The Air Force Falcons(8-6, 0-1) will head up I-25 to Fort Collins for a in-state match up against the Colorado State Rams (9-5, 1-0). This is the first meeting between the teams this season, last season the Rams won 2 of 3 but lost the important one at the MWC Tournament. The Rams will look for revenge while they put their undefeated home court record on the line. Air Force is coming off a road loss to TCU and is looking for their first conference win of the year. Catch more after the jump...
Air Force has shot the ball well this year, 46%, but they struggled on the road against TCU shooting just 40% in the loss. Grant Parker leads the Falcons in scoring at 17 a game while Evan Washington is second on the team at 12 points a game. The Falcons can't get behind early like they did at TCU, they came back but had nothing to finish the game. The crowd at Moby Arena should be pretty small with school still on break so they will have to take advantage of that.
Andy Ogide showed up huge with 22 points and 6 rebounds against Wyoming and has another chance to dominate inside as Air Force big man Grant Parker is only 6-7. He could draw 6-10 freshman Taylor Broekhius but should be able to use his experience against the first year player. Travis Franklin played a small role in the Rams last win but always plays well at home so the Falcons will have to watch him closely.
The Rams have the advantage on the glass by 4.5 a game and those are mostly offensive rebounds which give the Rams a lot of second chance points. The Falcons will have to force the Rams into turning the ball over and stay out of foul trouble if they want to keep this one close. Statsheet.com has the Rams winning the matchup 66% of the time.
Jesse Carr has apparently fallen of the face of the earth, after not playing in Wyoming I can't find any news on his status with the team.