The Fresno State Bulldogs had an unexpected postseason run in their 2013-14 campaign, and now they'll attempt to take the next step and contend for a Mountain West title. To do so, though, they'll hope to find some early success on the road in non-conference action and use that as a springboard for a tricky start to Mountain West play.
|11/9/14||vs. UC Santa Cruz (exhibition)||4:00 PM|
|11/14/14||vs. Bristol University||7:00 PM|
|11/20/14||at Northern Arizona||7:00 PM|
|11/24/14-11/26/14||Gulf Coast Showcase (in Ft. Myers, FL)||TBA|
|12/3/14||vs. UC Irvine||7:00 PM|
|12/6/14||at CSU Bakersfield||TBA|
|12/10/14||at Texas Tech||5:00 PM|
|12/13/14||vs. Cal Poly||TBA|
|12/28/14||vs. St. Katherine College||TBA|
|12/31/14||at New Mexico||TBA|
|1/3/15||vs. San Diego State||TBA|
|1/7/15||vs. Utah State||7:00 PM|
|1/14/15||at San Jose State||TBA|
|1/27/15||at San Diego State||7:00 PM|
|1/31/15||at Colorado State||TBA|
|2/4/15||vs. San Jose State||7:00 PM|
|2/10/15||at UNLV||7:00 PM|
|2/14/15||vs. Boise State||TBA|
|2/18/15||vs. Colorado State||7:00 PM|
|2/21/15||at Utah State||TBA|
|2/25/15||at Wyoming||6:00 PM|
|2/28/15||vs. New Mexico||TBA|
|3/4/15||vs. Air Force||TBA|
|3/7/15||at Boise State||TBA|
|3/11/15-3/14/15||Mountain West Tournament (in Las Vegas)||TBA|
The matchups for the Gulf Coast Showcase have not been announced, but the slate of potential opponents include the Green Bay Phoenix (regular season Horizon League champions), San Francisco Dons (an NIT participant last year) and Florida-Gulf Coast Eagles (the de facto host). Following that with a stretch that will feature the retooling Golden Bears, a revenge-minded Anteaters squad, a trip to Lubbock and a visit from an NCAA tourney entrant -- yes, Cal Poly was in last year's tournament, you didn't imagine that -- will be a good barometer of where the team stands when the new year rolls around.
That first week of 2015, though. Dates against the two teams likely to vie for the MWC crown right off the bat make you wonder if someone did something to upset the schedule makers. Furthermore, the conference's scheduling also means that the Bulldogs travel to Vegas to play the Rebels but do not get the return trip; the 'Dogs instead get to avoid a road contest in Colorado Springs against the Falcons.
All in all, the schedule looks manageable, but the 'Dogs will have to be in top form once they get home from their early-season tournament and hit the ground running against the beasts of the conference.