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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