Long Beach State is 4-5, but Dan Monson's squad is the nation's best sub-.500 team.
The 49ers, who upset Pittsburgh, have lost to San Diego State, Louisville, Kansas and UNC. However, unlike most mid-majors, Long Beach kept the perennial juggernauts' backs against the wall.
Casper Ware and Co. forced overtime at San Diego State—one of the most raucous environments in college hoops—and while they lost to Louisville by 13 points, they cut a 15-point second half deficit to five with under seven minutes to play.
Against Kansas, Long Beach trailed by double-digits in the second half but cut the lead several times. Kansas consistently responded but Long Beach refused to quit, trimming the deficit to five with three minutes left before losing by eight.
After leading UNC 45-40 at halftime, the 49ers entered "danger zone" as the Tar Heels took a 72-61 lead with under nine minutes to play. Instead of rolling over, like many mid-majors would, the 49ers cut the deficit to six and remained in the game until the final minute.
These 49ers never quit, and you can bet that they've gained a tremendous amount of confidence from these games.
They'll be an absolutely terrifying 13-seed.