March 19, 2013
Air Force Falcons vs. Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
7 p.m. (HT) at Honolulu, Hawaii
First Round - CollegeInsider.com Tourney
Location Honolulu, Hawaii
Arena Stan Sheriff Center
Network Air Force / IMG Sports Network
Station AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force 19-19, First Full Season
Gib Arnold (BYU, 1994)
Hawaii 52-43, Fourth Season
Overall Hawai’i leads 24-13
at Honolulu Hawai’i leads 15-2
First Game Jan. 17, 1981
Result Hawai’i won 56-50
Last Game Feb. 8, 1997
Result Hawai’i won 87-63
Current Streak Hawai’i - 1
Falcons Play at Hawai’i on Wednesday in CIT
The Air Force Falcons (17-13) will play the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors (17-14) in the first round of the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Wednesday, March 20. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Air Force lost to UNLV, 72-56, in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament last Wednesday, while Hawai’i fell to UC Irvine, 71-60, in the quarterfinals of the Big West Tournament last Thursday.
This will be the 38th meeting between Air Force and Hawai’i on the basketball court, with Hawai’i holding a 24-13 advantage in the series. Hawai’i defeated Air Force, 87-63, in Honolulu on Feb. 8, 1997 in the last meeting.
Seventh Postseason Appearance Ever
Air Force will make its seventh postseason appearance and first since advancing to the second round of the CIT in 2011. The Falcons defeated North Dakota 77-67 at Clune Arena in the first round before losing at Santa Clara 88-75. Air Force, 4-6 in postseason history, advanced to the NIT semifinals in 2007, winning three straight home games before falling to Clemson, 68-67, in the semis at Madison Square Garden.
AFA, 0-4 in the NCAA Tournament, lost 78-69 to Illinois in the first round of the 2006 tourney and fell to North Carolina in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, 63-52. That was Air Force’s first appearance in the “Big Dance” since 1962, when the Falcons lost in the first round, 68-66, to Texas Tech. Their other appearance in the NCAA tournament was in 1960, losing in the first round to DePaul, 69-63. Air Force played in the Preseason NIT in 1989-90.
Sixth-Place Finish in the Mountain West
Air Force finished the 2012-13 regular season with an 8-8 mark in the Mountain West, placing sixth in the conference. The Falcons were picked ninth in the ‘12-13 preseason media poll and tied Boise State for the biggest jump from predicted to actual finish in the conference this season.
Sixth Time Ever with 17 Overall and Eight League Wins
Air Force’s victory over New Mexico on March 9 marked just the sixth season in the 57-year history of the program that the Falcons have recorded 17 overall and eight conference victories. This is also the 16th season in program history with a winning record.