#BulldogMBB Hosts No. 19/18 New Mexico Wednesday
Feb. 11, 2013
Game 23 No. 19/18 New Mexico (20-4, 7-2 MW) at Fresno State (8-14, 2-7 MW)
Feb. 13, 2013 7 p.m. PT Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center)
TV: None Live Video: GoBulldogs.com/allaccess (subscription required)
Radio: KMJ 580 AM & GoBulldogs.com/allaccess (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloo - English) & ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Spanish)
Series record: New Mexico leads 8-7 (overall) and Fresno State leads 6-1 (games played in Fresno)
Last Meeting: Then-No. 25 UNM 72, FS 45 - Jan. 12, 2013 (Albuquerque, N.M. - The Pit)
This is the 17th meeting between Fresno State and New Mexico.
This is the Bulldogs' fifth game this season against a ranked opponent.
Fresno State leads the MW in steals/game (7.9 spg) and ranks second in 3-point field goal defense (30.4%) and total steals (173).
Inside the Numbers
This season, Fresno State has a +61 (+2.7/gm) steal margin (173-112).
Under Terry, Fresno State has a +159 steal margin (416-257) by averaging 7.7 steals per game and a +3.1 steal edge per contest over 55 games.
This season, Fresno State owns a +67 points off TOs margin (337-270).
Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 46 of 55 games.
Fresno State to Host No. 19/18 New Mexico
Fresno State (8-14, 2-7 Mountain West) hosts Mountain West-leader and No. 19/18 New Mexico (20-4, 7-2 MW) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. PT. The game, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo, will also be featured on KMJ 580 AM and www.gobulldogs.com (subscription required).
FFA, Watney to be Honored During Ag Night
One dollar of every ticket sold for Wednesday's game versus New Mexico will be donated to the Future Farmers of America - San Joaquin Valley Region and head men's golf coach will be honored during halftime. Both the men's and women's golf teams will also be introduced to the crowd. Prior to the game, fans who purchase tickets in advance will receive 15 percent off their bill at Black Angus (Shaw/Cedar) prior to the game. Also, there will be a pre-game Fresno State student pizza party starting at 6 p.m. on the northwest upper concourse.
About The New Mexico Lobos
New Mexico enters the Save Mart Center for its second consecutive road game as the Lobos are coming off a 64-55 loss at the Thomas and Mack Center to the UNLV squad that Fresno State defeated in its last home outing. Steve Alford's crew is at the top of the Mountain West standings with 7-2 conference record with both losses coming on the road. The Lobo offense is well rounded with three players averaging in double figures. Kendall Williams leads the way with 13.3 ppg while Alex Kirk is tough inside with 11.4 ppg and 7.7 rpg.
Against The New Mexico Lobos
This will be the 17th meeting between Fresno State and New Mexico and the first in Fresno since 1999. The Lobos have the edge in the series with a 9-7 advantage, but Bulldogs own a 6-1 record against UNM in games played in Fresno. In the teams' first meeting this year, New Mexico used a 16-2 first-half closing run to spark a 72-45 victory over the 'Dogs at the Pit on Jan. 12. In the most recent meeting in Fresno, the Bulldogs secured a two-possession victory, 86-80, at Selland Arena on Jan. 4, 1999. The last four contests in Fresno have been decided by an average of 3.5 points.
Bulldogs Stun UNLV 64-55 for Big MW Win
Playing against his hometown school, Kevin Olekaibe scored 21 points to lead the Fresno State men's basketball team to a 64-55 win over UNLV on Feb. 6 at the Save Mart Center. The 55 points were the Rebels' lowest offensive output of the season. A week after hitting six of eight three-pointers against Air Force, Olekaibe made four of seven on his way to a season-high in points. Tyler Johnson, Kevin Foster and Allen Huddleston also joined Olekiabe in double-figures. Fresno State wrapped up the week with a 75-53 loss at then-No. 25 San Diego State.
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 (461-of-1100) from the field and 30.4 percent 3-point shooting (97-of-319). Fresno State has forced an average of 14.4 turnovers per game (317 total) and own a +67 points off turnover margin (337-270), as well as a +61 steal margin (173-112).
Bulldogs Play with Aggressive Defensive Tenacity
Fresno State has held opponents to an average of 61.4 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Mountain West as well as in the top 50 nationally. The 'Dogs have limited 17 of its 22 opponents under 70 points and kept opponents under 60 points ten 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 46 of the 55 games, including 41 of those 55 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.
'Dogs Second MW in Guarding the 3-Point Arc
Fresno State is second in the Mountain West and ranks in the Top 30 nationally in 3-point field goal defense by limiting opponents to a 30.4 percent clip from the beyond the 3-point arc this season.