UW-Fresno State men’s hoops Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Robert Kuwada, who covers Fresno State men’s basketball for the Fresno Bee, about Wednesday’s game with the University of Wyoming at 8 p.m. at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

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Despite its record the Bulldogs have been close in a lot of conference games, including going to overtime in the last two. What are the struggles with this team right now?

The Bulldogs are just young and have had trouble making plays to finish games. The double-overtime loss to Nevada they had the lead at the end of regulation and gave up a layup to Deonte Burton to tie with about 15 seconds to go and then couldn’t get much of a shot coming out of a timeout, and then in the first overtime they had a lead and let Cole Huff get to the rim for a layup with one second to go. Layups … That logically can’t happen, but it did.

They made similar mistakes in the overtime loss at UNLV, only at the offensive end. UNLV gave them a lot of chances to win it in regulation and the overtime, but they couldn’t make a play. A freshman turned the ball over on one key possession. They got switched into a tough shot on another. They rushed a put-back just ahead of the buzzer and missed that.

They’re taking some lumps learning how to really compete and succeed at this level.

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UW-Fresno State Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Bryant-Jon Anteola, who covers Fresno State football for the Fresno Bee about Saturday night’s game with the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

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Look for Q&As with beat writers that cover UW football opponents every week throughout the season.

Quarterback Derek Carr became the school’s career passing leader last week. How good is Carr and how does he compare to some of the other great ones at Fresno State — notably his brother, David — and how has he flourished on coach Tim DeRuyter’s spread scheme?

Statistically, it’s turning out that Fresno State fans currently are watching the best quarterback ever in school history. Derek Carr holds 17 Fresno State records, including the most career passing yards (10,821) and touchdowns (91) and the highest career completion percentage (66.4) in school history. Nationally this season, Carr ranks second in both passing yards per game (382.6) and touchdowns (28) and enters Saturday’s game at Wyoming with 183 straight pass attempts without an interception. So, he’s obviously doing things that no player has ever done before at Fresno State. Ex-coach Pat Hill, who coached both Derek and David Carr, said from the get-go that Derek arrived at Fresno State more polished than his older brother, but because David had been tutoring and grooming Derek throughout his life. Both have a quick release and keep their bodies compact in their delivery, which allows them to maintain accuracy even as the pocket shrinks.

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