LONG BEACH STATE
Game info: 8 p.m. p.m. tonight at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN/KJR-950 AM
Record: 3-3. RPI rank: 173.
Previous game: Lost 80-77 (OT) to Loyola Marymount.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish second in the nine-team Big West by media.
Coach: Dan Monson is 41-59 in his fourth season with the 49ers. His overall record is 211-182.
Series: Washington leads 1-0.
Last meeting: The Huskies won 84-69 on November 26, 2007.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— T.J. Robinson was selected to the all-Big West team last season as a sophomore. He was a preseason all-conference pick this year. He’s seventh on LBSU’s career rebounding list and last year he led the team in scoring (15.4 ppg.) and rebounding (10.1). Robinson has 25 career double doubles. He was one of 20 Division I players last season to average a double double.
— Larry Anderson averaged 15.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals while leading Long Beach State to a 2-1 record last week at the Paradise Jam Tournament. He also scored 21 points – a LBSU high this season – during a 69-55 loss to Clemson. He was selected to the all-tournament team.
— Casper Ware ranks 10th on the school’s all-time assists and steals list. He was named to the preseason Big West all-conference team.
— All five starters have started the past three years and they’re all averaging double-digit scoring.
— Height and depth are concerns for the 49ers. No starter is taller than 6-8 and they use an eight-man rotation. Monson said Edis Dervisevic (sprained arch), a 6-foot-8 reserve forward, may not play tonight. The backups are averaging just 14.0 points, no one more than Lin Chang’s 4.3.
— LBSU is playing its first true road game. The 49ers went 2-1 at the Paradise Jam Tournament in St. Thomas Virgin Islands.
— Long Beach State has lost its last 15 games against ranked opponent, including a 81-65 defeat at home to No. 25 San Diego State in the opener.
— The 49ers also have an impressive win against a team from a major conference. They knocked off Iowa 78-72 last week. It was their fourth win all-time against a Big Ten team.
— Last year, Long Beach had the toughest non-conference schedule in the country and faced five top 25 teams, including Duke and West Virginia. This season the49ers play at North Carolina and Arizona State.
F – T.J. Robinson, 6-8, 215, Jr., 13.3 ppg., 10.5 rpg.
F – Eugene Phelps, 6-6, 235, Jr., 10.8, 5.7
G – Larry Anderson, 6-5, 205, Jr., 12.8, 5.7
G – Greg Plater, 6-1, 180, Sr., 11.0, 2.2
G – Casper Ware, 5-10, 170, Jr., 13.2, 5.0 apg.
— When Washington plays smaller teams, it’s an ideal matchup for 6-9 Matthew Bryan-Amaning who will be the tallest and quite possibly the most offensively skilled big man on the floor. He’ll have his hands full with Robinson who is a determined rebounder. You don’t collect 580 rebounds in three plus years without being a little nasty. Bryan-Amaning has 482 rebounds during his four-year career and has never been a terror on the glass. Rebounding has been a problem for UW this season and it could be a concern again tonight because the 49ers have three players (Robinson, Anderson and Phelps) averaging more than five boards a game. However, LBSU surrendered 21 offensive rebounds in its previous game to Loyola Marymount.
LONG BEACH STATE
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