Cowboys Continue Road Swing Wednesday at Fresno State
Jan. 15, 2013
Laramie, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team will continue its Mountain West road trip on Wednesday with a trip to Fresno, Calif., to take on Fresno State at 8 p.m. MT. The Cowboys (14-1, 1-1 MW) rebounded from their first loss of the season with an 11-point victory at Nevada on Saturday afternoon, while the Bulldogs (6-9, 0-2 MW) suffered a 72-45 defeat at New Mexico in their latest action.
Fans can follow live stats, live audio and live video of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on the website. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
Rodney Terry is in his second season as the head coach of Fresno State, a first-year member of the MW. The Bulldogs are 6-9 overall on the season, including 0-2 in league action, with losses in six of their last seven contests. They opened MW play with a close 65-62 home loss to No. 16/15 San Diego State last Wednesday and followed with a 72-45 loss at No. 25 New Mexico on Saturday. Fresno State is ninth in the MW in scoring offense at 61.0 points per game. It is third in scoring defense allowing 60.4 points per contest, but eighth in scoring margin at plus 0.6. The Bulldogs rank second in the MW in three-point field goal defense, allowing 29 percent and are also second in steals, swiping 8.2 per game. Fresno State is third in the conference in turnover margin at plus 3.1, but its plus 0.7 assist-turnover ratio is ninth in the league. It is last in the league in field goal percentage at 39 and eighth in free throw percentage at 68. Last season the Bulldogs were 13-20 on the season and 3-11 in the WAC. They returned three starters and five letterwinners from that squad.
Each Team's Leaders
Junior guard Tyler Johnson paces the Bulldogs at 10.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game thanks to a team-high 45 percent from the field and 50 percent from three, but did not play last Saturday at New Mexico. Freshman guard Marvelle Harris was FSU's leading scorer against the Lobos with 11 points, as he made his first start of the season. Freshman guard Aaron Anderson made his fourth start, freshman center Robert Upshaw his fifth, redshirt junior forward Jerry Brown his 11th and junior guard Kevin Olekaibe rounded out FSU's starters against UNM. Only Olekaibe has started all 15 games for Fresno State this season, as a total of 10 different Bulldogs have made at least one start. Olekaibe averages 8.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game and ranks seventh in the MW in steals at 1.4, while Upshaw ranks second in blocks at 2.0.
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