July 2, 2008
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State Head Men's Basketball Coach Dan Monson and Athletics Director Vic Cegles announced the 2008-09 schedule for the 49er men's basketball team. The 49ers will tackle one of its most ambitious schedules in school history as they will take on seven teams which advanced to post-season play last year.
Five 2008 NCAA Tournament squads highlight the list as the 49ers tangle with Wisconsin, Brigham Young, Oregon, Temple and Cal State Fullerton, the Big West Tournament champions. The 49ers will also take on 2008 NIT teams in Syracuse and UC Santa Barbara.
Of the 12 non-conference games on the schedule, nine feature teams which had winning records in 2007-08, with five teams winning 20 or more games. The 13th non-league game will take place on February 21 as the 49ers will play host to an ESPNU Bracket Buster game at the Walter Pyramid.
"We know this schedule is a challenge for us," said Monson. "Maybe even a little bit too much for where our program is at right now. But, to get to where we want to go, we need to play teams like this."
The season begins on November 14 as the 49ers hit the road to Provo, Utah to take on BYU. From there they play at Wisconsin on November 16. BYU was 27-8 last season and won the Mountain West regular season title. Wisconsin concluded its season at 31-5, winning the Big 10 regular season and tournament titles. The Badgers lost in the Sweet 16 to Davidson, 73-56.
The home opener, and the first of two games against this opponent, will be on November 22 as the 49ers host Weber State. The Wildcats were 16-14 last year and finished 10-6 in the Big Sky Conference. The 49ers will play at Weber State on December 11. After a quick trip to play Idaho State on November 25, the 49ers return home for two tough contests. They host New Mexico State on November 30 and Pepperdine on December 3. NMSU was 21-14 last year and tied for first in the Western Athletic Conference. They just missed a trip to the NCAA Tournament, as they fell in the WAC final in triple overtime to Boise State. Pepperdine, under the direction of new head coach Tom Asbury, went 11-21 last season.
December 6 sees the 49ers return a game at the University of San Francisco, which begins a three-game road trip. After playing at Weber State on the 11th, the 49ers will head to the east coast to play Syracuse on December 13. The Orange were 21-14 last year and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT (falling to UMass).
Right before the holidays the 49ers return home playing host to Montana State (Dec. 20) and Temple (Dec. 22) at the Walter Pyramid. The Bobcats were 15-14 last year. Temple (21-13) was a surprise winner of the Atlantic 10 Tournament and advanced to the NCAA's where they fell in the opening round to Michigan State. The calendar year concludes with a game at Oregon on December 29. The Ducks were 18-14 last year and lost to Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA's.
Conference play begins on January 2nd and 4th as the 49ers host UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. Five of their first seven league games are at home this season. The final home game of the year will be on February 26 as the 49ers host UC Irvine in a Black and Blue Rivalry Series contest. The Big West Tournament will once again be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, running from March 11th through the 14th.
2008-09 49er Schedule
Nov. 8 vs. Exhibition Game, Walter Pyramid, 4 pm
Nov. 14 at Brigham Young, Provo, Utah, tba
Nov. 16 at Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc., tba
Nov. 22 vs. Weber State, Walter Pyramid, 4 pm
Nov. 25 at Idaho State, Pocatello, Idaho, 6 pm
Nov. 30 vs. New Mexico State, Walter Pyramid, 4 pm
Dec. 3 vs. Pepperdine, Walter Pyramid, 7 pm
Dec. 6 at San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif., tba
Dec. 11 at Weber State, Ogden, Utah, 6 pm
Dec. 13 at Syracuse, Syracuse, NY, 11 am
Dec. 20 vs. Montana State, Walter Pyramid, 3 pm
Dec. 22 vs. Temple, Walter Pyramid, 7:30 pm
Dec. 29 at Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 7 pm
Jan. 2 vs. UC Santa Barbara, Walter Pyramid, 7 pm
Jan. 4 vs. Cal Poly, Walter Pyramid, 4 pm
Jan. 8 at Pacific, Stockton, Calif, 7 pm
Jan. 10 at UC Davis, Davis, Calif., 7 pm
Jan. 17 vs. CS Northridge, Walter Pyramid, 4 pm
Jan. 24 vs. UC Riverside, Walter Pyramid, 4 pm
Jan. 29 vs. CS Fullerton, Walter Pyramid, 7 pm
Jan. 31 at UC Irvine, Irvine, Calif, 7 pm
Feb. 5 vs. UC Davis, Walter Pyramid, 7 pm
Feb. 7 vs. Pacific, Walter Pyramid, 4 pm
Feb. 11 at UC Riverside, Riverside, Calif., 7 pm
Feb. 18 at CS Fullerton, Fullerton, Calif, 7 pm
Feb. 21 vs. ESPNU Bracket Buster, Walter Pyramid, tba
Feb. 26 vs. UC Irvine, Walter Pyramid, 7 pm
Feb. 28 at CS Northridge, Northridge, Calif., 7 pm
Mar. 5 at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Calif, 7 pm
Mar. 7 at UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif., 7 pm
Mar. 11-14 at Big West Tournament (Anaheim Convention Center)
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