Air Force men’s basketball at Colorado
Nov. 22, 2017

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THE GAME

Air Force travels to Boulder, Colo., to take on in-state rival Colorado from the Pac-12 on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. in the Coors Events Center. The game will be the first away from home this season for Air Force and begins a three-game road swing.

 

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television:.... Pac-12 Network (Mike Crispino, Ben Braun)

Radio:............ KVOR AM 740 (Jim Arthur, Jonathan Schillace)

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Quick Facts            Air Force                                               Colorado

Record:................. 3-1                                                          5-0

Conf. Record:....... 0-0                                                          0-0

Streak:.................. L 1                                                          W 5

Last Game:........... L 71-83 vs. Pacific                                W 79-70 vs. Mercer

Next Game:......... at Indiana State (11/29)                      at Colorado State (12/2)

Conference:......... Mountain West                                    Pac-12

Nickname:............ Falcons                                                  Buffaloes

Location:............... Colorado Springs, CO                          Boulder, CO

Website:............... GoAirForceFalcons.com                     CUBuffs.com

 

THE COACHES

Category                Air Force                                               Colorado

Head Coach.......... Dave Pilipovich  Tad Boyle

Alma Mater.......... Thiel College, 1986                             Kansas, 1985

School Record...... 75-95 (6th season)                              154-95 (8th season)

Career Record..... Same                                                      210-161 (12th year)

 

THE SERIES

Overall                                                                                   Colorado leads 23-3

First Meeting                                                                        Feb. 22, 1958 in Boulder (Colorado, 54-50)

Last Meeting                                                                        Dec. 19, 2016 at Air Force (Colorado, 75-68)

Streaks                                                                                   Colorado W 7

 

THE SERIES

Air Force and Colorado are meeting for the 27th time. Colorado leads the overall series 23-3, including winning seven straight. Colorado defeated Air Force, 75-68, last season at the Academy. The Buffs won the last meeting in Boulder, 81-70, in 2015.

Air Force’s last win in the series came Nov. 18, 2006, in Boulder, 84-46. The team’s first played Feb. 22, 1958, in Boulder. The Buffaloes won the game, 54-50.

 

Last 8 meetings in the series

12/19/16   Colorado 75, Air Force 68 (H)

11/25/15   Colorado 81, Air Force 70 (A)

11/25/14   Colorado 68, Air Force 53 (H)

11/30/13   Colorado 81, Air Force 47 (H)

11/25/12   #23 Colorado 89, Air Force 74 (A)

11/23/11   Colorado 76, Air Force 73 OT (H)

11/29/07   Colorado 60, Air Forc 50 (H)

11/18/06   Air Force 84, Colorado 46 (A)

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LAST SEASON

Colorado defeated Air Force, 75-68, Dec. 19 in Clune Arena. Xavier Johnson scored 14 points to lead five Buffs in double figures as Colorado won for the seventh straight time in the series. Colorado hit 54 percent from the field, including 41.7 percent from 3-point territory. Colorado built a 13-point second half lead, but Air Force cut the lead to five points twice, the last coming with just over a minute to play, but couldn’t get any closer. George King scored 13 points, Derrick White 12 and Deleon Brown and Wesley Gorden 10 each for the Buffs.

Air Force was led by CJ Siples, who scored a season-high 15 points. Hayden Graham added 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds while Zach Kocur chipped in with 12 points. The Falcons out-rebounded Colorado, 38-33, and forced 16 turnovers, but hit just 36.1 percent from the field.

 

THE LAST TIME IN BOULDER

Colorado defeated Air Force, 81-70, Nov. 25 in Boulder. The win was the sixth straight for Colorado in the series.

The Buffs used a 19-6 run to close the first half and take a 46-30 halftime lead. Colorado led by as many as 26 early in the second half before Air Force closed the gap late to make up the final margin. Colorado Springs native Josh Scott scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Colorado. Josh Fortune added 18 points and George King 16 for the Buffs, who hit 52.1 percent from the field, including 52.0 percent from beyond the arc.

Air Force shot just 41.9 percent from the field, but hit a season-high 10 3-pointers and finished hitting 45.5 percent from distance. The Falcons were led by Zach Moer, who scored a career-high 13 points. Zach Kocur added a season-high 12 points, six rebounds and a career-best six assists. Hayden Graham added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

 

AIR FORCE FIFTH NATIONALLY

Air Force ranks fifth nationally in free throw percentage with an 82.8 mark. The Falcons have hit 82-99 this season. Air Force hit a season-high 92.7 percent vs. Canisius, hitting 38-41. The percentage is the 11th best in school history and best since shooting 94.1 percent vs. Colorado College on Nov. 17, 2010. The 38 made free throws is just four off the school record of 42 set vs. Navy Dec. 6, 1993.

Air Force has two players that are perfect for the season. Lavelle Scottie (14-14) and Ryan Manning (12-12) are each tied for the conference and national lead at 1.000 percent. Jacob Van follows close behind at 90.9 percent (10-11).    

 

Air Force Game-by-Game

Opponent         FT-A        Pct

Texas State....... 7-9......... 77.8

Canisius............. 38-41.... 92.7

UAPB................. 21-27.... 77.8

Pacific............... 16-22.... 72.7

 

NCAA Leaders (Thru 11/21)

#   School (Conference)              Pct.

  1. Central Mich. (Mid-American) 85.2
  2. Liberty (Big South)                83.2
  3. Seattle U (Western Athletic)   83.2
  4. Dartmouth (Ivy League)         82.9
  5. Air Force (Mountain West) 82.8

 

 


 

 

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