Fresno State Bulldogs (9-13, 2-7 MWC) vs. Air Force Falcons (9-11, 3-6 MWC)
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8, 6:00 PST
WHERE: Clune Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
TV: The game can be seen online as part of the Campus Insiders/Mountain West Network.
RADIO: The Fresno broadcast can be heard on the local ESPN affiliate, 940 AM, while the AFA feed can be found in and around Colorado Springs on 740 AM.
LAST MEETING: Fresno State defended its home court and beat Air Force 71-65 on January 8.
The first lap through the conference schedule has not gone according to plan for the Fresno State Bulldogs.
Despite the fact that the Mountain West is relatively stacked, the 'Dogs were expected to be competitive but have caught precious few breaks throughout the season. They have had close losses at San Diego State and UNLV in the last couple weeks, and now must face an Air Force squad with some revenge on its mind.
What to Watch - Fresno State: Despite the team's overall struggles in this new year, senior guard Tyler Johnson has become a force as of late. He has led the team in scoring in six of the last seven games, which includes a 25-point performance in the first matchup with Air Force a month ago. More importantly, he has maintained a presence on the boards, leading in that category four times in that same seven-game stretch.
Getting off to a fast start will be important, because the 'Dogs have had trouble mounting comebacks. They have lost every game in which they trailed at halftime in MWC play. In addition, holding onto leads in the second half has also been an issue, most notably against Nevada. tinning on the road is always tough, but the team has proven to themselves that Air Force is a beatable opponent.
What to Watch - Air Force: The Falcons did not have a great first half in its first matchup with Fresno, which has been a common theme throughout the season. They have averaged a shade under 30 points per first half, so at least an adequate showing could keep the team from falling too far behind early.
A lot of responsibility for this may fall upon sophomore Tre' Coggins, who has answered the bell and been a pleasant surprise in the Mountain West. He currently leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage and was missed the last two games, both losses.