Montana State (1-1) at Air Force (4-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 21, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Clune Arena (5,843) -- USAFA, Colorado. Television: None. Home Record: MSU 1-0, Air Force 2-0. Away Record: MSU 0-1, Air Force 1-0. Neutral Record: MSU 0-0, Air Force 1-0. Conference Record: MSU 0-0, Air Force 0-0. Series Record: Air Force leads, 6-5.
GAME NOTES: The Air Force Falcons try to keep their unblemished record intact on Wednesday night, as they host the Montana State Bobcats in non-conference play at Clune Arena.
The Falcons, who began 2012-13 by again taking the title in the All-Military Classic in South Carolina with wins over Army and The Citadel, have also beaten up a couple of non-Division I opponents as well. First it was Western State (102-68) last week, and then on Sunday the squad crushed Regis University in an 83-43 final at home.
Even though the game for Regis was considered an exhibition for the visitors, it still moved the Academy to 4-0, which is their best start since the 2007-08 campaign.
As for the Bobcats, they've only played two games thus far, and earned a split. The season opener was an 87-72 blowout loss at Seattle, but a week later, this past Sunday, Montana State captured a convincing 83-64 win over Portland at home.
The Falcons lead the all-time series by a slim 6-5 margin, thanks to a 70-65 win in the most recent meeting back in 2001.
Against Portland, the Bobcats hit on half of their 16 three-point tries and also outscored the visitors by a 27-15 margin at the free-throw line, not to mention forcing 19 turnovers in the 19-point decision. Antonio Biglow knocked down 8-of-13 shots from the floor, including 4-of-8 behind the three-point line, as he tallied a game-high 23 points for the hosts, followed by Flavien Davis with 13 points, Calen Coleman 12 and Jamie Stewart 11 points in the triumph. Biglow, the only player to have made more than a trio of three- pointers to this point, leads the team in scoring with his 19.0 ppg, although he could be doing even better if not for his 3-of-7 effort at the charity stripe. Davis (12.5 ppg) and Coleman (11.0 ppg) are also key figures as the team produces 77.5 ppg.
Giving their season stats another huge boost, the Falcons beat up on Regis rather soundly last week. The hosts knocked down 50.8 percent of the shots at one end of the floor and then held the visitors to just 30.6 percent success overall and 5-of-25 behind the three-point line. Cameron Michael and Michael Lyons took the scoring lead for the Falcons as they tied for the game high with 15 points, the latter also clearing a team-best nine rebounds at the same time. Tre' Coggins and Taylor Broekhuis each dropped in 13 points, the former adding seven boards as Air Force managed a 46-24 rebounding edge. The rebounding total for the Falcons should have helped the team's overall average, yet after four games the Academy is still only leading the competition by 3.8 rpg. Lyons (20.5 ppg) and Broekhuis (13.3 ppg) are clearly a huge part of the unit's 84.5 ppg at the moment.
For the time being the Falcons have some favorable stats, but once the conference schedule begins and the tougher competition comes along it won't be nearly as easy. That being said, Air Force needs to use this opportunity against the Bobcats to also produce some big numbers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Air Force 81, Montana State 66
11/21 10:32:37 ET