[Editors note: This is written by joebrisson12 a new writer, there are a few glitches]
The Fresno State Bulldogs will travel to Northern Arizona on Thursday, Nov. 20, and will be looking to go to 2-1 on the year. This is all before the Bulldogs will travel to Estero, Florida, for the Gulf Coast Classic. Fresno State is coming in with a 1-1 record coming off of a fresh 93-55 thrashing of Bristol University.
hrough two games the Bulldogs rank 133rd overall in points with 74.0 and are 97th overall in field goal percentage. Unfortunately after losing his appeal with the NCAA, Cezar Guerrero, point guard for Fresno State, will have to sit out the rest of the fall semester after being ruled ineligible. Guerrero plans to return to the team on December 11th against Pacific. This couldn't of come at a worse time for the bulldogs after freshman guard Isaiah Bailey who is out with a hand injury indefinitely.
Northern Arizona is coming in with an 0-2 record after losses to Xavier and Toledo. The Lumberjacks will rely on the team's leading scorer Quentin Upsher, a senior from Norfolk, Virginia. The Bulldogs would benefit from this game greatly if they can come out of the "Grand Canyon State" and get a win heading into their tournament in Florida. Fresno State needs every win they can get heading into Mountain West Conference play.
They hope to excel after their College Basketball Invitational loss to Siena last season and work towards an NIT appearance, or even a bid in the NCAA tournament. The only problem that I see faze the Bulldogs in this game is maybe overlooking the Lumberjacks in preparation for their Gulf Coast Tournament. Northern Arizona just hopes to have a winning record come Big Sky Conference Tournament play. This is the sixth time these teams have played and Fresno State has won all six meetings.