Breakdown: Fresno State vs. Pacific

Kevin Foster

Fresno State sits 1-1 after defeating UC Riverside 39-30 on Wednesday night. Pacific is 1-0 after beating Holy Names in its season opener. Check inside as BB.C breaks down the 155th meeting in the rivalry…

FRESNO STATE 1-1 vs. PACIFIC 1-0

PG: Allen Huddleston (6-2, 185, Jr.) vs. Lorenzo McCloud (6-0, 170, Sr.)

Allen Huddleston faces his former school after sitting out a season due to transfer rules. Huddleston averaged 11.1 points per game for the Tigers as a sophomore in the 2010-11 season. Lorenzo McCloud helped fill the scoring void left behind, scoring 11.2 points per game.

Advantage: Fresno State

SG: Kevin Olekaibe (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Sama Taku (6-1, 185, Jr.)

Sama Taku enters his first season at Pacific after putting up impressive numbers at the high school and junior college levels. Taku faces his first major challenge matching up against Kevin Olekaibe. While Olekaibe has struggled as he recovers from injury, he is still a threat to light up the scoreboard.

Advantage: Fresno State

SF: Tyler Johnson (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Colin Beatty (6-4, 205, Sr.)

Tyler Johnson and Colin Beatty each notched their only double-double of the season in last year's match-up. It was one of three double digit scoring games for Beatty compared to Tyler Johnson who averaged just under 10 points.

Advantage: Fresno State

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

Both Ross Rivera and Kevin Foster went from bench players to go-to guys throughout the course of the 2011-2012 season. Ross Rivera has the more versatile offensive game, while Foster has the advantage crashing the boards. Rivera's ability to get to the free-throw line could cause foul trouble for the Bulldogs frontcourt that is missing Robert Upshaw and Braeden Anderson.

Advantage: Pacific

C: Jerry Brown (6-7, 210, Jr.) vs. Khalil Kelley (6-8, 225, Jo.)

Jerry Brown established that he can compete at the center position despite being listed at 6-foot-7. Brown topped the 10 point mark 10 times in a stretch of 13 games which included two double-doubles last season. Kelly showed the ability to have big games but was not nearly as consistent. His 37% free-throw clip last season also makes him a liability.

Advantage: Fresno State

Benches:

Pacific returns four players on the bench that averaged double digit minutes and contributed for an average of 18.6 points per game. Fresno State has turned to freshmen Marvelle Harris and Tanner Giddings to provide a spark off the bench.

Advantage: Pacific

Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. Bob Thomason

Bob Thomason enters his 25th and final season with Pacific. Thomason enters his final season with 414 wins and seven post-season appearances in his head coaching career at UOP. Fresno State Head Coach Rodney Terry enters his second season as a head coach, and has assembled a recruiting class that looks to improve from the 13 wins in Terry's first season.

Advantage: Pacific

Intangibles:

Pacific plays their first road game of the season while Fresno State opens their first home game of the regular season. The Bulldogs look to build off their first win, but showing more of how they took 24th ranked Texas down to the wire.

Advantage: Fresno State

Final Analysis/Prediction:

Pacific faces their first challenge of the season against Fresno State. While the Bulldogs have two games under their belt, they are still looking to find rhythm on offense after scoring just 53 and 39 points. Expect a low scoring game with an outcome similar to Fresno State's 55-47 win over Pacific last season.

PREDICTION: Fresno State 60, Pacific 53



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