Fresno State Visits Washington State on Sunday
Dec. 7, 2012
Game 9 Fresno State (5-3) vs. Washington State (5-4)
Dec. 9, 2012 Noon PT Pullman, Wash. - Friel Court (11,671)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (JB Long & Lamar Hurd)
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler)
Series record: Washington State leads 8-3 (overall) & 4-1 (FS away games)
Last Meeting: WSU 66, FS 55 - Nov. 26, 2010 (Fresno, Calif. - Save Mart Center)
TV VIEWING INFO: The Pac-12 Network is available in Fresno on Comcast Ch. 434 and Dish TV Ch. 413. No other provider in Fresno carries the Pac-12 Network
This is the 12th all-time meeting between Fresno State and Washington State, and the fifth time the schools have squared off in Pullman.
This season, MW teams are a nation-best 58-14 in non-conference games, with five of the losses to opponents ranked in the Top 25.
Allen Huddleston has scored 10+ points in six of the past seven games.
Inside the Numbers
This season, Fresno State owns a +30 steal margin (64-34).
Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has a +127 steal margin by averaging 7.3 steals per game and a +3.0 steal edge per contest over 41 games.
Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 37 of 41 games.
Fresno State is 3-0 this season when recording 10 or more assists.
Fresno State Visits Washington State on Sunday
Fresno State (5-3) heads to the Palouse to take on Washington State (5-4) on Sunday at noon. The contest will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network (television) and KMJ 580 AM (radio/www.gobulldogs.com).
'Dogs Soar Past Hawks, 84-49
Fresno State dominated San Diego Christian in a wire-to-wire 84-49 victory on Thursday night while forcing 18 steals (one shy of tying the school record) for its largest margin of victory since 2006. The 'Dogs also forced 27 turnovers, which they turned into a 38-8 edge in points off turnovers.
About the Washington State Cougars
The Cougars are 5-4 on the season and coming off a near upset win over No. 10 Gonzaga who hit a tough shot with time winding down to clinch a 71-69 victory. Washington State head coach Ken Bone is in his fourth season and has notched a 57-46 record in Pullman (2011: 19-18). Leading the Cougars are Brisbane, Australia native, Brock Motum, and Washington native DaVonte Lacy. The senior forward Motum leads the team in scoring (19.3ppg), rebounds (6.7 rpg), and blocks (1.3 bpg), while sophomore guard Lacy is also averaging double digits in scoring (11.2 ppg).
Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 40.6 percent shooting (155-of-382) from the field and 27.4 percent 3-point shooting (31-of-113). Fresno State has forced an average of 15.3 turnovers per game (123 total). In their season opener at then-No. 24 Texas, the Bulldogs turned 13 Texas turnovers into 16 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 37 of 41 games, including 32 of those 41 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.
Olekaibe Continues to Climb Record Books
Junior Kevin Olekaibe currently ranks 30th on Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 990 career points in 70 games. He also ranks seventh in 3-point field goal attempts (481) and ninth in 3-point field goals made (158). Olekaibe owns the seventh-best career free throw clip (79.0%).
MW Debut Mini-Plan on Sale
With Fresno State in its debut season in the Mountain West, the MW Mini-Plan starts as low as $85, which includes the Bulldogs' first six conference home games and is the only way to guarantee seats for these big games.
Mountain West Teams Strong out of the Gate
Through games as of Dec. 6, Mountain West teams boasted the nation's best collective win percentage. MW squads are 58-14 against non-conference opponents for a .821 win percentage. Five of the MW's 12 losses are to ranked opponents (Texas, Syracuse, Michigan State, Colorado and Wichita State). The MW was one of three conferences (Big East, Pac-12) with all teams having .500 records or better entering this week's action.
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 the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (No. 17/15 San Diego State, No. 18/20 New Mexico and No. 21/18 UNLV) as well Wyoming, Colorado State and Boise State receiving votes in both national polls. The MW ranked as the best in the West and fifth-best in the nation for the 2011-12 season, according to the NCAA Ratings Performance Index.
Against the Washington State Cougars
Washington State leads the all-time series, 8-3, and own a 4-1 mark over Fresno State in Pullman. The Bulldogs last beat the Cougars back on Dec. 22, 2003 when Fresno State downed WSU 46-29 in the 'Dogs first season playing home games at the Save Mart Center. Fresno State last visited Pullman on Dec. 23, 2002, when the Cougars edged the Bulldogs, 69-66.
Bulldogs to Play Three of Next Four Versus Pac-12
Fresno State will play three of its next four games against Pac-12 opponents (Dec. 9 at Washington State, Dec. 12 vs. Colorado, and Dec. 22 at UCLA). Last season, the Bulldogs played five games against Pac-12 teams and went 2-3 in those games with a 82-52 home win over Utah and a thrilling 68-65 comeback victory at Arizona State.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- Fresno State's Mountain West Mini-Plan starts as low as $85 and includes the Bulldogs' first six MW games. The mini-plan is on sale now by calling 559-278-DOGS (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Monday through Friday) or visiting www.gobulldogs.com/miniplan. The flagship radio stations for Fresno State men's basketball are KMJ 580 AM (English) and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Spanish).