The Fresno Pacific Sunbirds will travel to Fresno, California on Monday, November 6th, to face the Fresno State Bulldogs in their season opener. The game is scheduled to tip off at 10:30pm ET and will be televised live on MWN.
The Sunbirds are coming off a 22-12 season in 2022-23, while the Bulldogs finished with a record of 18-12. Fresno State is a member of the Mountain West Conference, while Fresno Pacific plays in the Pacific West Conference (PacWest).
The game between the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds and the Fresno State Bulldogs will be televised live on MWN. MWN is a regional sports network that is available in most markets in the Mountain West Conference. If you do not have MWN, you can check with your local cable or satellite provider to see if they offer the channel.
Matchup: Fresno Pacific vs Fresno State
Time: Monday, November 6, 2023, 10:30pm ET (Local time)
Locations: Save Mart Center, Fresno, CA
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The Sunbirds will be led by senior guard Jamaree Bouyea, who averaged 18.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season. Bouyea is one of the most dynamic scorers in the PacWest Conference and is a Preseason All-PacWest selection.
The Bulldogs will be led by senior forward Orlando Robinson, who averaged 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season. Robinson is one of the most versatile players in the Mountain West Conference and is a Preseason All-Mountain West selection.
The game between the Sunbirds and the Bulldogs is expected to be a close and competitive one. Both teams are evenly matched and have a number of talented players. Fresno Pacific has a slight edge in experience, while Fresno State has a slight edge in athleticism.
I predict that the Fresno State Bulldogs will defeat the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds by a score of 75-70.
Fresno State has a slight edge in athleticism and depth over Fresno Pacific. The Bulldogs also have a better defense, ranking 58th in the country in defensive efficiency last season, while the Sunbirds ranked 63rd.
Fresno Pacific has a slight edge in experience over Fresno State. The Sunbirds also have a better offense, ranking 65th in the country in offensive efficiency last season, while the Bulldogs ranked 82nd.
Overall, I believe that Fresno State has the edge in this matchup. They have a better defense and a more athletic team. However, Fresno Pacific is a capable team that could pull off the upset if they play their best game.