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Cal Poly big man Chris Eversley averaged 15.4 points and 7.0 rebounds last year.
Long Beach State has dominated the Big West regular season the last three years, winning three straight conference titles.
Last year was at least close with Pacific and Cal Poly finishing one game back. If the run of conference titles is going to end, this could be the year and Cal Poly could be the team to do it. (Pacific has left for the West Coast Conference.)
The Mustangs split last year with the 49ers, and the loss was only by two on the road. They return four of their five leading scorers, including leading scorer Chris Eversley.
Long Beach State, meanwhile, had a lot of turnover this offseason. In addition to graduating two starters, the 49ers had five players transfer, including three guys who were a regular part of their rotation.
Don Monson has had success with junior college transfers, and he added five Juco guys. The 49ers also will have former UCLA wing Tyler Lamb at the beginning of second semester, and all-conference guard Mike Caffey is back.
That's probably enough to make Long Beach State the favorite, yet all that turnover could make Monson's club vulnerable.