Long Beach State at No. 4 Kansas
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence
TV/RADIO: Spectrum Sports Channel; KCSP (610 AM)
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P No. Long Beach State Ht. Yr. PPG
F 0 Gabe Levin 6-7 Jr. 13.0
F 4 Temidayo Yussuf 6-7 So. 6.1
G 3 Noah Blackwell 6-2 So. 5.8
G 11 Jordan Griffin 6-3 Fr. 7.1
G 21 Justin Bibbins 5-8 Jr. 8.3
P No. Kansas Ht. Yr. PPG
F 35 Udoka Azubuike 7-0 Fr. 4.5
G 2 Lagerald Vick 6-5 Soph. 8.7
G 0 Frank Mason 5-11 Sr. 21.5
G 4 Devonté Graham 6-2 Jr. 13.0
G 11 Josh Jackson 6-8 Fr. 14.3
ABOUT LONG BEACH STATE (1-7): The 49ers have dropped seven straight games away from home following their 95-59 season-opening win over Cal State Los Angeles. Long Beach State has lost at Wichita State (92-55), North Carolina (93-67), Louisville (88-56), UCLA (114-77) and Washington (94-88). Long Beach State dropped a pair of mainland games in the Battle4Atlantis tournament on Thursday and Friday, falling to Binghamton (72-64) and Florida Gulf Coast (68-67, OT) in Fort Myers, Fla. During the nonconference season, the 49ers will travel more than 23,000 miles. The 49ers were picked to win the Big West Conference in the preseason media poll. They received 19 of 23 first-place votes to finish ahead of UC Irvine, CSUN, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, Hawaii and Cal Poly. Returning starters Justin Bibbins and Gabe Levin were selected to the seven-player preseason all-Big West team. Bibbins’ 164 assists last season were the third-most in a single season at Long Beach. His 85.5 free-throw percentage was the second-best in a season in school history. Bibbins through eight games averages 8.3 points a game with 31 assists to 27 turnovers. Levin, who averaged 9.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a freshman, averages 13.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Coach Dan Monson, 156-147, has the most wins of any coach in Long Beach State history. He has more victories than former 49er coaches Jerry Tarkanian, Tex Winter, and Seth Greenberg. With 96 conference wins in nine seasons, Monson is four league wins away from becoming the seventh coach in Big West history to record 100 victories. Long Beach State has made the postseason in four out of the last six seasons. Monson has also been head coach at Gonzaga and Minnesota.
ABOUT KANSAS (5-1): The Jayhawks are coming off a strong performance against UNC Asheville on Friday in Allen Fieldhouse. KU hit 62.3 percent of its shots and 13 of 21 threes for 61.9 percent. KU had seven blocks to Asheville’s none; 28 assists to Asheville’s 10 and outrebounded Asheville 49-23. The Jayhawks are 3-1 versus Long Beach State. The 49ers beat KU 64-49 on Jan. 25, 1993, at Allen Fieldhouse. KU beat the 49ers 88-80 on Dec. 6, 2011, and 69-52 on Dec. 1, 1970, both at Allen. KU won at Long Beach 66-60 on Dec. 7, 1991. KU coach Bill Self is quickly approaching some impressive milestones. He has won 597 games against 189 losses overall in 24 seasons, just three wins from 600. He has won 390 games overall in 14 seasons as KU coach against 84 losses. Also, an Allen Fieldhouse milestone is approaching. KU has 746 wins in Allen (against 109 losses), just four from 750. The Jayhawks will play a 2:30 p.m. game Saturday against Stanford.