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Mid-Major Report: Why the surprise?

Originally Published: November 17, 2011
By Myron Medcalf | ESPN.com

Most mid-majors seeking at-large consideration -- and hoping to avoid a must-win situation in their respective conference tournaments -- schedule tough nonconference slates. That philosophy has encouraged Long Beach State coach Dan Monson to assemble one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country for the past two seasons.

Monson, who resigned from his post at Minnesota in 2006 after seven seasons there following a stint at Gonzaga, missed the past two NCAA tournaments by losing ...

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