UW at Air Force men’s hoops Q&A

Here is my question-and-answer session with Brent Briggeman, who covers Air Force men’s basketball for The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colorado, about Tuesday’s game with the University of Wyoming.

Tip off is at 7 p.m. MT at Clune Arena at the Air Force Academy.

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What’s gone wrong for the Falcons now at 10-12 overall, 1-8 in the conference and losers of eight straight games? 

What hasn’t gone wrong, that would be a better question. First, the team hasn’t been able to complete athletically in the league. Nevada and UNLV simply overwhelmed them

Brent Briggeman

Brent Briggeman

physically. Fresno State clogged passing lanes with its length, forcing 17 turnovers and turning that into a 28-6 advantage in points off turnovers. Wyoming, New Mexico and San Jose State shot well. It’s been something different every game, though a consistent theme has been the Falcons’ shooting woes. Beyond that, Air Force has been playing with an injured point guard in Trevor Lyons (shooting hand).

 

Has this recent spiral surprised you, and are there signs or hopes that it will end? 

I don’t think it has been stunning. Air Force started the season 10-4, but other than an overtime victory over New Mexico State, the wins weren’t against Mountain West-caliber teams. When it played up against Ohio State, Colorado the results were lopsided. It was obviously going to be a season where a lot of things had to go right, and they haven’t. As for signs of a turnaround for this season, I’m not sure they’re there.

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UW-Air Force men’s basketball Q&A

Here is my question-and-answer session with Brent Briggeman, who covers Air Force men’s basketball for the The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colorado about Wednesday’s game with the University of Wyoming.

Tip off is at 7 p.m. MT at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.

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Brent Briggeman

Brent Briggeman

At 10-4 so far, is that where you thought Air Force would be record-wise? If not, what has surprised you — good or bad?

I think this would have been an optimistic forecast. Air Force challenged itself in the nonconference, going to Colorado and Ohio State and playing NCAA tournament regulars like Robert Morris and New Mexico State. It won two of those games, and went on the road to notch wins over Denver and UC Davis. Given Air Force’s struggles on the road in recent seasons, those wins were no minor deal. I think it’s particularly surprising that the Falcons have done this without finding a shooting touch as a team, shooting 64 percent from the free throw line through the nonconference and 32 percent from 3-point range.

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