By: Jonathon Rezonable and Kyle Lazarus
The Fresno State menâ€™s basketball team is 13-16 overall and 5-9 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). They have two games remaining for the season before the WAC Tournament. The â€˜Dogs play at Utah State and against Nevada at home.
Kyle: The â€˜Dogs donâ€™t look good going into the WAC tournament.
They are 5-9 in conference play, which doesnâ€™t bode well for their chances. They have come close against Boise State and New Mexico State at home, but close doesnâ€™t cut it.
Jon: The â€˜Dogs donâ€™t have the greatest record this season, but can you question the character of this team?
Before this weekâ€™s game, Hawaii was a contender for the best record in the conference and we beat them.
Letâ€™s not forget, Boise State and New Mexico State had to pull games in the last second. This team gets better with every game.
Kyle: They play well at home, but Las Cruces, NM is a long way from home.
If Eddie Miller or Kevin Bell donâ€™t have some of their best games of the season in the WAC tournament, the â€˜Dogs are toast.
Those two have to combine for nearly two-thirds of Bulldog production every game just to have a chance to eek out a victory.
Jon: In high pressure situations Bell and Miller have been stellar.
Miller has gotten better on the road. Early in the season Miller had troubles scoring on the road, but heâ€™s gotten better.
Miller scored 16 in the last road game against Boise State. Sure we lost, but itâ€™s progress. If you donâ€™t think Bell is coming to play at Las Cruces, Iâ€™m pretty sure you havenâ€™t been watching the Bulldogs play this season.
Do you believe in saving anything for the postseason?
Kyle: I know that Bellâ€™s a trooper, based on his performances in past games.
Against New Mexico State last night he played the last couple of minutes with an injured ankle. The â€˜Dogs cannot hope to play their best game of the season every game.
The menâ€™s basketball team better show up. Two players canâ€™t beat five.
Jon: Bell is hurt after every game! The guy just keeps it coming.
We get significantly better each time we play a team. Iâ€™m not saying that Fresno State is going to be your 2008 WAC champs, but I am saying they are going to do better than most people think.
Beside, we have six active seniors with nothing to lose on the court. Thatâ€™s dangerous.
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