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  1. ltcpilot

    Air Force at UNLV (Edited at the top)

    Good observation and agree with the 'both ends' and feel it was relatively balance in good/bad last night. But (I can't let it go) the obvious body bump within 1 minute with 'Randy' the ref standing right there 4 feet away from the replay and no call in such a critical situation (when similar calls had been made on layups all night for less contact) is kind of a downer. And the flagrant foul? After watching it multiple times and seeing AF's Walkers hand OPEN not grabbing and pulling as it got under the offender's arm I (as well as the announcers) did not think it was a flagrant. Oh well. Don't throw the ball into the stands or through your own players hands turning it over and we win....so I can't complain to loud (but still will! :)
  2. ltcpilot

    Air Force at UNLV (Edited at the top)

    Right…..we could'a, should'a would'a won last night (and had the lead by 1 with less than a minute to play) and won 106-88 the first meeting this season. Sure, your right.
  3. ltcpilot

    Air Force at UNLV (Edited at the top)

    Good comments both guys.....really tough loss for us Falcon fans who saw a good game plan and good execution and...WTF...wide open passes missed and/or bad passes. Tough for these kids. Yep....the refs sucked but for the most part let the game be played. The last foul which I 'thought' was a foul was shown on replay and a definite body on the layup try....oh well. Reference this team. Only one senior on this team (I've said it before) and he did not play tonight, 3 minutes last game, etc, etc. IF THESE YOUNG GUYS stay at the ZOO (the Academy) I think next year could be special. Note that Walker (guard) is a freshman and is getting better each game.
  4. ltcpilot

    Air Force at UNLV (Edited at the top)

    UNLV should say thank you to AF for unforced turnovers 10 of 15 (can’t type) AF TOS. AF lost this game on the road. Great job by Hardy for effort and shots. Fudge......22 puts off those TOs. Damn REPLAY SHOWED That THE NEXT TO LAST SHOT, THE LAYUP BY AFs WALKER HE WAS FOULED NO CALL....FUDGE AGAIN
  5. ltcpilot

    Air Force at UNLV (Edited at the top)

