Fresno State v UNLV

Fresno State lands commitment from 2014 center Terrell Carter

Leave a comment

While Fresno State did manage to reach the championship series of the CBI last season, it was clear throughout the season that the Bulldogs would have to address their lack of size during the offseason. With that being the case, 6-foot-9 center Terrell Carter’s decision to verbally commit to Fresno State is an important step forward for the program.

News of the commitment was reported by Robert Kuwada of the Fresno Bee.

Carter joins a front court that was undersized a season ago, a situation the Bulldogs hope to avoid in 2014-15. Carter attends Redondo Union HS in Redondo Beach, Calif., where he averaged 13.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. The addition of Carter and the return of Braeden Anderson, who missed all of last season due to injuries suffered in a preseason car accident, are expected to help Fresno State improve on the boards.

The Bulldogs last season ranked 10th in the 11-team Mountain West Conference in rebounding margin at minus-2.9 and early in the season allowed far too many points in the paint within a few feet of the rim while [Paul] Watson and [Alex] Davis learned to play out of position. Watson had come to Fresno State as a three, and Davis as a four/three with designs on playing on the perimeter.

To add to the rebounding margin numbers mentioned above, Fresno State finished the season ranked last in the Mountain West in defensive rebounding percentage (68.3%) and tenth in offensive rebounding percentage (26.6%).

If Fresno State is to build on its postseason run and become an even more formidable team within the Mountain West, the rebounding numbers have to improve. And in order for that to happen, the Bulldogs will need contributions from Carter and Anderson.

Nevada coach to honor his father, Flip Saunders with unique warmup routine

Leave a comment

Nevada will be honoring Flip Saunders and Bill Musselman with a pregame warm-up routine they’ve been practicing for the past couple of weeks.

Bill is the father of Eric Musselman, Nevada’s head coach. He was coaching the Minnesota Golden Gophers that included Flip as a player when they used this warmup routine in the 1970s.

“We start almost every practice with this pregame routine,” Eric Musselman said. “It takes some time to get it down and we will perform it live for the first time before the Portland State home game at Lawlor Events Center on Nov. 25.”

The routine, which Eric found in a diagram after his father passed away, is similar to something you’d see the Harlem Globetrotters do.

CBT PODCAST: Indiana, UCLA, Ben Simmons and Thanksgiving sides

Ben Simmons
Leave a comment

New podcast!

In today’s episode, we talk quite a bit about Ben Simmons. How good of a prospect is he? Why do people insist on calling him overrated? Does LSU actually have a shot at missing the NCAA tournament?

[MORE: Why scouts are down on Simmons]

[MORE: Will Simmons be relevant in March?]

We also talk about Indiana’s disappointing showing in Maui, just how good Vanderbilt and Kansas have looked, Marquette’s ability to bounce back and whether or not we should be concerned about North Carolina and Maryland.

Oh, and Thanksgiving sides.

Do people really call stuffing ‘dressing’?

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here.