Marek Warszawski

Warszawski: Enough Leo, time for Fresno State men’s basketball to take home some hardware

Marvelle Harris’ season has certainly been something to shout about. The senior guard is averaging 20.4 points and 4.6 assists in leading Fresno State to a 20-9 overall record heading into Wednesday night’s home finale against Colorado State.
Marvelle Harris’ season has certainly been something to shout about. The senior guard is averaging 20.4 points and 4.6 assists in leading Fresno State to a 20-9 overall record heading into Wednesday night’s home finale against Colorado State. ezamora@fresnobee.com

Enter the Warzone, marching toward the brink of madness.

▪ Now that Leo finally has his Oscar, time for the not-so-grizzly task of recognizing the Fresno State men’s basketball team.

Mountain West Conference Player of the Year? Gotta be senior Marvelle Harris, third in the conference in scoring (20.4 points per game), No. 1 in assists (4.6) and second in steals (2.2) while limiting turnovers (1.9) despite how much he handles the ball.

MW Coach of the Year? Gotta be Rodney Terry, especially if the Bulldogs head to Las Vegas next week with the No. 2 seed.

▪ Despite Fresno State’s 20-9 record, average attendance at Save Mart Center (6,081) is slightly down from a year ago (6,190).

What’s changed is that there might be 5,000 fans in the arena for certain games instead of 2,000 or fewer. Meaning the disparity between ticket sales and actual butts in seats isn’t as vast.

▪ Three letters that should not pass through any Bulldog fan’s lips: N-I-T.

For the first time in a decade, Fresno State has a real chance to make the NCAA Tournament. This should be the only thought on anyone’s mind, not some consolation prize.

▪ The first day of spring football is significant because it allows last season’s 3-9 disaster to fade even further into the rear-view mirror.

Other than that, mostly guys running around in shorts.

▪ Instead of being an offense that always takes what the defense gives them – and struggling to accomplish that since You Know Who left – the Bulldogs will also look to impose their will.

That’s the easiest way to sum up the change in philosophies.

▪ Offensive line coach Mark Weber, in his second go-round with the Bulldogs, stood out from the rest with his white Fresno State baseball cap.

“It’s the only cap that fits my fat head,” he explained.

▪ ESPN.com ranked Fresno State as the 37th most desirable coaching job (out of 64) among the Group of 5 schools and seventh in the MW behind Boise State (No. 2), Colorado State (8), San Diego State (11), Nevada (22), Air Force (30) and Utah State (31).

Reaction No. 1: Never realized Reno and Logan, Utah, produced so much talent.

Reaction No. 2: Good thing no one told Eric Kiesau.

▪ Biggest reason for the Bulldogs’ baseball team’s 8-0 start? Look no further than the 1.38 team ERA and .173 opponents’ batting average.

Coach Mike Batestole wasn’t kidding when he said he was armed with arms.

▪ Now that the Golden State Warriors are through the trickiest part of their schedule, 73 wins looks more inevitable than improbable.

Heck, 74 or 75 are in the realm of possibility.

▪ Oscar Robertson and other NBA old-timers denigrate Stephen Curry mainly out of ignorance, not spite.

Curry is playing a form of basketball they’ve never seen before.

▪ Since Peyton Manning won’t ride off into the sunset, the Denver Broncos will just have to giddy up without him.

▪ Fresno’s loudest, most spirited cheering section, Fire Squad Fresno, will be at its throaty best for Thursday night’s soccer exhibition between Fresno Fuego and Sacramento Republic FC.

Good thing beer is an excellent lubricator.

▪ For no particular reason: Dick Fosbury.

▪ As if regular lice weren’t bad enough, along come super lice.

Picturing lice wearing tiny capes, leaping from follicle to follicle in a single bound.

▪ The Baltimore Orioles are banning outfielder Adam Jones’ postgame pie-in-the-face celebrations, citing safety concerns.

Better do away with Gatorade showers, too. Somebody might drown.

Shower the Warzone with warm praise, or icy rebuke, at 559-441-6218, marekw@fresnobee.com or @MarekTheBee.

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