Long Beach St. looks to sweep Cal Poly
Cal Poly (6-20, 2-11) vs. Long Beach State (12-18, 6-8)
The Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, California; Saturday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Cal Poly seeks revenge on Long Beach State after dropping the first matchup in San Luis Obispo. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 9, when the 49ers outshot Cal Poly 41.2 percent to 34.7 percent and made 17 more free throws on the way to the 76-68 victory.
VETERAN PRESENCE: Senior leadership could play a big role in the outcome of this game. Deishuan Booker, Temidayo Yussuf, KJ Byers, Bryan Alberts and Mason Riggins have collectively accounted for 68 percent of Long Beach State’s scoring this season and 49 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Cal Poly, Donovan Fields, Marcellus Garrick and Kuba Niziol have combined to score 51 percent of the team’s points this season, including 62 percent of all Mustangs points over their last five.
DOMINANT DONOVAN: Fields has connected on 29.8 percent of the 121 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 12 over his last three games. He’s also made 79.5 percent of his free throws this season.
WINLESS WHEN: Cal Poly is 0-15 when scoring fewer than 67 points and 6-5 when scoring at least 67.
COLD SPELL: Cal Poly has lost its last four road games, scoring 60.3 points, while allowing 79.5 per game.
FREQUENTLY FOULED: Long Beach State has attempted the 15th-most free throws in the nation at 24.3 per game. Cal Poly has gotten to the line far less frequently and is averaging only 14.3 foul shots per game (ranked 283rd).