LBSU Men's Basketball is picked as the favorite to win the Big West Title this 2011-2012 season. Along with Big West recognition, the 49ers also received two points in the ESPN/USA Today Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll. Three players were also chosen on the six-man Preseason Media Big West All-American Conference Team.
Your 49ers received 20 out of 24 first-place votes and finished with 212 points in the preseason conference poll. Reigning Big West Conference Player of the Year, Casper Ware earned a spot on the preseason all-league team as well as Larry Anderson and T.J. Robinson. The men's basketball team completed last season with a 14-2 record in the Big West, and returns four key starters - Casper Ware, T.J. Robinson, Larry Anderson, and Eugene Phelps.
Among other preseason accolades, Senior Casper Ware is one of 50 other basketball student-athletes in Division I to be awarded the John R. Wooden Preseason Top 50 Award, the preseason watch list for the national player of the year award.
The LBSU Men's Basketball team will face a tough schedule early in the season, facing five teams ranked in the preseason by the coaches poll. Non-conference games include No. 1 North Carolina (Dec. 10), No. 8 Louisville (Nov. 28), No. 11 Pittsburgh (Nov. 16), No. 13 Kansas (Dec. 6), and No. 15 Xavier (Dec. 22).
Homecoming is set on November 12, 2011 at the Walter Pyramid against Boise State at 2:05PM. For more information please visit LongBeachState.com.