NCAA Tournament 2012: Long Beach State Falls To New Mexico In First Round In Portland

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Long Beach State's Casper Ware Named Honorable Mention AP All-American

According to a tweet by the LA Times' Chris Foster, Long Beach State's Casper Ware has been named an honorable mention AP All-American for the second consecutive year.

Ware is the only player from the LA area to make the list as he led the LA area's lone NCAA tournament team this season. Ware averaged 17.4 points and 3.4 assists per game as a senior guard for the 49ers. His percentages dipped across the board as a shooter but his overall production was very similar to his junior campaign.

He ended his career with what made him great and what made him inconsistent. Against UC-Santa Barbara with an NCAA Tournament spot on the line, he put up 33 points and hit eight threes to lead the 49ers to an 11th seed in the tourney. But against New Mexico in the second round of the tourney, he shot only 5-for-19 for 17 points as the Rams bowed out early.

But Ware will be remembered for being part of the Rams' arrival as one of the top programs in the LA area.

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Printable NCAA Bracket 2012: Bracket Updated With Final Four

The 2012 NCAA Tournament began with 68 teams and as of Sunday, that field has been narrowed all the way down to the Final Four. The teams will meet in New Orleans next week to determine who will advance to the national championship game. Check out SB Nation's updated printable 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket (PDF) to see how the remaining teams got there.

On Sunday, the final two teams punched their ticket to New Orleans. The Kentucky Wildcats proved yet again why they are the No. 1 overall team in the entire bracket with an easy win over the No. 3 Baylor Bears. They will face the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals in the penultimate round of play.

The other team advancing on Sunday was the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks, who knocked off the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels in the Midwest Region. The Jayhawks will face fellow No. 2 the Ohio St. Buckeyes in the Final Four.

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Final Four 2012: Kentucky Vs. Louisville, Kansas Vs. Ohio State

The Kentucky Wildcats had a pretty easy time dispatching the Baylor Bears in their Elite 8 matchup, and they'll now put up with a rematch of Louisville, who had to mount a pretty astonishing comeback to beat Florida. Kansas played North Carolina at their pace and stayed in it, before turning the game into a defensive gritfest late as the Jayhawks outlasted the Tar Heels. They'll face Ohio State, who also had a tough go of it before managing to take out Syracuse.

Here's the schedule for Saturday's Final Four contests.

Kentucky vs. Louisville, 3:09 PM PT/6:09 PM ET, CBS
Kansas vs. Ohio State, 5:49 PM PT/8:49 PM ET, CBS

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Printable NCAA Bracket 2012: Two More Final Four Spots Up For Grabs

With two of the tickets already punched for the 2012 Final Four, the entire field will fill out by the end of the day Sunday as the last two elite eight games are set to take place in the South and Midwest regions.

Ohio State and Louisville have already made their way into the big dance on Saturday, but the Baylor Bears tussle with the Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks take on the North Carolina Tar Heels for the final two spots in the tournament.

Most brackets around the country have been busted long ago, but you can always keep dreaming or stay in the loop by checking out SB Nation's daily printable bracket (PDF).

For a meticulously updated printable bracket that includes Saturday's pair of Elite Eight games, head over to SB Nation's 2012 printable bracket StoryStream. For more up to the minute news and top notch analysis of every single NCAA Tournament game, make sure that you head over to SB Nation's dedicated NCAA Basketball hub.

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NCAA Bracket 2012 And Schedule: Full TV Times & Announcer Info For Sunday

The Long Beach St. 49ers may have gotten bumped off in the Round of 64, but the competition and games in the 2012 NCAA Tournament have been so intense and thrilling that there is no reason you shouldn't be watching.

Sunday will continue the Round of 32 and will reveal the second half of competitors that will comprise the prestigious Sweet 16. Several games look to be slugfests, notable the evenly-matched N.C. State Wolfpack going up against the Georgetown Hoyas, as well as the upset kings Norfolk St. taking on the Florida Gators. Can Norfolk pull off two upsets in a row and make it to the Sweet 16? There's only one way to find out. We've gathered all of the pertinent viewing information for you in one handy location.

Here is the full schedule for Sunday's games. All times are Eastern.

N.C. State vs. Georgetown, 12:15 p.m. on CBS
Announcers: Tim Brando and Mike Gminski

Saint Louis vs. Michigan St., 2:45 p.m. (tentative) on CBS
Announcers: Tim Brando and Mike Gminski

Creighton vs. North Carolina, 5:15 p.m. on CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg

Norfolk St. vs. Florida, 6:10 p.m. on TNT
Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Craig Sager

Ohio vs. South Florida, 7:10 p.m. on TBS
Announcers: Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel

Lehigh vs. Xavier, 7:45 p.m. (tentative) on truTV
Announcers: Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg

Purdue vs. Kansas, 8:40 p.m. (tentative) on TNT
Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Craig Sager

Cincinnati vs. Florida St., 9:40 p.m. (tentative) on TBS
Announcers: Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel

For up-to-the-minute scores on all NCAA Tournament games, please check out SI.com's complete scoreboard.

