Casper Ware rises to the occasion

Long Beach State senior guard finally has his team in the NCAA tournament

Updated: March 14, 2012, 10:28 PM ET
By Pedro Moura | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

LONG BEACH -- Casper Ware's Long Beach State 49ers have played No. 9 Pittsburgh, No. 6 Louisville, No. 13 Kansas, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 15 Xavier this season. They went 2-3 in those games, and lost the three games by a combined 27 points.

In nonconference tussles over the last four years, Ware has matched up with John Wall, Jonny Flynn, Kendall Marshall and Jimmer Fredette, among others. He has also gone head-to-head with Tyreke Evans, DeMar DeRozan and James Harden in Los Angeles' ...

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