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.