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NCAA Bracket 2012 And Schedule: Game Time & TV Info For Saturday

The Long Beach St. 49ers may have been knocked out of the 2012 NCAA Tournament in the first round, but they can take solace in the fact that No. 2 seeds Missouri and Duke were also knocked out on Friday in a pair of historic Round of 64 upsets.

Even though Southern California has no more teams left in the race to the national championship, this year's event is already thrilling and has the feel of an instant classic. The play races headlong into Saturday as the Round of 32 begins.

Saturday's games will feature Thursday's winners duking it out to determine who enters the Sweet 16 as we get one day closer to crowning a national champion.

Syracuse. vs. Kansas St., 12:15 p.m. on CBS
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore and Reggie Miller

Ohio St. vs. Gonzaga, 2:45 p.m. (tentative) on CBS
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore and Reggie Miller

Marquette vs. Murray St., 5:15 p.m. on CBS
Announcers: Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery

Wisconsin vs. Vanderbilt, 6:10 p.m. on TNT
Announcers: Spero Dedes and Bob Wenzel

Indiana vs. VCU, 7:10 p.m. on TBS
Announcers: Brian Anderson and Dan Bonner

Kentucky vs. Iowa St., 7:45 p.m. (tentative) on CBS
Announcers: Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery

Baylor vs. Colorado, 8:40 p.m. (tentative) on TNT
Announcers: Spero Dedes and Bob Wenzel

Louisville vs. New Mexico, 9:40 p.m. (tentative) on TBS
Announcers: Brian Anderson and Dan Bonner

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NCAA Tournament TV Schedule, Start Times, Announcers And More For Friday

The second day of the NCAA Tournament will narrow the field down from 48 teams down to 36. Thursday featured a ton of great games and Friday looks to be no different. Where are the upsets? Which Cinderella teams emerge? Do the top-seeds play like they're expected to, or do they nearly fall asleep like Syracuse did yesterday? We're about to find out.

Here is the full schedule for Friday, including start times, announcer pairings and more.


FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Morning/early afternoon session


Cincinnati vs. Texas,
9:15 AM PT, CBS (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

San Diego St. vs. NC State, 9:40 AM PT, truTV (Columbus)
Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

Creighton vs. Alabama, 10:40 AM, TBS (Greensboro)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Florida vs. Virginia, 11:10 AM, TNT (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)

Florida State vs. St. Bonaventure,
30 minutes after conc. of Cincinnati/Texas, CBS (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

Georgetown vs. Belmont, 30 minutes after conclusion of San Diego St./NC State, truTV (Columbus)
Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

North Carolina vs. Lamar/Vermont, 30 minutes after conclusion of Creighton/Alabama, TBS (Greensboro)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Missouri vs. Norfolk St., 30 minutes after conclusion of Florida/Virginia, TNT (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)

Late afternoon/evening session.

Memphis vs. Saint Louis, 3:50 PM PT, TBS (Columbus)
Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

Duke vs. Lehigh, 4:15 PM PT, CBS (Greensboro)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Michigan vs. Ohio,
4:20 PM PT, TNT (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)


St. Mary’s (CA) vs. Purdue,
4:27 PM PT, truTV (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)


Michigan State vs. LIU Brooklyn, 30 minutes after conclusion of Memphis/St. Louis, TBS (Columbus)

Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

Notre Dame vs. Xavier, 30 minutes after conclusion of Duke/Lehigh, CBS (Greensboro)

Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Temple vs. California/South Florida, 30 minutes after conclusion of Michigan/Ohio, TNT (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)


Kansas vs. Detroit, 30 minutes after conclusion of St. Mary's/Purdue, truTV (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)

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NCAA Bracket 2012 And Schedule: A Look At The West Region After Long Beach State Eliminated

The first full day of the 2012 NCAA Tournament brought the curtain down on the season for the Long Beach State 49ers. The senior-laden team, the No. 12 seed in the West Region, fell to the No. 5 seed New Mexico Lobos on Wednesday 75-68 in a close, hard fought game.

Only two of the 16 games on Thursday produced upsets, as the Pac-12 Tournament champion and No. 11 seed Colorado Buffaloes upended the No. 6 seed UNLV Runnin' Rebels 68-64. Outside of Washington and Oregon still alive in the NIT, Colorado is the only Pac-12 team still playing. Colorado will play No. 3 seed Baylor on Saturday night.

Last year's Final Four Cinderella story, the VCU Rams, gave us an upset yet again on Thursday, as the No. 12 seed Rams beat the No. 5 seed Wichita State Shockers 62-59. VCU will play No. 4 seed Indiana on Saturday.

The four games in the West Region on Thursday went completely according to chalk with the higher seeds winning each game, including Long Beach State falling to New Mexico. Here's a look at the remainder of the West Region now that Long Beach State has been eliminated:

Friday

11:10 a.m. PST - No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10 Virginia

1:40 p.m. PST - No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 15 Norfolk State

3:50 p.m. PST - No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 St. Louis

6:40 p.m. PST - No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 LIU Brooklyn

Saturday

2:15 p.m. PST - No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 6 Murray State

6:40 p.m. PST - No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 5 Marquette

Other two Saturday matchups TBD

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NCAA Tournament 2012 First Round, Long Beach State Vs. New Mexico Final Score: Drew Gordon Leads Lobos To 75-68 Win

Drew Gordon had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the No. 5 seed New Mexico Lobos to a 75-68 win over the No. 12 Long Beach St. 49ers in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament at the Rose Garden in Portland. The Lobos advanced to face the No. 4 seed Louisville Cardinals on Saturday.

