Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State Men's Basketball has released the 2014-15 schedule, which features a pair of top return home games and a slate of eight elite road contests prior to the beginning of Big West action.
In total, Long Beach State will be playing eight teams that reached the NCAA Tournament last season, as well as three (San Diego State, UCLA, Kansas State) that reached the Sweet 16 in the 2013-14 campaign.
The Beach is once again looking at a schedule that will likely be the toughest non-conference schedule in the nation. 10 opponents reached the NCAA postseason a year ago, and 11 teams on the schedule recorded 20 wins one season ago.
"As we continue our quest to build our program into one of national prominence it begins with a national schedule," said LBSU head coach Dan Monson. "I think we've done that again this year. The next step is to get to the point where we're not just playing these national teams, but experiencing success against them, which is the goal for this season and moving forward."
The opening weekend of the season will be action packed, as Long Beach State will start on the road, facing BYU in Provo, Utah on November 14. The next day will be Homecoming for The Beach, as the 49ers will host San Francisco State in the home opener on November 15.
The 49ers will travel to Xavier for a non-bracketed game as part of the Wooden Legacy, and then will return home for a premier home game, hosting Kansas State of the Big 12 on Friday, November 21.
Long Beach State will face UCLA for the first time since 2012-13, heading back to Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, November 23. The Beach will then participate in a tournament close to home, representing the Big West for the second time in the Wooden Legacy.
Announced today, Long Beach State will start the Wooden Legacy by playing Western Michigan on Thanksgiving at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The first two rounds will be held at Titan Gym on the Cal State Fullerton campus, with LBSU playing either Washington or San Jose State in the second game of the tournament. The final day of action of the Wooden Legacy will then be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
After the Wooden Legacy, the 49ers will play two straight Mountain West opponents, hosting Nevada on December 3 before traveling south to face San Diego State on December 10.
The toughest test of the year will follow for Long Beach State, with a pair of massive road trips. The Beach will start with a trek to Texas and St. Johns, and following the Christmas holiday, will return to the road to face Syracuse and Louisville.
The 49ers close out the non-conference schedule by hosting Fresno Pacific on Saturday, January 3, and will open Big West play against UC Irvine in the Bren Events Center on January 8.
Key home dates for Long Beach State in Big West play include rivalry games against UC Irvine (Feb. 7) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 28) and two more Saturday contests against Hawai'i (Jan. 31) and UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 17).
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