'Dogs Off to Boise for MW Road Clash

Jan. 21, 2013

Bulldog Bones
• This is the 32nd meeting between Fresno State and Boise State.
• Fresno State has held 15 of its 17 opponents to under 70 points.
• Fresno State leads the MW in 3-point field goal defense (28.8%).
• Fresno State is second in the MW in scoring defense (59.8 ppg), total steals (134) and steals per game (8.1 spg).
• Tyler Johnson has drained four 3-pointers in three of his last five games.

Inside the Numbers
• This season, Fresno State owns a +52 (+3.3/gm) steal margin (134-82).
• Under Terry, Fresno State has a +149 steal margin (369-220) by averaging 7.4 steals per game and a +3.0 steal edge per contest over 50 games.
• This season, Fresno State owns a +65 points off TOs margin (271-206).
• Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 42 of 50 games.

'Dogs Head to Boise Looking to Get Back on Track
Fresno State (7-10, 1-3 MW) will visit Boise State (13-4, 1-2 MW) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT. The contest will be broadcast on KMJ 580 AM. A live audio feed will be available at www.gobulldogs.com.

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About the Boise State Broncos
Boise State enters the matchup having lost its last two Mountain West games after topping Wyoming at the buzzer in its first. Third-year head coach Leon Rice's Broncos are led by a balance attack on offense with three players averaging in double figures. Derrick Marks is the top scorer averaging 17.0 ppg while Anthony Drmic is a close second (15.9 ppg). On the boards, Ryan Watkins is the top Bronco on the glass with 7.6 rpg.

Against the Boise State Broncos
The 'Dogs and Broncos have almost evenly split the all-time series, with BSU owning a 16-15 edge. The most recent meeting, Fresno State tamed the Broncos at home, 72-59, on Jan. 2, 2012 in a non-conference game.

Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 41.6 percent shooting (352-of-846) from the field and 28.8 percent 3-point shooting (69-of-240). Fresno State has forced an average of 14.8 turnovers per game (251 total) and own a +65 points off turnover margin (271-206), as well as a +52 steal margin (134-82).

Bulldogs Play with Aggressive Defensive Tenacity
Fresno State has held opponents to an average of 59.4 points per game, which ranks second in the Mountain West as well as in the top 50 nationally. The 'Dogs have also held 15 of its 17 opponents under 70 points and limited opponents to under 60 points in nine of their 17 games, including seven of the past 12 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 50 games, including 36 of those 50 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 86 points (8.6 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 +0.9 points per game (60.3 to 59.4), and have played much better offensively in the second half of games by owning a +23 point advantage (552 to 429) 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 1,060 career points in 79 games. He also ranks seventh in 3-point field goal attempts (528) and 3-point field goals made (171). Olekaibe owns the seventh-best career free throw clip (193-242, 79.8%).

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). He averaged 17 points per game in his first week back from the injury.

Harris Showing He Can Score All Over Floor
Freshman guard Marvelle Harris is quickly showing that he is one of the Bulldogs' most dynamic scorers with the ability to find ways to score from all over the floor. Harris scored a then career-best 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven made free throws to lead his squad during a 91-78 road loss against a talented UCLA squad emerging as a Pac-12 contender before topping his performance in his next game by putting up a career-high 20 points in an 89-64 wire-to-wire win over Sonoma State. This season, Harris is averaging eight points per game and has topped the double-digit scoring mark five times.

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 either the AP and/or USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (No. 15/17 New Mexico and No. RV/25 San Diego State).

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.

'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.

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.

Free Throws Play Key Factor in `Dogs Loss to Pack
Nevada scored 30 of its 68 points at the free throw line while the Bulldogs converted just 57.1 percent of its 21 attempts in a tough 68-61 loss to the Pack. Fresno State's Tyler Johnson poured in a team-high 16, including a career-high tying four three-pointers.

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