Oct. 20, 2011
Irvine, Calif. - Past performances and experience obviously were at the top of the list of criteria when prognosticators made their predictions of how the 2012 Big West Conference men's basketball standings will look in March.
Defending regular season champion Long Beach State, with four starters returning, got the nod to defend its title over UC Santa Barbara, which also returns most of its starting lineup that beat the 49ers in the title game of last year's Big West Tournament.
And the projected all-conference team looks a lot like last year's post-season team with three 49ers, two Gauchos and Cal Poly's David Hanson.
Cal State Fullerton, with three Div. I transfers joining six returning lettermen, was projected for fourth place, a notch behind Cal Poly. Following in order from fifth place are UC Riverside, Pacific, UC Davis, Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine, which has the youngest roster in the nation at the Div. I level.
Fullerton's team will be on display for the first time Saturday at the annual Blue-White Scrimmage at 11 a.m. in Titan Gym. There is no admission charge but there is a \$25 tab to stay and have lunch with the players and coaches.