My three keys for Wyoming’s game today at Air Force, which starts at noon MT and will be televised on Root Sports.
1. Come together: The news Friday morning rocked everyone who follows UW basketball when the school announced that senior forward Larry Nance Jr. has a mild
Larry Nance Jr.
case of mononucleosis. Not sure what “mild” means, but he is listed as day-to-day. I will be surprised if he plays, and many remember what happened when Nance hurt his knee last year. But it’s way too early to hit the panic button with this. Yes, it’s not good or ideal, but if Nance misses a game or two, fine — as long as he gets better. A silver lining in all this is UW has a lot of players that has been through this kind of adversity, and it needs to feed off that with guys like senior guards Riley Grabau and Charles Hankerson Jr., senior forward Derek Cooke Jr. and junior guard Josh Adams. The Cowboys need to come together as a team, and has the make-up to do so.
WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Brent Briggeman, who covers Air Force men’s basketball for The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., about Tuesday’s game with the University of Wyoming at 7:05 p.m. at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.
Follow on Twitter: @BrentBriggeman
Are you surprised where Air Force is at this point of the season at 10-15 overall and 4-10 in the Mountain West?
If you’d asked me in October, this record would have been surprisingly good. Given what this team had lost in personnel from last year and with what seemed like a lack of playmakers, I wouldn’t have guessed they would have won four conference games at this point. However, when you saw the strides the team had made into early January and the fact that it started 2-0 in the Mountain West, that 4-10 mark has to be seen as a disappointment.
What have been some of the weaknesses of this team, and what has it done well when things are clicking?
Shooting has been a struggle, particularly lately. When two or three shooters are on from the outside at the same time — generally Tre’ Coggins, Max Yon and Marek Olesinski — this becomes a very good team, because the back-door cuts are more effective. Yon and Kamryn Williams can find lanes to the basket and teams can’t just pack it in and control the inside. However, in most of the recent games only one — or sometimes none — of those shooters have found a rhythm and everything has suffered as a result.
WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Brent Briggeman, who covers Air Force men’s basketball for The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., about Wednesday’s game with the University of Wyoming at the Air Force Academy. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
Follow on Twitter: @BrentBrigeman
Air Force’s roster turned over quite a bit from last season, but the team has played solid at 9-8 overall and 3-3 in the Mountain West. Who has stepped up their game or role the most so far?
Tre’ Coggins is the obvious answer, as he has turned into something of a revelation as a scorer at the point guard position. But Kamryn Williams has been the biggest difference maker. Wyoming saw the best game of his career last season (25 and 10), so it’s probably not as shocking for the Cowboys’ fan base, but Williams ability to rebound, disrupt shots and defend has helped Air Force compete in ways that it could not last year.