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Time to Dance: Fresno State, Western Athletic

Who? The Bulldogs of Fresno State.

What? You see that V on TimeOut's collar? It's not V as in the Roman numeral five. It's V as in the San Joaquin Valley. Fresno State sees itself as representing more than Fresno, but the whole area as well.

Where? That all being said, Fresno, California, which was only allowed to have UHF television.

When? March 12th, in Las Vegas, Nevada; since UNLV isn't hosting in the tournament, what happens in Vegas will not entirely stay in Vegas.

Why? Because they won the Western Athletic conference tournament.

How? Bree Farley's only points of the game came on a turnaround jumper with less than a second left to give Fresno State a hard-fought 78-76 win over Louisiana Tech. Jaleesa Ross led all scorers with 23 points.

Surprise? Yes. It took a month-long hot streak for the Bulldogs to come within a game of Louisiana Tech- but it should be noted that both of their regular-season games against LA Tech went to overtime.

Who's driving this thing, anyway? Adrian Wiggins, since 2005. He played baseball in college.

RPI: 51

SOS: 109

Record: 25-7 (14-2)

Best win: TCU (H)

Worst loss: Cal Poly (H)

Notable results: See above, regarding Louisiana Tech; one game was triple-overtime, the other was regular overtime, and the championship rematch needed a buzzer beater. That counts as notable, right?


Who knew the San Joaquin Valley was secretly an Australian territory? Fresno State claims five Aussies on their roster, including second- and third-leading scorers Hayley Munro and Rosie Moult. Senior guard Jaleesa Ross is the center of attention, though, with 16.2 points, over two steals, and four assists per game. They like to go deep. And if you want to read about how they played at the Chartwell Holiday Classic, you can do it here.