[QUOTE]Five weeks ago, Fresno State entered the Western Athletic Conference tournament with a 33-27 record and needed to capture the league crown to even land a spot in the 64-team national tournament. The Bulldogs received a No. 4 seed in their four- team regional, the equivalent of a team drawing a 13-16 seed in the national men’s basketball tournament.
The WAC champions upset sixth-ranked San Diego to win their regional and then stunned Arizona State on the road in one of eight super regionals. That victory made Fresno State the first regional fourth seed to advance to the final 8 in Omaha since the national tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1999.