After years of big-name matchups and high-profile nonconference games, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the Long Beach State men’s basketball team has another loaded nonconference schedule.
Among the 49ers’ opponents for the 2013-14 season are five teams that made the NCAA tournament. The Beach will likely face even more tournament mainstays at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in late November.
“I like the Puerto Rico tournament because not only do you play the top teams, you play them at a neutral site,” head coach Dan Monson said. “We’ve had some of our biggest wins in those tournaments.”
Those in the field at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off include Michigan, Georgetown, Virginia Commonwealth and Kansas State. The matchups have not yet been announced.
Kansas State is also one of LBSU’s nonconference opponents. The Beach will play travel to Manhattan, Kan. to face the Wildcats one weekend after playing Arizona on the road. Other notable road games include contests at Missouri and North Carolina State.
LBSU will also host a couple big games. The ‘Niners will play mid-major powerhouse Creighton and face Andy Enfield’s Southern California at the Walter Pyramid.
“To have a Pac-12 team coming into the Pyramid is big for our program,” Monson said.
The 49ers will begin their season Nov. 9 with a homecoming game against Hawaii-Pacific.
Nov. 9 vs. Hawaii Pacific
Nov. 11 at Arizona
Nov. 14 vs. Loyola Marymount
Nov. 17 at Kansas State
Nov. 20-24 Puerto Rico Tip-Off
Nov. 30 at Washington
Dec. 3 vs. Creighton
Dec. 7 at North Carolina State
Dec. 19 vs. USC
Dec. 21 vs. Montana State Billings
Dec. 28 at Nevada
Jan. 4 at Missouri