Casper Ware led Long Beach State (25-8) with 17 points and dished out six assists in his final college game. Fellow senior T.J. Robinson had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the 49ers, who shot 43.1% for the game. Long Beach State shot 39.5% in the second half.

New Mexico led at halftime 33-29. Kendall Williams had 16 points and five assists for the Lobos (28-6), who shot 50% for the game.

Guard Larry Anderson, also a senior for Long Beach State returned after missing three games with a sprained right knee, but had just five points in 17 minutes of play.

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NCAA Tournament First Round, Long Beach State Vs. New Mexico Score: 49ers Trail 33-29 At Halftime

Casper Ware scored seven points and had four assists in the first half as the No. 12 seed Long Beach State 49ers are within four points of the No. 5 seed New Mexico Lobos, trailing 33-29 at halftime in the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament from the Rose Garden in Portland on Thursday afternoon. The 49ers also got guard Larry Anderson back after he missed the Big West Tournament with a sprained right knee. Anderson scored no points but played nine minutes in the first half.

Ware hit two of four shots from three-point range for Long Beach State, who shot 48.1% (13 for 27) in the first half. T.J. Robinson had eight points and six rebounds for the 49ers.

Demetrius Walker led a balanced scoring attack for the Lobos with nine points. New Mexico shot 50% (12 for 24) in the opening half. The game was close throughout the first 20 minutes, with neither team led by more than six points. Drew Gordon added six points and three rebounds for New Mexico.

The winner of today's contest will face the No. 4 seed Louisville Cardinals on Saturday.

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March Madness 2012, New Mexico Vs. Long Beach State: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Long Beach State 49ers have their glass slippers ready to go dancing, but will first have to get through the New Mexico Lobos in the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament before they can been up for Cinderella consideration.

The 49ers (25-8, 15-1 Big West) earned a No. 12 seed in the West region after grinding through a very tough regular season schedule including only one loss in conference all year. As for New Mexico (27-6, 10-4 MWC), the No. 5 seed in the West region, comes in as winners of 12 of their last 14 including knocking off both UNLV and San Diego State to win the Mountain West Conference tournament last week, both who made the tournament as well.

This is the 49ers first NCAA tourney berth since 2007, and should prove a handful for the Lobos who are looking to get past this round for the first time since 1974.

Date: March 15, 2012

Time: 30 minutes after conclusion of Louisville/Davidson, approx. 1:10 p.m. PT (4:10 ET)

Location: Rose Garden, Portland, OR

TV: TBS Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Schedule, TV Times, Announcers For Thursday

It's here. The wait is over. The 2012 NCAA tournament is upon us ladies and gents, and you can almost feel the excitement in the air.

Thursday will consist of 16 action-packed games, with No. 1 seeds Kentucky Wildcats and Syracuse Orangemen in action, as well as a number of other exciting teams like UNLV, Kansas State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and more.

Essentially there are two sessions, the morning/early afternoon session of games and the evening session of games, all are broken down below for your viewing enjoyment. So get the popcorn ready, find a comfy seat, and if need be call in sick to work (but you didn't hear that from me).

All times Pacfic.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15- Morning/early afternoon session

Murray State vs. Colorado State, 9:15 AM PT, CBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Kansas State vs. Southern Miss, 9:40 AM PT, truTV (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

Louisville vs. Davidson, 10:40 AM PT, TBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Wisconsin vs. Montana, 11:10 AM PT, TNT (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Marquette vs. BYU/Iona, 30 minutes after conclusion of Murray St/Colorado St, CBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Syracuse vs. UNC Asheville, 30 minutes after conclusion of Kansas St/Southern Miss, truTV (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

New Mexico vs. Long Beach St., 30 minutes
after conclusion of Louisville/Davidson, TBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Vanderbilt vs. Harvard, 30 minutes after conclusion of Wisconsin/Montana, TNT (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

-Late afternoon/evening games-

Kentucky vs. Mississippi Valley State/Western Kentucky, 3:50 PM PT, TBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Wichita State vs. VCU, 4:15 PM PT, CBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Gonzaga vs. West Virginia, 4:20 PM PT, TNT (Pittsburgh)

Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

Baylor vs. South Dakota State, 4:27 PM PT, truTV (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Iowa State vs. Connecticut, 30 minutes after conclusion of Kentucky/MVS-WKU winner, TBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Indiana vs. New Mexico State, 30 minutes after conclusion of Wichita St/VCU, CBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Ohio State vs. Loyola Maryland, 30 minutes
after conclusion of Gonzaga/West Virginia, TNT (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

UNLV vs. Colorado, 30 minutes after conc. of Baylor/South Dakota State, truTV (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

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Long Beach State Basketball: Larry Anderson Questionable Vs. New Mexico

The Long Beach St. 49ers are one of those teams that people consider a sleeper in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. They have a lot of talented offensive players. Point guard Casper Ware is a potential draft pick as the team's point guard, T.J. Robinson is an imposing rebounding and defending big man, Eugene Phelps provides additional rebounding support, and James Ennis gets his buckets, particularly on the inside.

