New Fresno State men’s basketball coach says he hopes to fill Save Mart Center
The Mountain West released its 2019-20 basketball schedules on Thursday with Fresno State set to open conference play Dec. 4 against UNLV at the Save Mart Center.
The Bulldogs, who last season were 23-9 and 13-5 and in third place in the conference play, will play four home games in the first half of league play and five in the second and didn’t get much of a draw with their Saturday home dates.
Fresno State will play San Jose State, Boise State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming on a Saturday at home – the Aggies are the likely preseason pick to win the Mountain West, but the Spartans, Broncos, Lobos and Cowboys all finished last season in the bottom half of the conference.
Some conference games will shift to Tuesday from Wednesday and to Sunday from Saturday to accommodate broadcasts on CBS Sports Network and ESPN – those selections are expected to be completed by late August. AT&T SportsNet and the Mountain West Network select games after the national TV lineup has been finalized. Game times will be set once all networks finalize their selections.
The Bulldogs this season return forward Nate Grimes, along with point guard Noah Blackwell, guard New Williams and forward Aguir Agau and add graduate transfer Daryl Edwards, transfers Chris Seeley and Jordan Campbell.
Fresno State is the only team to win a first-round bye at the conference tournament the past five seasons and also the only team to have won 10 or more league games.
The Mountain West also released the format and game times for the conference tournament, which will be played March 4-7 in Las Vegas.
Fresno State Mountain West basketball schedule
Dec. 4: UNLV at Fresno State
Dec. 7: Fresno State at Utah State
Jan. 1: Fresno State at San Diego State
Jan. 4: San Jose State at Fresno State
Jan. 8: Fresno State at New Mexico
Jan. 15: San Diego State at Fresno State
Jan. 18: Fresno State at Wyoming
Jan. 22: Fresno State at Colorado State
Jan. 25: Boise State at Fresno State
Jan. 29: Fresno State at Air Force
Feb. 1: New Mexico at Fresno State
Feb. 5: Colorado State at Fresno State
Feb. 8: Fresno State at UNLV
Feb. 12: Fresno State at San Jose State
Feb. 15: Utah State at Fresno State
Feb. 19: Air Force at Fresno State
Feb. 22: Fresno State at Nevada
Feb. 29: Wyoming at Fresno State
2020 Mountain West Tournament
At the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas
First round, Game 1: 11 a.m.
First round, Game 2: 1:30 p.m.
First round, Game 3: 4 p.m.
Quarterfinal, Game 1: noon
Quarterfinal, Game 2: 2:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal, Game 3: 6 p.m.
Quarterfinal, Game 4: 8:30 p.m.
Semifinal, Game 1: 6 p.m.
Semifinal, Game 2: 8:30 p.m.
Championship: 3 p.m.