'Dogs Renew Rivalry with UNLV

Feb. 4, 2013

Game 21 • UNLV (17-5, 4-3 MW) at Fresno State (7-13, 1-6 MW)
Feb. 6, 2013 • 6 p.m. PT • Fresno, Calif. --- Save Mart Center (15,596)
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet • Live Online Audio: www.gobulldogs.com/allaccess
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom - English) & ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Spanish)
Series record: UNLV leads 27-6 (overall) and 9-4 (in Fresno, Calif.)
Last Meeting: UNLV 82, FS 76 - Dec. 3, 2008 (Fresno, Calif. - Save Mart Center)

Bulldog Bones
• This is the 34th meeting between Fresno State and Air Force.
• Fresno State has held 16 of its 20 opponents to under 70 points.
• Fresno State leads the MW in steals/game (8.1 spg), and ranks second in total steals (162) and 3-point field goal defense (30.1%).
• Robert Upshaw leads the MW in blocks/game (2.2 bpg).
• Freshman Braeden Anderson is eligible and expected to play versus UNLV after missing the first 20 games of the season (mid-year transfer/NCAA ruling).

Inside the Numbers
• This season, Fresno State has a +61 (+3.1/gm) steal margin (162-101).
• Under Terry, Fresno State has a +159 steal margin (405-246) by averaging 7.6 steals per game and a +3.0 steal edge per contest over 53 games.
• This season, Fresno State owns a +66 points off TOs margin (314-248).
• Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 44 of 53 games.

'Dogs Renew Rivalry with UNLV
Fresno State (7-13, 1-6 Mountain West) hosts UNLV (17-5, 4-3 MW) on Wednesday night with an early midweek start time at 6 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, KMJ 580 AM, ESPN Deportes 1600 AM and www.gobulldogs.com (audio only - subscription required).

4-Game Flex Plan Available for MW Home Games
The Red Wave can purchase a 4-game Mini Plan to soak up the exciting play of one of the best conferences in the country with MW games against UNLV, No. 15/16 New Mexico, Boise State and Air Force at the Save Mart Center. Packages start at $14 per game.

About the UNLV Runnin' Rebels
UNLV enters the Save Mart Center for its second consecutive road game and comes off a close 77-72 loss to Boise State. The Runnin' Rebels sit in the middle of the pack in conference play with a 4-3 record, and are 1-3 away from Thomas & Mack Center. In his second season at the helm of the Rebels, head coach Dave Rice's squad ranks second in the Mountain West in scoring averaging 75.5 ppg in conference play. UNLV is led by freshman standout Anthony Bennett who leads the conference in scoring with 18.5 ppg and also leads the team on the glass with 8.5 rpg.

Against the UNLV Runnin' Rebels
UNLV leads the all-time series with Fresno State 27-6 and the Rebels own a 9-4 record versus the Bulldogs in games played in Fresno. UNLV also won the only previous contest between the schools at the Save Mart Center when the Rebels edged the 'Dogs 82-76 in a non-conference game. Fresno State's last win over UNLV came back on Jan. 20, 1997 in a 93-82 victory at Selland Arena. The Rebels have won 20 of the last 21 meetings.

Free Throws Play Key Factor in 'Dogs 4-game Slide
In four straight MW losses to Nevada, Boise State, Colorado State and Air Force, Fresno State's opponents converted 86.2 percent (100-of-116) of their free throw attempts compared to just a 65.8 percent clip by the 'Dogs. 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. Boise State set a MW single-game record with 26-of-26 effort, CSU made 29 of its 34 charity stripe shots, and Air Force went 15-of-19 at the line while the 'Dogs made just 40 percent of their tries (6-of-15).

Former Bulldog Earns First NBA All-Star Honor
Former Fresno State star Paul George, who played for the Bulldogs from 2008-10, grasped his first All-Star roster spot when the Eastern Conference coaches selected him as a reserve for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. George is the first former 'Dog to become an All-Star. #PaulStar

Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 41.9 percent shooting (414-of-988) from the field and 30.1 percent 3-point shooting (85-of-282). Fresno State has forced an average of 14.5 turnovers per game (290 total) and own a +66 points off turnover margin (314-248), as well as a +61 steal margin (162-101).

Bulldogs Play with Aggressive Defensive Tenacity
Fresno State has held opponents to an average of 61.0 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Mountain West as well as in the top 50 nationally. The 'Dogs have limited 16 of its 20 opponents under 70 points and kept opponents under 60 points nine times, and 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 44 of the 52 games, including 39 of those 53 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.

'Dogs Third in MW in Guarding the 3-point Arc
Fresno State is third in the Mountain West and ranks in the Top 30 nationally in 3-point field goal defense by limiting opponents to a 30.1 percent clip from the beyond the 3-point arc this season.

Olekaibe Moving Up The Bulldogs' Record Books
Junior Kevin Olekaibe currently ranks 25th on Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 1,083 career points in 82 games. He also ranks sixth in 3-point field goal attempts (542) and seventh in 3-point field goals made (178). Olekaibe owns the seventh-best career free throw clip (193-242, 79.8%).

Mountain West Teams Dominate Non-Conference Games With just one non-conference games left on the regular-season slate (Wyoming at CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 6), the Mountain West will post the best composite out-of-conference record in the league's 14-year history, as the current .793 (100-26) win percentage currently ranks ahead of the .756 (102-33) clip MW teams compiled last season. The Mountain West has finished with a .700 or better win percentage in non-conference play each of the last three seasons and four times overall.

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/or USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (No. 15/16 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.

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