Opportunity awaits in San Francisco


Fresno State (7-1) will visit undefeated San Francisco (9-0) on Wednesday night at War Memorial.

Game 9: Fresno State (7-1) at San Francisco (9-0)

Dec. 8, 2021 • 7 p.m. PT • San Francisco, Calif. • War Memorial at the Sobrato Center

RADIO: Bulldog Sports Network (BSN) Fox Sports Radio 1340 AM (Fresno-Visalia) Fox Sports Radio 970 AM (Bakersfield) also available on the iHeartRadio App (Paul Loeffler & Marc Q. Jones)

SERIES HISTORY: Fresno State trails 14-8 (overall) and 2-7 (in San Francisco) 

LAST MEETING: San Francisco 71, Fresno State 69 [12/23/19 • Fresno, CA]

NEXT UP: vs. UC Irvine (12/11); vs. Cal Poly (12/17); at Utah (12/21)

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 13 games on its schedule against teams currently in KenPom's Top 100 national rankings (1-0 record in those games this season).

Fresno State (7-1) and San Francisco (9-0) meet on Wednesday night at War Memorial at the Sobrato Center.

OPENING TIP

The Fresno State men's basketball team visits the San Francisco Dons on Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT at War Memorial at the Sobrato Center on the WCC Network (online) and the Bulldog Sports Network (radio).

Fresno State trails the all-time series 14-8 (overall), including a 2-7 record in road games played at USF.

Fresno State has won six of the last eight meetings overall between the Bulldogs and Dons.

This is the return game of a home-and-home series, and was originally scheduled for 2020, but was postponed to 2021. The Dons edged the 'Dogs 71-69 in the last meeting back in Fresno on Dec. 23, 2019.

With 875 career points, Orlando Robinson (20.0 ppg/8.8 rpg) ranks 50th on the Bulldogs' all-time scoring list [49. Dwight O'Neil: 876; 48. Chris Jefferies: 877, 47. Ken Barnes: 896; 46. Vern Chrissman: 897].

Fresno State leads the MW and ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense (55.25 ppg allowed).

The top four MW teams (CSU, WYO, AFA and FS) will enter Wednesday's play a combined 31-2 this season.

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 15 points in nine straight career games.

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson has scored in double figures in a career-best 17 consecutive games.

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson is one of three Division I players in the nation averaging at least 20 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game (through games played on Dec. 5).

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson is one of nine Division I players in the nation averaging at least 20 points and 8.5 rebounds per game (through games played on Dec. 5).

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson is one of nine Division I players in the nation averaging at least 8.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game (through games played on Dec. 5).

Fresno State's Orlando Robinson leads the Bulldogs with 27 assists this season. Robinson has made at least one assist in 35 of his last 36 games (13 consecutive contests).

TRENDING

Fresno State is 7-1 to start the season for the first time since 2006 when the Bulldogs opened 7-1 (and 9-1.)

Fresno State is 11-0 when Anthony Holland has scored at least nine points in that game.

Fresno State is 8-1 when Jordan Campbell has scored at least 10 points in that game (eight straight wins).

Fresno State has held three opponents this season to 20 points or less in the first half (FPU, USD, CSUN).

Fresno State checked in at No. 93 in the NCAA's first NET rankings release of the 2021-22 season.

In its final five nonconference games, Fresno State will face four more NET Top 100 teams (1-0 record).

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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