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center. Junior Tyler Johnson returned to rotation after missing last Saturday's game at New Mexico due an ankle injury with a game-high 18 points and six rebounds.

Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 41.8 percent shooting (335-of-801) from the field and 28.4 percent 3-point shooting (64-of-229). Fresno State has forced an average of 15.3 turnovers per game (244 total) and own a +61 points off turnover margin (261-200), as well as a +52 steal margin (129-77).

Bulldogs Play With Aggressive Defensive Tenacity
Fresno State has held opponents to an average of 58.9 points per game, which ranks second in the Mountain West lead as well as in the top 50 nationally. The 'Dogs have also held 14 of its 16 opponents under 70 points and limited opponents to under 60 points in nine of their 16 games, including seven of the past 11 contests, as well as two opponents under 40 points.

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 49 games, including 36 of those 49 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 1.4 points per game (60.2 to 58.9), and have played much better offensively in the second half of games by owning a +29 point advantage (518 to 489) in the final 20 minutes of regulation this season.

Efficient Johnson a Steady Hand for the 'Dogs
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. He had his 36 consecutive game start streak snapped against New Mexico (1/12/13). He returned to action with game-best 18 points and six rebounds to key a 49-36 win over Wyoming (1/16/13).

'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 18-12 when playing in the Golden State, including a 13-9 home record.

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 either the AP and/or USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (No. 15/14 San Diego State, No. 19/21 New Mexico and No. 23 UNLV).

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 had made a 3-pointer in 554 consecutive games, which ranked third among current Mountain West institutions, before going 0-for-6 in a 49-36 win over Wyoming on Jan. 16, 2013. The other most recent time Fresno State did not convert a 3-pointer in a game had been 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.

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