    Night of upsets? Kentucky lost. Duke down by 9 at half. We’ll see 830pm MST CBSSports GO FALCONS
  6. Time for a rematch, it's Air Force at UNLV (More at http://ricksfalconreview.blogspot.com/ ) As Air Force travels this week for a Tuesday 830pm MST tipoff versus UNLV, we look back at the surprising results of game one in this matchup at Clune Arena. The Falcons stunned the Rebels with a victory leading from start to finish. Thoughts from that game (LINK). The Falcons hope to find the same kind of magic in their tough rematch on the road in the Thomas&Mack Arena in Las Vegas. Since the first meeting between these two teams the Falcons have gone 3-3 with 2 road losses (one to #6 Nevada after leading up to the 10:43 mark in the second half) and garnering their lone road win at SJSU. UNLV has gone 3-4 and is coming off a loss at home to Fresno State. Without looking at the teams, the schedule for this meeting gives some benefit to the Falcons. AF played at home last Wednesday and this weekend had their first bye of the season. It fits right around GR week (graded review = test week) at USAFA and it's a great time for the players to get the rest. The scheduling of the Tuesday tip, while rested with the bye, gives them one less day of 'idle time no games' between playing. UNLV has kept busy traveling and winning on the road at Boise State then the home loss Saturday to Fresno State. Attendance might have an issue for those fans with allegiance to Rebel basketball vs Knights hockey as they also have a home game on Tuesday with a 8pm tipoff. This AF fan suggest 'everyone' go to the hockey game tomorrow night instead of the T&M! For the team matchup up, the biggest change will be the presence of UNLV' s Diong (6'11"/ 7ppg/6rpg/2bpg/54%FG/50%FT. His presence will be a factor on both ends for UNLV. Keys for the game should not come as a surprise: - The Falcons must go inside and inside-out and do it from the opening tipoff. That has been a problem in games they struggled in: Simply being intimidated and not making that push early to get inside. We have seen them adjust late in games with success but sometimes to late in the game to matter, and especially on the road everyone knows you cannot get into a hole early. Simply said, AF must attack early and often. - AF cannot allow UNLV's big men (especially with Diong back) to control the lane on either end but especially on offense, to work underneath the net and score at will and.... -.....it will be a fine line between AF double teaming the big's underneath without leaving the wide open man free from the arc. UNLV has done well in league play (in the middle of the pack) in 3pt percentage (better at home). While they shoot well, AF hopes to find success from the arc as UNLV is near the bottom of the conference in 3pt defense on their own right -Falcons must take care of the ball and limit turnovers. Both teams took care of the ball in game one (AF 6 TO; UNLV 8 TO) but both are susceptible on the year to turn it over with each team averaging 14 TPG for the whole 2018-2019 season. -AF must score early and take the crowd out of the equation. T&M is a tough place to play and tougher when the fans are into the game and playing with a lead. (Did I mention I think all UNLV fans should go to the Knights hockey game?). -Lastly both teams shoot right at 67% from the charity stripe. I haven't followed UNLV closely but the Falcons are either on or they are off with their FT's. The team that can find consistency from the line may have the advantage. Big game for both teams. Tough to win on the road for any team and AF has not done well with that in recent history. With the parity in the conference so tight at times, depending on wins and losses this week on Tuesday/Wednesday nights six teams could find themselves between 6-5 and 5-7 in league play, battling for that 4th and 5th spot in the standings and the opening tournament bye. Go Falcons Beat UNLV DATE: Tuesday, February 12 TIME: 7:30 p.m. SITE: Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,000), Las Vegas TV: CBS Sports Network (Rich Waltz, Tim Doyle) RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith, sideline reporter: Steve Cofield) AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App/TuneIn & UNLVRebels.com UNLV leads the all-time series 38-14 UNLV is 26-2 all-time against Air Force at home and has won six in a row against the Falcons at the Thomas & Mack Center The 2018-19 season marks the 36th year of Runnin’ Rebel basketball in the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV has posted an all-time record of 486-123 (.798) in the arena since it opened in 1983 Air Force is coming of an 81-76 home win over Wyoming on Saturday AFA has won three of its last five games overall Air Force is 1-7 in true road games this season, including 1-4 on the road in MW play The Falcons are led in scoring by Lavelle Scottie (14.8 ppg) and Ryan Swan (12.0 ppg). Swan leads the team in rebounding (6.7 rpg), while AJ Walker is the team’s assist leader (2.1 apg) Falcon head coach Dave Pilipovich is in his eighth season with a career record of 94-126 (.427) The 2018-19 season marks the third at UNLV for head coach Marvin Menzies. Prior to coming to UNLV, he spent the previous nine years as head coach at New Mexico State where he compiled a 198-111 (.641) record. His current career record is 241-156 (.607) and he is 43-45 (.489) at UNLV The Runnin’ Rebels (12-11, 6-5) are coming off a loss to Fresno State on Saturday. Prior to that, they had won four of their previous five games at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV is led in scoring by senior guard Kris Clyburn’s 13.8 ppg UNLV ranks either No. 1 or No. 2 during conference play in the following statistical categories: scoring, 3-point field-goal percentage, 3-pointers made, blocks and offensive rebounds Since the 3-point field goal was adopted by the NCAA in 1986-87, UNLV has converted at least one 3-pointer in all 1,062 games played Clyburn's scoring average is at a season high 13.8 ppg Hamilton is 3-15 from the field in his last three games and 5- 23 in his last six games (3-15 from the arc in six games) Beck hasn't played since February 2nd at USU where he played 6 minutes Blair took two FG attempts in 25 minutes vs Fresno St Blair has grabbed 7 rebounds in each of his last two games Against Fresno St, Woodbury took a FG attempt for the first time in his last four games Ntambwe has grabbed just 6 rebounds in his last three games after grabbing 24 in his previous three games Diong took a season high 13 FG attempts vs Fresno St which his the first time he's had more than 10 FG attempts all season UNLV has taken 66 more 3ptFG attempts than opponents in 11 MWC games
  7. ltcpilot

    How tight are the MWC BBall Standings?