However, Long Beach State might very well have trouble on the inside. Larry Anderson is the team's best offensive players, strong on his two point shots and quite efficient on his three pointers. But he might not be available at the most crucial time for their first game in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

David Leon Moore of the USA Today has this report on Anderson's injury.

Anderson said he would gauge his knee's progress at practice later Wednesday.

"I'll try to get in some game situations and see how it goes," he said. "If it's too sore, I probably wouldn't play."

Anderson being out will make it easier for New Mexico to deal with Long Beach State's offensive style. It'll be important for him to be healthy for this game.

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NCAA Tournament Picks: Long Beach State Could Start Cinderella Run Against New Mexico

The NCAA Tournament always features its fair share of upsets and most common area for a first round shocker is the No. 5 seed against the No. 12 seed. The Long Beach St. 49ers may not be well known across the country, but the team can flat-out play. They challenged themselves early in the season against the likes of Louisville, Kansas, North Carolina and others and feature one of the best players in the country in senior guard Casper Wear.

Luckily for you and your bracket, we have a few updates on the 49ers and what a few of the experts are saying about their chances as a Cinderella team.

West Region breakdown - 2012 NCAA tournament - ESPN
Eamonn Brennan says LBSU is a legitimate threat to make a Sweet 16 run, but they got an unfavorable draw with the defensive-minded New Mexico Lobos.

West region bracket busters - Rivals.com Video
Pat Forde of Yahoo! talks upsets and how the 49ers could knock off both New Mexico and Louisville to reach the second weekend of play.

Long Beach State 49ers at New Mexico Lobos - Preview, Picks, Stats - CBSSports.com Pregame
A comparison of the Lobos and 49ers on offense, defense and overall talent. A few of their experts also make their picks for the game.

The game between UNM and LBSU is set for 4:10 ET on Thursday afternoon. Tipoff will be coming from Portland, Oregon.

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Long Beach State Offers Must-See Second Round Matchup

The Long Beach St. 49ers are preparing for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Although they're only a No. 12 seed, they have a decent shot at making some noise in March Madness.

SB Nation basketball editor Mike Rutherford offers five points of analysis regarding the bracket announcements. He runs down the can't-miss matchups of the second round and singles out Long Beach's first game as a must see.

2. 5) New Mexico Lobos vs. 12) Long Beach State (West)

The Beach doesn’t have an answer for Drew Gordon inside, but it’s going to be equally difficult for the Lobos to slow Casper Ware and company.

Click through to the article for a full look at his early analysis. It's very insightful and well worth the read.

You can click here for a full, printable 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 TV Times, Schedule: Long Beach State Meets New Mexico Thursday Around 1:10 PM PT On TBS

The Long Beach St. 49ers don't have that much of a difficult road to get to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament if they play their cards right. LBSU drew the golden 12th seed, a great place for an underdog to be if they want to try and grab upsets and move to the second weekend.

Here's the schedule for the upcoming event, with TV times, matchups, locations, and announcers.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15

Morning/early afternoon session

Murray State vs. Colorado State, 9:15 AM PT, CBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Kansas State vs. Southern Miss, 9:40 AM PT, truTV (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

Louisville vs. Davidson, 10:40 AM PT, TBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Wisconsin vs. Montana, 11:10 AM PT, TNT (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Marquette vs. BYU/Iona, 30 minutes after conclusion of Murray St/Colorado St, CBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Syracuse vs. UNC Asheville, 30 minutes after conclusion of Kansas St/Southern Miss, truTV (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

New Mexico vs. Long Beach St., 30 minutes
after conclusion of Louisville/Davidson, TBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Vanderbilt vs. Harvard, 30 minutes after conclusion of Wisconsin/Montana, TNT (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Late afternoon/evening games

Kentucky vs. Mississippi Valley State/Western Kentucky, 3:50 PM PT, TBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Wichita State vs. VCU, 4:15 PM PT, CBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Gonzaga vs. West Virginia, 4:20 PM PT, TNT (Pittsburgh)

Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

Baylor vs. South Dakota State, 4:27 PM PT, truTV (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Iowa State vs. Connecticut, 30 minutes after conclusion of Kentucky/MVS-WKU winner, TBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Indiana vs. New Mexico State,
30 minutes after conclusion of Wichita St/VCU, CBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Ohio State vs. Loyola Maryland, 30 minutes
after conclusion of Gonzaga/West Virginia, TNT (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

UNLV vs. Colorado, 30 minutes after conc. of Baylor/South Dakota State, truTV (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)


FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Morning/early afternoon session


Cincinnati vs. Texas,
9:15 AM PT, CBS (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

San Diego St. vs. NC State, 9:40 AM PT, truTV (Columbus)
Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

Creighton vs. Alabama, 10:40 AM, TBS (Greensboro)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Florida vs. Virginia, 11:10 AM, TNT (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)

Florida State vs. St. Bonaventure,
30 minutes after conc. of Cincinnati/Texas, CBS (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

Georgetown vs. Belmont, 30 minutes after conclusion of San Diego St./NC State, truTV (Columbus)
Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

North Carolina vs. Lamar/Vermont, 30 minutes after conclusion of Creighton/Alabama, TBS (Greensboro)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Missouri vs. Norfolk St., 30 minutes after conclusion of Florida/Virginia, TNT (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)

Late afternoon/evening session.

