Fresno State vs. Colorado State: Full Game Preview

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Fresno State vs. Colorado State: Full Game Preview
Fresno State
(11-18, 5-10 away)
Colorado State
(24-7, 17-1 home)
Venue: Thomas & Mack Center
5:30PM ET / 2:30PM PT, March 13, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Fresno State T Johnson 12.0 K Foster 6.4 T Johnson 2.0
Colorado State C Iverson 14.7 C Iverson 9.7 D Green 3.9

Fresno State takes on Colorado State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament at Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday. It gets started at 5:30 p.m. EST and you can catch it on CBSSN. The Bulldogs fell to the Rams 74-67 on Feb. 27 and are 1-3 against them over the last four years.

In their last outing, behind 25 points and 10 rebounds from Kevin Foster, the Bulldogs defeated UNLV 61-52 on Mar. 9. He is averaging 8.8 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 6.4 per game. For the Rams, Pierce Hornung finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds in the 77-66 win over Nevada on Mar. 9. He averages 9.0 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.3 steals per game.

Colorado State has a statistical edge over Fresno State in two key areas. The first is rebounding, where the Rams have the upper hand, 40.6 per game to 32.4 per game. Colorado State also has an advantage in scoring, 73.6 points per game to 59.9 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Colorado State is strong in the following categories: turnover percentage at 16.7, defensive rebounding percentage at 76.4 and offensive rebounding percentage at 41.7.

Colorado State StatSmack

  • Since 1998, Fresno State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Colorado State (two vs. zero).
  • The Fresno State blocks leader (Robert Upshaw, 39 blocks) has more blocks than the Colorado State blocks leader (Colton Iverson, 21 blocks).
  • Fresno State has a stronger schedule than Colorado State this season (SOS Rank: No. 6 vs. No. 38).
  • The Fresno State three-point leader (Kevin Olekaibe, 51 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Colorado State three-point leader (Wes Eikmeier, 50 three-pointers).
  • Kevin Olekaibe is ranked 9th in the Mountain West in three-pointers.
  • Over the past 10 years, Fresno State has had more players drafted by the NBA than Colorado State (two vs. one).
  • Allen Huddleston is ranked 7th in the Mountain West in steals.
  • Diaper Dandies love Fresno State. Fresno State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Colorado State (3 vs. 0).
  • The Fresno State steals leader (Allen Huddleston, 39 steals) has more steals than the Colorado State steals leader (Pierce Hornung, 38 steals).
  • Kevin Foster is ranked 9th in the Mountain West in rebounds.
  • Fresno State has a better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (55.7 percent to 53.6 percent).
FRES Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Tyler Johnson 29 12 4 2 1 0 1
C+ Kevin Foster 22 9 6 0 1 1 1
C+ A. Huddleston 26 10 2 2 1 0 2
C Kevin Olekaibe 25 9 2 1 1 0 1
C Marvelle Harris 24 7 3 2 1 0 1
C B. Anderson 17 4 3 0 0 0 1
C Jerry Brown Jr 25 5 4 1 1 1 1
C- Robert Upshaw 16 4 4 0 0 2 1
D Tanner Giddings 14 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Aaron Anderson 15 2 1 1 0 0 1
D Garrett Johnson 11 2 1 0 1 0 0
D Brad Ely 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
CSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Colton Iverson 30 15 10 1 1 1 2
B+ Pierce Hornung 31 9 9 2 1 1 1
B+ Dorian Green 0 13 3 4 1 0 2
B Wes Eikmeier 31 13 2 2 1 0 1
B Greg Smith 25 11 5 1 0 0 2
C+ Daniel Bejarano 22 6 5 1 1 0 1
C Jonathan Octeus 18 4 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Jordan Mason 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Josh Morgan 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Gerson Santo 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Joe De Ciman 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
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