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Fresno State Men's Basketball Unveils 2014-15 Schedule

The CBI runners-up don't have a Florida or Pittsburgh in this year's non-conference schedule, but they do have an unforgiving start to the Mountain West slate.

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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.

Date Opponent Time (PST)
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
11/30/14 vs. Cal 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
12/20/14 at Pacific 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
1/10/15 at Nevada TBA
1/14/15 at San Jose State TBA
1/17/15 vs. Wyoming TBA
1/24/15 vs. Nevada 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.