Falcons Host Inaugural All-Military Classic This Weekend

    Junior Michael Lyons is the Mountain West's top returning scorer
    Junior Michael Lyons is the Mountain West's top returning scorer

    Nov. 8, 2011

    Air Force Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

    GAME #1
    Air Force Falcons vs. Army Black Knights
    Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
    7:30 p.m. at Clune Arena
    First Round All-Military Classic
     
    SITE
    Location USAFA, Colo.
    Arena Clune Arena
    Capacity 5,858
     
    RADIO
    Network Air Force / IMG Radio Network
    Flagship AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.
    Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
    Analyst Matt Pauley
     
    TELEVISION
    Network CBS Sports Network
    Play-by-Play Roger Twibell
    Analyst Pete Gillen
     
    INTERNET
    Gametracker goairforcefalcons.com
     
    COACHES
    Jeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)
    Air Force 52-72, Fifth Season
    Overall 134-106, Ninth Season
     
    Zach Spiker (Ithaca, 2000)
    Army 25-34, Third Season
    Overall Same
     
    ALL-TIME SERIES
    Overall Army leads 2-1
    at USAFA First Meeting
    First Game Jan. 29, 1977
    Result Army won 68-49
    Last Game Nov. 28, 1987
    Result Army won, 79-70
    Current Streak Army - 1
     
    First Annual All-Military Classic
    The Air Force Falcons open their 2011-12 season by hosting the first annual All-Military Classic, Nov. 11-12 at Clune Arena. The Falcons will play service-academy rival Army on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30, followed by VMI and Citadel at 10 p.m. The third-place game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, followed by the championship game. Both games on Friday will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
    This is the first of a four-year contract for the tournament, with each school hosting once. Citadel will host in 2012, VMI in `13 and Army in `14. The tournament will be played each year during Veteran's Day weekend.
     
    Getting Started
    This season marks the 56th year of varsity basketball for Air Force. This is Air Force's 13th season in the Mountain West. AFA was a member of the Western Athletic Conference for 19 years before joining the MW in 1999.
     
    Season Openers
    Air Force is 25-30 all-time in season openers. The Falcons are 19-8 at home and 6-22 on the road (including neutral games). Last season, the Falcons opened with a 66-53 victory over UCCS at home. Air Force has won its last eight season openers and 10 home openers.
     
    Falcons Picked 5th in MWC
    Air Force was picked fifth in the 2011-12 preseason media poll released at the Mountain West media day in Denver, Colo.
     
    School (First Place Votes)  - Pts.
    1. New Mexico (22)  - 203
    2. UNLV (4)  - 183
    3. San Diego State  - 158
    4. Colorado State  - 119
    5. Air Force  - 78
    6. Wyoming  - 68
    7. TCU  - 64
    8. Boise State  - 63
     
    Up Next
    The Falcons remain at home to face Western State on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
     
    Still a Great Record at Clune
    Including a 12-5 record at home last season, the Falcons have been hard to beat at Clune Arena the last eight seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 95 of its 125 home games, good for a .760 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 40 of their 64 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.625 pct).
     
    Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge
    The 2011-12 edition of the MWC/MVC Challenge is the third in a four-year agreement between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences. Eight Challenge games will be played this year, and each conference will host a total of 18 games in the four-year period. Illinois State and Southern Illinois will be the Valley teams that do not participate in the 2011 Challenge Series. Below is a listing of the 2011-12 MW/MVC Challenge contests:
     
    Date -- Game
    Nov. 30 -- Creighton at San Diego State
    Dec. 3 -- Air Force at Drake
    Dec. 3 -- Indiana State at Boise State
    Dec. 3 -- Colorado State at Northern Iowa
    Dec. 3 -- Missouri State at New Mexico
    Dec. 3 -- TCU at Evansville
    Dec. 3 -- Bradley at Wyoming
    Dec. 4 -- UNLV at Wichita State
     
    Air Force Fifth in MW Last Eight
    Air Force is currently ranked fifth among Mountain West teams for the best overall winning percentage since the beginning of the 2003-04 season. AFA's winning percentage is 56.8 percent. Air Force is one of only four teams in the conference to have at least a .500 record in at least six of the last eight seasons (UNLV (8); New Mexico (7), San Diego State, Air Force (6)).
     
    All-Time Series vs. All-Military Classic Opponents
    Air Force is 1-2 all-time against Army and has never played Citadel or VMI. This will be the first meeting between Air Force and Arny at the Air Force Academy.

     

     

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