Bulldogs back home to open December


Fresno State (5-1) will host San Diego (4-4) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. PT at the Save Mart Center.

Game 7: San Diego (4-4) at Fresno State (5-1)

Dec. 1, 2021 • 7 p.m. PT • Fresno, Calif. • Save Mart Center

TV/ONLINE: Mountain West Network (Paul Loeffler & Marc Q. Jones)

RADIO: Bulldog Sports Network (BSN) Fox Sports Radio 1340 (Fresno-Visalia) and Fox Sports Radio 970 AM (Bakersfield) (Paul Loeffler & Marc Q. Jones)

SERIES HISTORY: Fresno State leads 9-2 (overall) and 6-0 (in Fresno) 

LAST MEETING: San Diego 72, Fresno State 66 (OT) [11/12/19 • San Diego]

NEXT UP: vs. CSUN (12/4); at San Francisco (12/8); vs. UC Irvine (12/11)

THE BREAKDOWN

Fresno State Athletics is celebrating its centennial year and the 2021-22 men's basketball season is the 100th season of competition in program history.

Fresno State head coach Justin Hutson is now in his fourth season back home in the San Joaquin Valley.

Fresno State has 12 games on its schedule against teams currently in KenPom's Top 90 national rankings (as of through games played on Nov. 29).

Fresno State (5-1) and San Diego (4-4) meet on Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center.

OPENING TIP

The Fresno State men's basketball team hosts the San Diego Toreros on Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT at the Save Mart Center on the Mountain West Network (online) and the Bulldog Sports Network (radio).

Fresno State leads the all-time series 9-2 (overall), which includes a 6-0 record in home games played in Fresno (2-0 at the Save Mart Center). The Bulldogs have won three of the last four meetings with USD.

This game is the back-end of a home-and-home series, and was originally scheduled for 2020, but was postponed to 2021. The Toreros edged the 'Dogs 72-66 in overtime in the front end back on Nov. 12, 2019.

Fresno State forward Orlando Robinson (20.3 ppg/9.3 rpg) is one of four Bulldogs averaging at least seven points per game [Isaiah Hill (11.0 ppg), Jordon Campbell (9.3 ppg) and Anthony Holland  (7.0 ppg].

ROBINSON PRODUCING ON AND OFF THE HARDWOOD

Fresno State junior forward Orlando Robinson has never been shy about his ambitions and goals. And before the start of the 2021-22 season, Robinson shared that one of those is to earn Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors. While his offensive games continues to shine, Robinson has also elevated his defensive production. Robinson, a Las Vegas native, is a 2021-22 preseason All-MW selection and earned 2020-21 second-team All-MW and NABC All-District honors, along with 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-District and MW Scholar Athlete honors.

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson has scored at least 16 points in seven straight career games.

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson has scored in double figures in a career-best 15 consecutive games.

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson is the only Division I player in the nation averaging at least 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks per game (through games played on Nov. 29).

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson is one of five Division I players in the nation averaging at least 20 points and nine rebounds per game (through games played on Nov. 29).

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson Orlando Robinson is one of six Division I players in the nation averaging at least nine rebounds and two blocks per game (through games played on Nov. 29).

FRESNO STATE WINS 2021 VENUE TWIN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHALLENGE SURF DIVISION

Fresno State won the 2021 Venue Twin Southern California Surf Division Championship.

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson was named the Surf Division Most Valuable Player and all-tournament team while leading the 'Dogs to a 3-0 record (all three wins were by exactly seven points). 

Robinson averaged 21.7 points (22-for-41 FG, 53.7 percent), 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game to lead the Bulldogs to a home win over Idaho and neutral site victories over Pepperdine and Santa Clara.

In the SoCal Challenge championship game, Fresno State held Santa Clara, who entered the game averaging 88 points per contest on 55 percent shooting, to a season-low 52 points on a 36 percent clip from the field.

Fresno State's Isaiah Hill tied a career-high with 19 points (11-for-16 FT) in the 70-63 win over Pepperdine.

Robinson scored a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds in the Bulldogs' 69-62 win over Idaho.

In the three wins, Hill posted 11.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

TRENDING

Fresno State is 5-1 to start the season for the first time since the 2015-16 season when the Bulldogs opened 6-1, later won the 2016 MW Tournament and played in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson has scored at least 16 points in seven straight career games.

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson has scored in double figures in a career-best 15 consecutive games.

Fresno State is 10-0 when Anthony Holland has scored at least nine points in that game.

Fresno State owns a +8.0 rebounding margin through its first six games of the 2021-22 season.

FRESNO STATE CONTENDING IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST

Since joining the Mountain West in 2012, Fresno State has won the 2016 conference tournament championship and finished as high as second in the regular season. The Bulldogs have finished no lower than seventh in league play in its first nine seasons in the Mountain West, which includes four top four finishes in the past six seasons. In those last six MW campaigns, the 'Dogs won an average of 10.8 MW contests per year -- twice going 13-5 against MW opponents, including Hutson's first season at Fresno State during the 2018-19 season. Fresno State averaged nearly 10 conference victories per season in Hutson's first three seasons as the Bulldogs' head coach.


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