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Long Beach State always challenges themselves during the nonconference, and even though it hurts their overall record, it almost always helps this group get prepared for action come conference play. LBSU picked up a nice win in their last outing taking down Stanford at home by a final of 76-68 and the 49ers will try to carry that momentum over into this manageable road matchup. LBSU has shown they can get the job done on the road as shown in their double digit win at San Francisco.
Southern Utah has been one of the worst teams in college basketball over the past few years, but the Thunderbirds have shown more signs of life this season standing 4-3 overall against a up and down slate. In their tougher matchups Southern Utah has folded in defeats at Oregon State, Boise State, and UNLV, with their wins coming against lower tier competition. The Thunderbirds will be more of a threat in the Big Sky this season, but this group still has a long way to go before they’ll be serious threats in their league.
This is one of the more manageable contests for LBSU during the nonconference and a chance to show the growth they’ve had up to this point in the regular season. We like Long Beach State to rally off the momentum of their win against Stanford as they go on to take care of business today against Southern Utah.
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