Minnesota-Long Beach State BB preview

The Gophers will face Long Beach State Tuesday evening at Williams Arena. The 49ers are 1-3 after falling at Pepperdine Saturday, 87-73. Minnesota is 3-2 on the season after defeating Western Illinois Saturday 86-64. Like Minnesota, Long Beach State has struggled away from home. The 49ers have lost 18 consecutive games away from home, including an 0-14 mark last season and an 0-3 mark this year. Their last non-conference road win was at Loyola Marymount in a 57-54 victory on Dec. 18, 2000.

The two teams have only met one other time. The lone meeting came on Jan. 2, 1982 in Minneapolis as the Gophers won the game, 75-67.  Randy Breuer led Minnesota with 25 points and four blocks and Trent Tucker added 22. The 49ers were led by former NBA guard Craig Hodges who had 16 points and eight rebounds.

 

The 49ers are coached by Larry Reynolds, who is 6-25 (.194) is his second season at Long Beach State. Reynolds was 110-35 (.759) in five years as the head coach at Cal State San Bernardino.

Long Beach State is 4-12 lifetime against teams from the Big 10 conference. The last meeting between LBSU and a Big 10 school was Dec. 27, 1998, when the 49ers lost at Northwestern, 67-47. The last 49er win over a Big 10 opponent was Dec. 2, 1989, when the 49ers beat Purdue, 70-69, in Long Beach.

Tuesday's game with Minnesota will be the fourth game in 11 days for the 49ers. Long Beach State has struggled with its shooting. They are making just 42.4 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from the three-point range and 67.5 percent from the line. The 49ers have scored more points with each game this season. After tallying just 44 in the opener at San Diego State, the 49ers had 59 at Portland, 71 vs. CS Stanislaus and then had a season-best 73 points at Pepperdine. LBSU is currently averaging 61.8 points per game, but has scored 72.0 points in its last two outings.

 

Rebounding could be the key to the 49ers' chances. They are outrebounding their opposition, 36.2 to 33.0, this season. However, the 49ers were last in the Big West in rebounding last season with 30.4 rebounds per game. They do not have a starter over 6-8.

 

Probable Starting lineup for Long Beach State

F-10-Cody Pearson (6-4, 193, Jr., 5.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg)

F-30-Kevin Roberts (6-5, 255, Sr., 12.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg) 

C-24-Antoine Jackson (6-7, 242, Sr., 6.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg)

G-20-Kevin Houston (5-10,170, Fr., 4.3 ppg, 3.8 apg) 

G-52-Chris Jenkins (6-8, 184, Jr., 8.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg) 

 

Sixth man

G- 1-Jibril Hodges (6-2, 179, So. 13.5 ppg.,  2.0 rpg)


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