Memphis vs. Saint Louis, 3:50 PM PT, TBS (Columbus)
Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

Duke vs. Lehigh, 4:15 PM PT, CBS (Greensboro)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Michigan vs. Ohio,
4:20 PM PT, TNT (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)


St. Mary’s (CA) vs. Purdue,
4:27 PM PT, truTV (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)


Michigan State vs. LIU Brooklyn, 30 minutes after conclusion of Memphis/St. Louis, TBS (Columbus)

Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

Notre Dame vs. Xavier, 30 minutes after conclusion of Duke/Lehigh, CBS (Greensboro)

Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Temple vs. California/South Florida, 30 minutes after conclusion of Michigan/Ohio, TNT (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)


Kansas vs. Detroit, 30 minutes after conclusion of St. Mary's/Purdue, truTV (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)

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NCAA Tournament 2012: First Four TV Schedule

The Long Beach St. 49ers are headed to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Before play begins in earnest, the first round will be for the First Four: the first four teams to advance to the round of 64, and the first four teams to be sent home. You can find the TV Schedule right here.

The First Four will air on truTV beginning on Tuesday in Dayton, OH.

- Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Miss Valley St Delta Devils - Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. PT, truTV

- Iona Gaels vs. BYU Cougars - Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. PT, truTV

- Vermont Catamounts vs. Lamar Cardinals - Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. PT, truTV

- South Florida Bulls vs. California Golden Bears - Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. PT, truTV

You can click here for a full, printable 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Long Beach State To Battle New Mexico In First Round

The Long Beach State 49ers will open their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance as a No. 12 seed in the West Region Thursday in Portland. The opponent for the 49ers will be the New Mexico Lobos, hailing from the MWC, and the two teams will tangle in what figures to be one of the most competitive matchups in the first round. Here is a first look at the first foe for Long Beach State.

Team: New Mexico

Record: 27-6, 10-4 in conference

Conference: Mountain West Conference

RPI: 27th, 6-3 in the RPI Top 50, 9-4 against the RPI Top 100

Ken Pomeroy Rank: 13th

Jeff Sagarin Computer Rating: 16th

Long Beach State will be an underdog, but that is nothing new for the 49ers, who had arguably the toughest non-conference schedule in the country. They played five teams ranked in the Associated Press top 14 at the time of the game, with wins over then No. 9 Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh and then No. 14 Xavier in the Diamond Head Classic Tournament in Hawaii. Long Beach State also had road losses at Louisville, North Carolina, and Kentucky.

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2012 NCAA Printable Bracket: Track Long Beach State's March Madness Run

Long Beach State is a dangerous No. 12 seed, but how far can they go in March Madness? Be sure to track the 49ers' run with SB Nation's printable NCAA bracket. You can find the printable bracket for the 2012 NCAA Tournament right here.

If you're looking for more NCAA Tournament resources, the bracket has links to team blogs corresponding to the lucky 68 who made the field. You'll find all sorts of expert analysis, commentary and communities full of discussion to help you gain that extra advantage when picking your bracket.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Long Beach State Is No. 12 Seed, Will Face No. 5 New Mexico On Thursday

Long Beach State earned a number 12 seed seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and will face No. 5 New Mexico in its first game.

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Bracketology 2012: Long Beach State Drops To No. 12 Seed In Latest Bracket

Our very own Chris Dobbertean has been working his fingers to the bone on the latest and most updated version of SB Nation's bracketology predictions, and the Long Beach State 49ers have slipped a spot in the seeding since our last bracket.

Last we saw of them the 49ers were sitting in the 11th slot in the West division of the bracket, but has been bumped down to the spot no No. 12 while New Mexico and Xavier both are making moves up the seeding moving to 5th and 9th respectfully. UCLA and USC, as most of you are already aware, will not be making the big dance this year, leaving their glass slippers in storage.

You can see where the 49ers end up during Selection Sunday, televised at 3 p.m. PT this afternoon on the CBS network.

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Bracketology 2012: Long Beach State Sits At No. 11 Seed In ESPN's Latest Prediction

Selection Sunday officially tips off on CBS this evening at 3 p.m. (PT), which means college hoops fans across the country only need to wait for a few hours before they learn whether or not their favorite college basketball team will be participating in all the madness that March has to offer. There are fans out there that are lucky enough to know with a certainty if their favorite team will make it or not, but there are a lot of bubble team fans as well.

It would appear that UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans fans can skip Selection Sunday as neither team is likely to make it in, but the Long Beach State 49ers are currently predicted by ESPN's Joe Lunardi to be a No. 11 seed.

The Bruins finished the 2012 season with a 19-14 record (11-7 Pac-12) and were knocked out of the conference tournament in the quarterfinals by the Arizona Wildcats. They currently have an RPI of 125. The Trojans finished with a record of 6-26 record (1-17 Pac-12) and were knocked out of the tournament in the first round by UCLA. They have an RPI of 270.

