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NCAA Countdown: No. 54 Long Beach St.
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On August 28, 2013 @ 2:00 pm In NCAA,Wirenews | No Comments
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
The first word: Long Beach State coach Dan Monson has a simple-yet-unorthodox formula for success at the mid-major level: Play the best programs in the country. Play a lot of them. Play on the road.
Long Beach State is slated to play Arizona, Kansas State, Michigan, Creighton, North Carolina State and Missouri during its non-conference portion of this season.
Monson’s aware how this strategy affects his record with the 49ers, yet he sees the non-conference schedule as more of a “preseason” and a chance for his team to grow and, on most nights, get humbled by a major BCS school on the road before thousands of booing fans. Basically, with the Big West Conference a sure-fire one-bid league, Monson is hardly concerned with his team developing a perfectly scripted résumé for the NCAA tournament committee to dissect.
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