Long Beach State To Open With Michigan At Puerto Rico Tip-Off
Nov. 18, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. -
Game: Long Beach State vs. Michigan
Long Beach State will take one of its longest road trips in school history, spending 10 days on the road total while playing four games. The 49ers will travel a total of 7,156 miles on the trip, starting with a game at Kansas State before participating in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Under Dan Monson, Long Beach State has played in a trio of three-game tournaments, posting a 5-4 overall record in the 76 Classic (Anaheim, 2009), the Paradise Jam (Virgin Islands, 2010), and the Diamondhead Classic (Honolulu, 2011).
The 49ers have had some of their signature wins under Monson in those non-conference tournaments; the program's first ever win over UCLA, a 79-68 victory in 2009, and the second win over a ranked program in a 68-58 victory against No. 14 Xavier in 2011.
With Saturday's win over Hawaii Pacific, Long Beach State head coach Dan Monson tied Seth Greenberg with 105 wins at Long Beach State. That mark ranks tied for second in school history. Jerry Tarkanian has the most victories as a 49er head coach, winning 122 games from 1968 to 1973.
Long Beach State's Thursday game with Michigan will be broadcast on ESPN2; the rest of the tournament will also be carried on the ESPN family of networks, either on ESPN2, ESPNU, or ESPN3.
A.J. Spencer has been a surprise in the last two games, scoring in double-figures against both Loyola Marymount and Kansas State. After scoring 12 points against the Lions, Spencer was second on the team behind Jennings with 13 points scored against Kansas State.
Branford Jones has been a plus off of the bench for the 49ers, second on Long Beach State with 13 assists. Jones is also averaging 5.5 points per game, showcasing much of the promise the redshirt freshman showed before going down with an ankle injury in the first game of the year last season.
Junior college transfer David Samuels has played well in his first few games, averaging 6.3 points per game while placing second on the team in rebounds with 20 behind Jennings.
Nik Stauskas leads the Wolverines early in the campaign, scoring 17.3 points per game, including 20 against Iowa State in the last game out for Michigan.
Mitch McGary returned to the Michigan lineup Sunday after missing two games due to back issues. In 22 minutes, McGary had nine points and six rebounds in his return to action.
Dan Monson, who coached for seven-plus seasons at Minnesota, has a career 7-4 record against the Wolverines as head coach.
At Long Beach State, the 49ers have faced three Big Ten opponents, losing to Wisconsin in 2008 and Ohio State on the road last season, while picking up a win over Iowa during the 2010-11 season.
Long Beach State is 2-18 against ranked opponents under Dan Monson, as the 49ers have averaged three games per year against ranked foes in the non-conference schedule. The 49ers last win came against Xavier in 2011, but LBSU has lost six straight games against ranked opponents.