    Let's see, 36 years of marriage to the same beautiful woman, flew 19 of 20 years in fighter squadrons throughout the AF and after retiring there got my current job and have been sitting in an airline plane for 22 years listening to the other pilot blab his or her way across the country....oh yeah....AND am an AF basketball fan. Add all that up and it means I have very, very thick skin! GO FALCONS
  8. ltcpilot

    How tight are the MWC BBall Standings?

    I'll take it! One game at a time and it will be an interesting matchup on a Tuesday game in Vegas for AF vs UNLV. Scheduling to note, UNLV comes off the tough loss to Fresno State at home while AF is coming off it's first bye of the season (finally). AF BYE week vs short turnaround for UNLV (and with playing Tuesday not Wednesday its a good rest for the Falcons but one less day of 'sitting' between games with the BYE.
  9. ltcpilot

    How tight are the MWC BBall Standings?

    Thanks fixed. I think USU gets the win at home.
  10. How tight are the MWC standings? Depending on what happens this weekend you could have 4 teams 1/2 game out of 4th and 6 teams 1 1/2 games out of 4th. Here's one AF fan's projection on what could happen this week and how it could/would affect standings. Yep, as a homer, I think AF has a chance to beat UNLV again but they will have to play their A game to do it. In this mock standings when we wake up Thursday morning you find the home teams all covering with the exception of UNLV where AF does seem to play well but they will be facing a UNLV team with Diong back who did not play in game one. Note the standings current are listed with tiebreaker with AF one win over BSU and (assuming they win Tuesday) two over UNLV. I think USU gets the win but the resurging Cowboys could pull off the upset, but mostly likely not on the road. Either way the 2/3 spot is solid at FSU and USU with one or the other in the 2nd sport depending on outcomes. If BSU wins they would jump to 7-6 and 4th place unless SDSU beat CSU. 1 NEV 10-1 Bye 2 FSU 9-3 hm BSU Win 3 USU 9-3 hm Wyo Win 4 SDSU 6-5 @ CSU Lose 5 AF 6-6 @ UNLV Win 6 BSU 6-6 @ FSU Lose 7 UNLV 6-6 hm AF Lose 8 NM 5-7 hm SJSU Win 9 CSU 5-7 hm SDSU Win 10 Wyo 2-9 @ USU Lose 11 SJSU 0-10 @ NM Lose .
  11. Carvacho 11-15 73% 24 pt Scottie 15-20 75% 34pts I'm just saying With the 12 points Caroline had from the free-throw line and 6 3's, both of these two guys above were definitely more efficient than him.
  12. Great idea, don't know if it has ever been done in the MWC. Both are deserving.
  13. Top performances on Wednesday night......AF and Nevada Yep....both teams listed here. Nevada's Caroline is getting all the attention and well deserved, making first 9-9 shots enroute to a 40pts on 11-19 shooting /58% FG (12-14 points scored from the FT line) along with 12 rebounds and 1 steal. Overshadowed is who would/could/should be MWC player of the week contender: Air Force Falcon's Lavelle Scottie who ALSO MADE FIRST 11 of 11 shots enroute to a 34 point career night on a better shooting percentage 15-20 shooting/ 75% FG (only 4 of those points from the FT line) along with 7 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block In reality, Scottie 'should' be considered for the MWC POW but it won't happen. Just an observation. Great game both by players. Scottie......34pts...15-20...75%FG...4-7FT........9Reb Caroline....40pts...11-19...58%FG...12-14FT...12Reb
  14. AF Basketball GO FALCONS BEAT WYOMING Men 7pm at Clune and Women on the road. https://gazette.com/sports/wyoming-set-to-visit-in-a-game-air-force-needs/article_4625ab60-29ba-11e9-81c4-4fbc668c0e18.html And thoughts from AF play-by-play announcer Jim Arthur http://www.kvor.com/Jims-Blog/ Go Falcons Beat Wyoming
  15. ltcpilot

    ====/ CSU -@- USAFA \====

    You guys do know Bob is not really an AF fan....right??