The Long Beach State 49ers just didn’t have an answer against the sixth-ranked team in the country in the Arizona Wildcats. It pretty much became child’s play as the 49ers would get routed by the Wildcats 91-57.
As the 49ers trailed 31-13 with 4:09 left to go in the first half, you began to wonder if the team would even crack 40 points at the end of the game. But the 49ers cracked 40 points with before the nine-minute mark of the second half. Guard Mike Caffey had a nice game for the 49ers in their season opener with 27 points and nine rebounds, but started off the game with 1-of-8 shooting against the Wildcats. It isn’t a surprise that a limited team like the 49ers get blown out by a quality team when a key contributor fails to show up.
The 49ers’ defense failed consistently in the paint and on the perimeter as they always seemed to commit two defenders on any Wildcat player, and they would either pay for it by leaving a Wildcat player open for a 3-point jumper or an easy dunk.
The 49ers fell to 1-1 but as we look at things right now, they only play one more team ranked in the top 25 as they face the seventh-ranked team in the nation in the Michigan Wolverines on the November 21.
Whether or not the 49ers are contenders for a NCAA tournament bid in March of 2014 remains to be seen, but they still have plenty of opportunities to boost their resume against big-name schools this season as they face the Washington Huskies, USC Trojans, Kansas State Wildcats and the Missouri Tigers.