March 4, 2014
Air Force Falcons vs. #21 New Mexico Lobos
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
7 p.m. at Albuquerque, N.M.
Location | Albuquerque, N.M.
Arena | University Arena (The Pit)
Capacity | 15,411
Network | Air Force / IMG Radio Network
Station | AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play | Jim Arthur
Analyst | Matt Pauley
Network | ESPN3
Play-by-Play | Trey Bender
Analyst | Blaine Fowler
Gametracker | goairforcefalcons.com
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force | 31-36, Third Season
Overall | Same
Craig Neal (Georgia Tech, 1988)
New Mexico | 23-5, First Season
Overall | Same
Overall | New Mexico leads 53-19
At Albuquerque | New Mexico leads 31-4
First Game | Dec. 7, 1957
Result | Air Force won 68-50
Last Game | Mar. 9, 2013
Result | Air Force won 89-88
Current Streak | Air Force - 1
Falcons Play at #21 New Mexico on Wednesday
The Air Force men’s basketball team travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to face the 21st-ranked New Mexico Lobos on Wednesday, March 5. Tip-off at The Pit is scheduled for 7 p.m. Air Force fell to 11-16 overall and 5-11 in the Mountain West after losing to UNLV 93-67 at home on Saturday, while the Lobos improved to 23-5 and 14-2 after defeating Nevada 72-58 Sunday in Reno, Nev.
All-Time Series vs. New Mexico
New Mexico holds a 53-19 overall advantage, including a 31-4 mark at The Pit, against Air Force. The teams split a pair of games last season, with UNM winning 81-58 in Albuquerque and Air Force capturing an 89-88 win at Clune Arena in the regular-season finale. That win over No. 12/11 New Mexico marks the highest ranked opponent Air Force has beaten in program history.
Air Force Still Looking for Fifth Win vs. Ranked Opponent
Air Force’s game at #5 San Diego State on Feb. 15 was the highest ranked opponent the Falcons had faced since playng No. 3 Georgia Tech on Dec. 11, 2004. Entering Wednesday’s game at No. 21 New Mexico the Falcons are 4-81 against ranked opponents in program history and three of those victories have come under Dave Pilipovich. The four victories came against No. 21 UTEP (75-72) on Feb. 15, 1992, No. 13/15 San Diego State (58-56) on Feb. 18, 2012, No. 22/20 San Diego State (70-67) on Feb. 2, 2013 and No. 12/11 New Mexico (89-88) on March 9, 2013. All four victories have been at Clune Arena.
Five League Wins, Pretty Rare ...
Following is victory at Wyoming last Tuesday, Air Force five victories in conference play, just the 10th time with at least five league wins since joining a conference in 1980-81.
... Three League Road Wins, Even Rarer
Last Tuesday’s win was also AFA’s third conference road win this season, the most in one season since 2008 (3) and it ties the third-most in one season in program history. The Falcons have won at least three road league games just seven times since joining a conference in 1980-81.
Coggins 35th in the Nation in 3-Point Pct.
Tre’ Coggins is ranked 35th in the country in three-point percentage (40.0%) in the latest NCAA
Division I rankings on Monday, March 3. Coggins is second in the MW in three-point percentage.
Fewest Assists in Over Two Years
Air Force’s six assists vs. Wyoming last Tuesday were the fewest in a game since dishing out six in a 62-60 loss at Drake on Dec. 3, 2011. They were also the fewest amount of assists in a victory since recording
six in a 56-50 win over Drexel on Dec. 29, 1998.
The Falcons return home to face Boise State in the regular-season finale at Clune Arena on Saturday, March 8 at 12 p.m.