The Long Beach State 49ers look to be the Los Angeles area's only representative in the big dance. They finished the season with a 28-4 record (15-1 Big West) and have an RPI of 37.

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Bracketology 2012: Long Beach State Playing For Conference Title, No. 10 Seed At NCAA Tournament

The Long Beach St. 49ers are one of the better stories in the country heading into March Madness. While most around the country are unfamiliar with the 49ers, they played a monster non-conference schedule to begin the year and dominated the Big West during conference play. Led by star guard Casper Wear, LBSU could make a serious run at the 2012 NCAA Tournament with the right matchups.

Their chances at an at-large bid is likely out of the question, but should they take Big West automatic bid, the latest bracket update from SB Nation sees the 49ers as a No. 10 seed. This is the highest seeding they have been projected for in week, with most seeing the team in the 11-12 range. They would face the Florida Gators in the first round, and would likely see the Michigan St. Spartans in the second round for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16.

Lunardi had LBSU as an 11 seed in his latest update on Friday.

The Big West Championship Game is set for 7 p.m. PT on Saturday night.

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Bracketology 2012: ESPN's Joe Lunardi Projects Long Beach State A No. 11 Seed

The Long Beach State 49ers are looking to make their first NCAA Tournament in five years. But the best team in the Big West Conference just might have to win its conference tournament in order to do so. The 49ers won 22 games, went 15-1 in the Big West, and had arguably the toughest non-conference schedule in the country, facing five teams ranked in the top 14.

But in the latest edition of bracketology by Joe Lunardi at ESPN, Long Beach State is projected as an 11 seed in the South Region, playing Notre Dame in the first round in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a possible matchup with No. 3 seed Baylor in the second round.

Generally the 11 or 12 seeds are the lowest of the at large bids, so that the 49ers are projected there means they have little room for error in the Big West Tournament. If they lose the tournament final, as they have for each of the last two seasons to UCSB, would that be enough for Long Beach State to get an at-large berth? It might be enough, but it's probably best for the 49ers to win the Big West Tournament just to be safe.

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Bracketology 2012: Long Beach State A Projected No. 11 Seed In East Region, Playing Wichita State

The Long Beach State 49ers open The Big West Tournament on Thursday evening at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The 49ers are the top seed in the tournament and have had a fine season with 22 wins and the toughest non-conference schedule in the country. But the question remains, does Long Beach State need to win the Big West Tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament?

The 49ers are predicted to be an 11 seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament in the latest bracket projection by Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation. He has Long Beach State playing No. 6 seed Wichita State in the first round in Nashville, with a possible second-round matchup with No. 3 seed Michigan looming.

That Long Beach State has that No. 11 seed in the projection suggests they might not get in to the NCAA Tournament without an automatic berth. The 49ers have lost the conference tournament final to UC Santa Barbara in each of the last two seasons.

The 49ers will likely be without guard Larry Anderson for the Big West Tournament. The Big West Defensive Player of the Year sprained his right knee in Saturday's loss at Cal State Fullerton and is listed as doubtful for playing any games in Anaheim this weekend. Long Beach State hopes to have Anderson back for the NCAA Tournament. The only question is, will they be playing in it?

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Bracketology 2012: Long Beach State 49ers Holding Strong As 11 Seed

The Long Beach State 49ers may not be a program that most of the nation is familiar with as far as March Madness goes, but make no mistake about this: this group of veteran players have the talent to make a serious run in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. While LBSU will likely have to win the Big West Conference Tournament if they hope to go dancing in March.

The latest Bracketology update from Joe Lunardi of ESPN has the 49ers earning the automatic big from the conference and being an 11 seed in the South Region. They would be matched up with six-seed Notre Dame, and a win would give LBSU a showdown with Baylor for a chance to go to the Sweet 16.

Again, it is tough to see Long Beach St. make the field of 68 should they make an early exit at the Big West Tournament, but they will be heavily favored and should come out as the victors.

Selection Sunday is set for March 11 at 3 p.m. PT.

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Bracketology 2012: Long Beach State A Projected 11 Seed In NCAA Tournament

The Long Beach State 49ers came within one game of completing an undefeated regular season in the Big West Conference, losing their final conference game on Saturday at Cal State Fullerton. But the 49ers still have the top seed in the Big West Tournament, which begins Thursday at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Whether or not they need to win the conference tournament to make the NCAA Tournament remains to be seen.

Long Beach State is projected by bracket expert Chris Dobbertean at SB Nation to be an 11 seed in the East Region in his latest bracket prediction, which is changing by the day due to various conference tournaments this week. Long Beach State is projected to play No. 6 seed Wichita State in the first round in Nashville, Tennessee, with a potential matchup with No. 3 seed Michigan in the second round.

The Pac-12 Conference is projected to have just two teams make the field, with regular season champ Washington an 11 seed and California a 10 seed. The Oregon Ducks are among Dobbertean's second four out.

Saint Mary's captured the West Coast Conference automatic berth by winning the WCC tournament Monday night in an overtime thriller over Gonzaga, and both teams are projected by Dobbertean as No. 6 seeds in the tournament. Selection Sunday is just five days away.

