Who will? Who won’t? Who shows up? Time for Air Force vs Colorado State 2020 Part 1
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Big questions surround this game and big rewards to the team that can answer those questions. Both teams enter this game tied for 5th in the MWC and only 1 game out of 3rd place. The Falcons (9-9/3-3) coming off a hard fought win at Clune Arena over Boise State while the Rams (12-7/3-3) arrive to the Academy after a blasting of New Mexico at home in Ft Collins. In a game of a seasoned AF roster versus youth in CSU it will be an interesting matchup.
(Note: Coach's vs Cancer game for the Falcons today and Coach Dave Pilipovich and his wife Kelly are giving $1 for each ticket sold to the game. Read more here https://gazette.com/sports/air-force-basketball-coach-dave-pilipovich-aims-to-combat-colorado/article_15b155a0-3982-11ea-91aa-677ade092edf.html )
CSU is led by by 4 in double figures with Stevens 6’0” Fr guard averaging 13.1ppg/4.6apg, Sr center Carvacho 12.5ppg/10.7rpg, Roddy 6’5”/250# Fr G 11.3ppg/5.7rpg and Thistlewood 6’7” So F 10ppg. Whew, a tough lineup to contend with combining height with size with quickness. Overall an average 3 pt shooting team their 35.3% long ball average was boosted by an exceptional 19-28/67.9% shooting effort in the win over New Mexico.
The Falcons will have to find a way to bring back their consistency from the arc while attacking inside to win this game on offense while defending the arc on defense. While they are averaging 40% 3pt shooting on the season, they have dropped to 32%, 28% and 31% in their last three games. Good news is they are close to 50% FG overall in the last three games (2-1) going aggressively inside. We need to continue to do this and not be intimidated by the CSU bigs. Defensively everyone knows historically that the 3pt arc has been friendly to visiting teams, and CSU showed in the win over NM they have the potential to explode from the arc. Defense needs to continue to be the mainstay of this game for the Falcons.
So 'Who Will' play defense and defend the arc vs 'Who Will' hit from the long ball? 'Who won't' give up points in the paint and won't give open looks to the offense? 'Who will' show up from the Cadet Wing to support Air Force vs CSU? Time will tell.
GO FALCONS BEAT CSU
CONGRATS TO AIR FORCE HOCKEY in win over Niagara https://gazette.com/sports/late-goal-review-goes-air-force-hockey-s-way-in/article_dbb3528a-399b-11ea-b0c2-27cfb8ec9d05.html