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March 16, 2007 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Long Beach State and Tennessee are playing basketball here today in the first round of the South Regional at Nationwide Arena, but they are expecting a track meet. So are oddsmakers, who have placed the over/under line -- the total number of points expected in the game -- at 170. That's 16 points higher than any other first-round game this year. The 35-second clock has no place in this game, which pits teams that aren't afraid to shoot -- quickly. Tennessee is averaging 79.
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SPORTS
March 15, 2007 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Long Beach State has come a long way to make to the NCAA tournament, emerging from the depths of consecutive seasons in 2002-03 and 2003-04 when the 49ers went a combined 11-43 to a 24-7 record this season. Nobody knows better than Louis Darby, a fifth-year senior who has been through it all. Darby, a reserve forward, just shakes his head and smiles when he thinks about going to Columbus, Ohio, to face Tennessee in the first round Friday.
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March 14, 2007 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Long Beach State's appearance in the NCAA tournament will not have any bearing on whether Coach Larry Reynolds gets a contract extension, 49ers Athletic Director Vic Cegles said Tuesday. "As I have said from day one, we are going to evaluate the entire program at the end of the season," Cegles said. "That hasn't changed." Reynolds is in the final year of a five-year contract. The 49ers were 11-43 in his first two seasons but have gone 42-19 the last two seasons.
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March 13, 2007 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Long Beach State is heading to Columbus, Ohio, for its first-round game against Tennessee in the NCAA tournament, and that means Aaron Nixon might need a new cellphone battery. That's because Nixon, a senior guard, grew up in Cleveland, about two hours away, and attended Columbus State Community College as a freshman. And ever since the brackets were announced Sunday, his phone has been ringing off the hook with ticket requests. "Honestly, I think I got about 100 already," Nixon said.
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March 12, 2007 | Peter Yoon
Kejuan Johnson, like the rest of Long Beach State's basketball players, is headed to the NCAA tournament for the first time. But if Johnson needs advice on how to handle the bright lights of the big time, at least he can turn to someone close. Johnson's uncle is Lucious Harris, a Long Beach State alumnus who led the team to the 1993 NCAA tournament, scoring 27 points as No. 11-seeded Long Beach State lost to No. 6 Illinois, 75-72.
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March 12, 2007 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
It's a time for celebration at Long Beach State, where the 49ers are preparing for a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1995. But it's also a time for contemplation about life without Coach Larry Reynolds. Reynolds is in the final year of a five-year contract and has yet to receive an extension offer, and there is no sign that one is immediately forthcoming.
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February 8, 2007 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Suspended Long Beach State basketball players Kejuan Johnson and Mark Dawson will be reinstated for the 49ers' game against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Athletic Director Vic Cegles said Wednesday. The players, along with associate head coach Reggie Howard, sat out two games while the NCAA investigated possible eligibility infractions. They will also sit out tonight's game at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
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February 2, 2007 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Long Beach State basketball players Kejuan Johnson and Mark Dawson have been suspended indefinitely pending an NCAA investigation into their eligibility, Athletic Director Vic Cegles announced Thursday. Also suspended was associate head coach Reggie Howard, the recruiting coordinator.
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