The Fresno State Men’s Basketball 2017-2018 season gets underway Monday, Oct. 30 at the Save Mart Center.
It’s sure to be an exciting season for the Bulldogs. The team is loaded with talent. Senior guard Jason Hopkins is considered one of the best players in the country. Sports Illustrated ranks him 93 on their preseason list for top scorers.
“Jason has spent a lot of time on fundamentals, pivoting, passing, ball-handling and shooting,” says Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry. “The basic fundamentals of the game are what he has spent a lot of time working on and he is getting a real good grasp of that and what that means.”
Hopkins was a 2016-2017 Mountain West All-Defensive Team selection. That means he was considered one of the top defensive players out of all the players that play in the Bulldogs’ conference.
Hopkins says he hopes to be even better this year. “I worked on just about everything,” Hopkins said. “I was in the weight room, worked on ball handling and shooting, and focused on being a better leader as well. I had to tweak a lot of little things. I was able to improve my jump shot, dribbling, passing and all the other fundamentals. Our team is focused more than ever this year. I really feel like we had a good offseason.”
Fans seem pumped for the upcoming season. The Bulldogs’ Timeout Club hosts an annual Tip-Off Dinner where fans get to meet the players and hear about the team. This year tickets sold out. Three hundred tickets were sold—the largest number in 14 years.
Fresno State will play at least 16 games this season on either CBS Sports Network or one of the ESPN family of networks.
But what’s better than watching the Dogs on TV is watching them in person. Season ticket packages and mini-plans are on sale now through the Bulldog Ticket Office. Season ticket packages start at $149 and six-game mini packs start at $78. You can get more information on tickets at GoBulldogs.com or by calling (559) 278-DOGS.
The Bulldogs play 19 games at home this season. The first game. on Oct. 30, is an exhibition game against Pacific Union College. One of the biggest games of the season is Dec. 16 when the Bulldogs host Oregon. Fresno State is already heavily promoting that game. They hope to pack the Save Mart Center.
If you haven’t been to a Fresno State Men’s Basketball game before, or if it’s been a while, now is the time to go. You can find me at center court. Hope to see you there! #BulldogBornBulldogBred