Fresno State vs. San Diego: Keys To A Bulldogs Victory
Bulldogs looking to stay hot.
Fresno State going up against an in-state foe
WHO: San Diego Toreros (4-4 0-0 WCC) vs Fresno State (5-1 0-0 MWC)
Where: Save Mart Center – Fresno, CA
TV: Mountain West Network
Series Record: Fresno State leads. 9-2
Last Matchup: November 12th, 2019- San Diego won 72-66 in Overtime
The Dogs are coming off their first loss of the season to the California Golden Bears, 65-57. Fresno State will now shift its focus to the San Diego Toreros of the West Coast Conference. The Toreros have lost their last three out of four games but have beaten a Mountain West opponent in Nevada. San Diego is led by Senior Guard, Jase Townsend, who is averaging 13.0ppg and shooting 42% from the field, and Senior Forward, Terrell Brown, with 8.0ppg and 8.4rpg.
Keys to The Game: San Diego
If The Toreros want to get above .500, they have to make Fresno State beat them without Orlando Robinson. The Golden Bears did a great job making Fresno State shoot forced threes and cause silly turnovers. The Dogs haven’t shot the ball well this season, and this could be huge if San Diego can find a way to limit Robinson. Offensively, the Toreros have to find a way to score off turnovers. The Dogs are a great defensive team allowing only 59.3ppg, but against Cal, they were outscored 15-4 on points off of turnovers. San Diego also shoots the three about 41% pergame and average 6.6 made threes a game. If San Diego wants to leave Fresno with a win, they have to win the three point battle as well as the transition battle.
Keys to the Game: Fresno State
The Dogs are coming off a close loss to the Cal Golden Bears. Fresno State now looks to bounce back and that will start with the offense. The Dogs are coming off a season low ten free throw attempts and shot 31.8% from three. Only two players were in double figures. The Bulldogs have to find a consistent second scorer if they are going to make any noise this year. It could be Jemarl Baker, but until Baker returns, Hill, Campbell, or Stroud are going to have to be aggressively scoring the ball. The Bulldogs have been great on defense allowing only 59.3ppg and forcing nearly 15 turnovers a game.
If Fresno State is going to stay undefeated at home, they have to play to their strengths, which is making plays defensively. If the Dogs are going to come out with a win, they have to avoid a slow start and force some early turnovers from San Diego. Getting Orlando Robinson going early and finding an offensive rhythm early will be a huge key to Fresno State picking up its sixth victory in this season.