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Long Beach State’s tough non-league schedule pays off in win over Colorado State

In Big West, Mountain West by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Unnecessarily, the Big West Conference doesn’t get enough respect; however, the level of competition these teams see in non-conference play helps them push their competition level for conference play. The Long Beach State 49ers, in the Don Monson era,  have always scheduled tough non-league slates and Thursday evening’s 56-55 win over Colorado State, in a defensive slugfest showed how the …

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Marching to Madness Episode 33: Hawaii head coach Eran Ganot

In Big West, Podcast by Blake Lovell

Hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross head to the Big West Conference on this episode of Marching to Madness, as they welcome in Hawaii head coach Eran Ganot to the show. They discuss his success in year one on the job, the growth of the Big West Conference, and so much more. It’s yet another exciting episode of Marching to …

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Big West Tournament: Anteaters looking at “unfinished business”

In Big West by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Embed from Getty Images There are a number of small conferences that only receive one bid to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Few teams are just happy to continue their season, whereas others look to complete some “unfinished business”. Just ask UC Irvine who made their first ever tournament appearance last season. They narrowly missed …

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Highlanders looking to enter Big West fray

In Big West by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez The Big West is still known as a one-bid league where NCAA consideration is concerned, so no matter how strong the records are, the RPI usually places the conference’s two, three, and four teams in the CBI or the CollegeInsiders.com Tournaments in March. The only way in, even with being the best in the conference during the regular season, is …