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Hoops: Fly boys vs Cowboys in Colorado Springs

The Wyoming Cowboys (9-11, 2-4) will be looking to extend one streak and break another when they head down to Colorado Springs on Saturday to face the Air Force Falcons (8-11, 0-6). The Cowboys are looking for their first winning streak since November after defeating the Utah Utes on Wednesday. Standing in their way is a winless record on the road this season and scrappy young Falcons squad. Will the Falcons get their first conference win in 23 tries or will the Pokes grab their first road win? Let's see who has the advantage.

Wyoming is without their leading scorer Afam Muojeke for the rest of the season but others are stepping up to fill that role. Adam Waddell has been playing his best ball of the season recently and his coming off a 13 point 22 rebound effort. Waddell did injure his ankle on Wednesday and is questionable for this weekend. That would leave the Pokes very thin inside as 7-3 Boubacar Sylla is the only other center on the roster and has not been impressive so far this year. Freshman Desmar Jackson has been a spark plug off the bench for the Pokes and put 21 point in 20 minutes against the Utes.

Wyoming uses a full court press that forces lots of turnovers but have struggled on defense and allow a league high 74 points a game. The Falcons have been riddled with injuries all season but are nearing full strength. The Falcons run a slow and deliberate offense that hasn't managed more than 54 points in their six conference losses.

Senior Grant Parker has appeared in the last two games for the Zoomies after missing 10 games with a pelvic injury. Parker leads the team with 15 points and 5 rebounds a game. Evan Washington and Tom Fow are the only other Falcons to average double digits in scoring this season. Parker could give the Pokes trouble inside if Waddell is unable to go for the Cowboys. Seven players have missed a total of 43 games for Air Force this year.

Wyoming swept the season series last year while Air Force took both 2008 meetings. Elevation shouldn't be a factor as both teams are used to playing in the thin air of the Front Range.  Could be an ugly game if both teams bring their bad games which has happened a lot this year.  Or perhaps each team has finally figured things out and this one should be pretty close.

WYO 9-11 77.3 74.7 9-6 0-5 W1
AFA 8-11 60.2 62.8 7-4 0-7 L6