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Bracketology 2012: Long Beach St. Is No. 11 Seed In Eastern Region, Pac-12 With Only Two Bids

The Long Beach St. 49ers are the no. 11 seed in the Eastern Region in SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean's latest Bracketology. Dobbertean has the 49ers facing Notre Dame in the first round with Michigan possibly awaiting them as the no. 3 seed in the second round.

Dobbertean also had this to say about the current state of the Pac-12 heading into tournament selection.

"The Pac-12 is rapidly moving toward one or two-bid status, thanks to losses by Arizona, California and Washington over the weekend. The Huskies are in this projection since they're the top seed at this week's conference tournament in Los Angeles. So is California, as they have the best at-large profile of the conference's four marginal contenders. Since I don't see the Pac-12 getting three bids, I dropped Oregon out for the moment, even though the Ducks won twice this week."

Dobbertean has Cal as the no. 10 seed, also in the Eastern Region with Creighton as its first round matchup and no.2 seed Duke possibly as a second round matchup.

The Oregon Ducks are one of the last four teams out while the Arizona Wildcats are in the next four out.

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Bracketology 2012: Could Long Beach State Play Cinderella?

Every year a few under-the-radar schools steal the spotlight from the blue bloods of college hoops when they make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, wrecking brackets all across the country. Last season it was schools like VCU and Butler that did it; this season, fans may need to look no further than the Long Beach St. 49ers to find their Cinderella team of 2012.

A balanced team that is capable of scoring points in a hurry, the 49ers tested themselves early in the season and dominated the Big West in conference play. While the team will likely need to win the conference championship in order to secure their seeding at March Madness, most have LBSU projected for a decent spot in the field of 68.

The latest update from SB Nation projects an 11-seed for the 49ers, with a first round matchup against Notre Dame. Should they win their first round game, they would likely face the Michigan Wolverines for a chance to go to the Sweet 16. Neither of those games would be easy, but they would both certainly be winnable.

As for now, all Long Beach St. can do is play their absolute best at the Big West Tournament. A loss would put their postseason hopes in serious jeopardy.

As for the other Los Angeles schools, UCLA or USC would need to win the Pac-12 Tournament to have any shot at a bid.

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Bracketology 2012: Long Beach State Projected For Middle Seed, Could Be Cinderella Team In 2012

The Long Beach St. 49ers could be a very dangerous team should they reach the NCAA Tournament in 2012. They know how to score the basketball, have gone up against top-tier talent and feature a roster filled with experienced players. While they would sit right on the bubble should they not win their conference tournament, the latest Bracketology update from Joe Lunardi has the 49ers winning the Big West and earning an 11 seed.

Lunardi has LBSU facing Temple in the first round in Pittsburgh. Should the team win, they'd potentially face Georgetown in the second round with a chance to go to the Sweet 16. If one was looking for a Cinderella squad to wreck havoc on the bracket, the 49ers could definitely be that team should the bigger schools overlook them. This team can play and knows they're capable of a deep tournament run.

As for the other schools in Los Angeles, the only chance the UCLA Bruins or USC Trojans have of going dancing in 2012 is to win the Pac-12 Tournament. The Bruins could potentially do it with some help and a little bit of luck, but the Trojans would likely settle for an opening round win at this point.

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2012 NCAA Bracketology: Long Beach State On The Bubble As No. 12 Seed

March is drawing near which means the madness is right around the corner. Not every team will be participating in the NCAA basketball tournament, though. According to SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean's latest analysis on which teams will make it in and which teams will be shut out, the Long Beach State 49ers will be one of the teams that will extend their season by making it into the tournament as a No. 12 seed, but that they're on the bubble and things could go either way right now.

For starters, Harvard faces a significant Ivy homestand (more on that later), while Long Beach State looks to stay perfect in Big West play when UC Riverside comes calling. Among the contenders from multi-bid conferences, Cincinnati, Purdue, and Washington can all grab huge road wins, while Alabama, Arizona, and Seton Hall face tricky challenges on their home floors. Meanwhile, UConn will look to be rude hosts when No. 1 overall seed Syracuse visits. I'll have more specifics on all of these games at the end of the post.

The 49ers have won 13 of their last 14 games and play tonight at home against UC Riverside. All in all, they have four games left and they will need to likely win at least three of those games to make it into the tournament in March.

For a look at Dobbertean's entire bracketology analysis, go here.

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Bracketology 2012: Long Beach State Is Secure For Now, ESPN Adds Arizona

Let's take a look at two different viewpoints of Bracketology 101 - ESPN and SB Nation.

For SB Nation, the Long Beach St. 49ers are the no. 12 seed in the Eastern Region and the only two teams from the Pac 12 to make the field are the California Golden Bears (no. 8 in the East) and Washington Huskies (no. 10 in the Midwest).

The 49ers would have to upset a talented UNLV team while Cal deals with BYU and Washington plays Virginia.

For ESPN, Joe Lunardi has the 49ers as the no. 11 seed in the East facing Notre Dame while Cal is in the Midwest region as a no. 9 seed facing Southern Miss. Washington is the no. 11 seed in the same region, facing New Mexico.

