Breakdown: Fresno State at Cal-Poly

Breakdown: Fresno State at Cal-Poly

Fresno State is looking to win its third straight game as the Bulldogs hit the road to face Cal Poly. Check inside for the breakdown…

Fresno State 3-1 at Cal-Poly 1-1

PG: Allen Huddleston (6-2, 185, Jr.) vs. Jamal Johnson (6-3, 195, Sr.)

Allen Huddleston has stepped up as Fresno State's leading scorer in the Bulldogs' first three games. Huddleston has averaged 13 points and has made big shots late in games. Cal Poly's Jamal Johnson has struggled to find his stroke, making just 1 of 11 shot attempts in two games, but has 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Advantage: Fresno State

SG: Kevin Olekaibe (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Dylan Royer (6-1, 290, Sr.)

Cal Poly's three-point marksman Dylan Royer comes off his junior season in which he shot a 46.5% clip from beyond the arc that ranked him fifth in the nation. Fresno State guard Kevin Olekaibe taken a backseat in the offense with a lingering right elbow injury, but still managed to score 11 points in the Bulldogs' win over Pacific.

Advantage: Cal Poly

SF: Tyler Johnson (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Chris O'Brien (6-4, 210, Sr.)

Chris O'Brien has gotten off to a fast start after missing last season due to injury, averaging 8.5 points. Tyler Johnson has seen a slight decrease in minutes with the emergence of freshman Marvell Harris, but Johnson is a threat to score and can contribute on the boards as well.

Advantage: Fresno State

PF: Kevin Foster (6-8 230, Sr.) vs. Chris Eversley (6-7, 225, Jr.)

Both Kevin Foster and Chris Eversley come off double-double performances in their previous games. Foster has made his presence in the frontcourt felt this season, leading the team with 9 rebounds per game to go along with 7.7 points.

Advantage: Fresno State

C: Jerry Brown (6-7, 210, Jr.) vs. Brian Bennett (6-9, 240, Fr.)

Freshman Brian Bennett has made an impact for the Mustangs in his first two games, averaging 9 points and 9 rebounds, including 4 offensive rebounds per game. Bennett has proven to be an efficient finisher, shooting 56% through two games.

Advantage: Cal Poly

Benches:

Fresno State's Marvelle Harris will likely have the biggest impact off the bench. The true freshman has averaged 8.7 points per game on 56% shooting. The Bulldogs also hope that 7-foot, 250 pound freshman center Robert Upshaw can play some quality minutes as he makes his debut, coming off injury. Cal Poly will use a nine-man rotation with Drake U'u being their sixth man, averaging four points in the Mustang's first two games.

Advantage: Fresno State

Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. Joe Callero

Fourth year Cal Poly Head Coach Joe Callero enters the game with a 47-39 record with the Mustangs. Callero also spent eight seasons previously as the head coach of Seattle University. Callero's Mustangs got the best of Fresno State Head Coach Rodney Terry last season; beating the Bulldogs 65-46.

Advantage: Cal Poly

Intangibles:

Fresno State comes off back-to-back wins and hopes to build on their momentum with the addition of freshman center Robert Upshaw into the rotation. Cal Poly replaces three seniors off last year's team that left the Save Mart Center with a 19-point win last season.

Advantage: Fresno State

Final Analysis/Prediction:

Both Fresno State and Cal Poly rank near the bottom of division-1 basketball offensively after starting the season with low scoring games. The trend will likely continue Monday in a defensive battle. Fresno State pulls out a close win on the road for their third straight win.

PREDICTION: Fresno State 61, Cal Poly 58



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