Cal Poly (0-2) at Fresno State (2-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 20, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Save Mart Center (15,596) -- Fresno, California. Television: None. Home Record: Cal Poly 0-1, FSU 1-0. Away Record: Cal Poly 0-1, FSU 1-1. Neutral Record: Cal Poly 0-0, FSU 0-0. Conference Record: Cal Poly 0-0, FSU 0-0. Series Record: Fresno State leads, 45-18.
GAME NOTES: The Cal Poly Mustangs again shoot for their first win of the season, as they pay a visit to the Fresno State Bulldogs for a non-conference battle at the Save Mart Center.
The Mustangs have opened 2013-14 with some tough opposition, but they've managed to remain competitive even during a 73-62 loss at Arizona on Nov. 8 and a 60-58 setback at home to Nevada nine days ago.
As for the Bulldogs, they are coming off their second win in three tries on Saturday when they took down Cal State Northridge in the home opener, 80-64. The victory came on the heels of an ugly 75-54 loss at Pittsburgh last week.
Fresno State leads the all-time series with the Mustangs by a 45-18 margin, thanks in part to a 76-67 win in last year's meeting at Cal Poly.
Cal Poly led by nine points at the break against the Wolf Pack the last time out, but the Mustangs then turned the ball over 13 times and shot only 3-of-5 at the free-throw line in the second half as Nevada slipped by for the two- point victory. Chris Eversley scored a team-best 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds in 34 minutes of action, followed by Kyle Odister with 11 points as the squad shot only 5-of-21 from beyond the arc overall.
Eversley heads the scoring list after two games with 18.0 ppg, not to mention coming up with 7.0 rpg to pace the team in that department as well. Odister checks in with 16.0 ppg, with the duo combining to shoot 14-of-34 beyond the arc, which means the remaining members of the roster have hit on only 2-of-13 on the perimeter. As a group, the Mustangs are generating a mere 60.0 ppg, compared to 66.5 ppg for the competition.
Outside of four instances when the score was tied, the Bulldogs never looked back against Northridge as they led by as many as 22 points late in the second half before settling on a 16-point victory. All five starters scored in double figures for FSU, beginning with Tyler Johnson who not only tallied 18 points, but also cleared 12 rebounds. Paul Watson pitched in with 13 points, Marvelle Harris 12 and nine boards, followed by Karachi Edo and Cezar Guerrero with 10 points apiece, the latter also handing out nine assists while turning the ball over just once.
After three games, the Bulldogs are posting 77.3 ppg, shooting a solid 48.5 percent from the floor as Watson generates 16.3 ppg himself. Johnson, who is delivering 12.0 ppg, has already logged a pair of double-doubles for the program.
The Mustangs appear to have two solid offensive threats, but beyond the pair the team doesn't pack much of a punch. With that being said, Fresno State should have no trouble coming up with the home win tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Fresno State 77, Cal Poly 63
11/20 10:34:07 ET