The biggest difference is the inclusion of the Arizona Wildcats as the third Pac 12 team to make the tourney. Lunardi has the Wildcats as the no. 12 seed in the West, facing UNLV.

In a tournament that's all about matchups, where these teams land will determine how far they go.

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Bracketology 2012: Joe Lunardi Has Long Beach State A No. 11 Seed

The Long Beach St. 49ers remain on track for an NCAA tournament bid, staying undefeated in the Big West Conference, going 12-0 overall. While they haven't really faced (and won't face) a marquee opponent in their conference, winning can't hurt their seeding.

Joe Lunardi of ESPN released his latest bracketology, and Long Beach State goes as an 11th seed. Long Beach State is matched up with the sixth-seeded Florida St. Seminoles, and if they somehow pull off the upset there would play either Marquette or Davidson.

A tough test awaits Long Beach State later this week when they play Creighton in a Bracket Busters matchup. LBSU is not expected to win this one, so an upset here would go a long way toward putting them in the driver's seat for a potential at-large bid if they foul up their tournament. LBSU probably can't feel comfortable until they win their tournament though.

Look at Lunardi's entire bracketology by clicking here.

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Bracketology 2012: Long Beach State Is The No. 12 Seed In The West Region

In SB Nation's recent bracketology, Long Beach State is the no. 12 seed in the West Region set to play Wichita State in the first round of the tournament. There is always a 5-12 upset somewhere in the tourney and a lot of times when teams used to doing the upsetting - like Wichita State - finally move up in the seedings, they get knocked out early. The 49ers would relish the opportunity to keep up the trend.

Meanwhile, Pac-12 representatives California and Arizona both made the tournament as well with Cal as the no. 9 seed in the West Region and the Wildcats as the possible no. 12 seed in the South. As currently situated, the Wildcats would need to beat N.C. State in the First Four games in order to play their way in.

Loyola Marymount will hosts Midwest Region no. 5 seed St. Mary's on Wednesday night.

But of course, that's all according to bracketology. Stay tuned for updates.

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Bracketology 2012: Joe Lunardi Of ESPN Projects Long Beach State A No. 13 Seed, Two Teams Each From Pac-12, West Coast Conference

The Long Beach State 49ers are playing like a team poised for their first NCAA Tournament appearance in five years. Long Beach State (16-6, 9-0) is undefeated in the Big West Conference, and has played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country. The 49ers are projected by Joe Lunardi of ESPN to be a No. 13 seed in his latest edition of bracketology.

Lunardi has the 49ers playing the No. 4 seed Michigan Wolverwines in the Midwest region, in a pod to be plated in Portland. Also in that pod is the No. 5 seed Saint Mary's Gaels, one of two West Coast Conference teams projected to be tournament teams, along with the Gonzaga Bulldogs, a No. 6 seed in the West region.

The Pac-12 is having its worst college basketball season in recent memory, and as such are projected to have just two teams make the tournament, which would have been unthinkable before the season. Both 7-2 teams are projected by Lunardi to make the 68-team field, with the California Bears a No. 9 seed in the Midwest and the Washington Huskies in a play-in game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for a No. 12 seed in the West region.

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NCAA Bracketology 2012: Long Beach State A No. 13 Seed In East Region

The Long Beach State 49ers continued their undefeated run through the regular season of the Big West Conference last week, though they did receive a road scare against the UC Riverside Highlanders. Long Beach State needed overtime to dispatch UCR, and did so with the help of Casper Ware's 11 points in the extra period. The 49ers were dropped a seed in the latest edition of Bracketology on SB Nation, with Chris Dobbertean predicting a No. 13 seed for Long Beach State.

The 49ers were a No. 12 seed in last week's rankings. Dobbertean has Long beach State in the East region, playing an opening round game against the No. 4 seed Vanderbilt Commodores, in the same pod in Portland as the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines and No. 12 Harvard Crimson.

What the low seed suggests is that Long Beach State (16-6, 9-0) needs to win the Big West Conference tournament to gain entry into the NCAA Tournament. The 49ers have lost to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in the Big West final in each of the last two seasons.

However, the resume for Long Beach State is strong, with an RPI of 34 and one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country. The 49ers beat then-No. 9 Pittsburgh on the road and beat then-No. 14 Xavier in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii. Long Beach State also lost road contests at Kansas, North Carolina, and Louisville, all ranked in the top 15 at the time.

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Bracketology 2012: Long Beach State Now A No. 13 Seed, According To Joe Lunardi

Los Angeles is still looking like they'll have one representative in the NCAA Tournament, and no, it's not the UCLA Bruins or the USC Trojans. The Long Beach St. 49ers have started their season with a 14-6 record and won their first seven games on the Big West, making them the prohibitive favorites to capture their conference's bid.

Joe Lunardi has the 49ers in a great position, as a 13th seed in Portland to face 4th seeded Michigan in the South Bracket.

Long Beach State just has to hope they don't get upset in the Big West Tournament, as their hold on a tournament bid is entirely dependent on winning those games in March in a single-elimination tourney. LBSU has generally been dominant in their contests against their conference foes, only being seriously tested by Cal Poly. Can they stay on the right road as they keep moving toward the tournament?

For more on Lunardi's bracketology, click here.

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