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Utah State looks to keep momentum in tough road test against Air Force

Aggies face tough road test at Air Force as they look to ride their momentum to the top of the Mountain West.

Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Honestly at the beginning of the season would anyone have believed that Utah State could still finish third in the MW without any help and only three games left to play?  I know I wouldn't have believed it myself but that is where they sit heading into a tough road match-up at Air Force

Air Force has won four strait home games including games against Wyoming and UNLV. Air Force does in fact have something to play for.  A win Saturday puts them in a position to avoid SDSU in their second game (I'm assuming that everyone wants to avoid SDSU but is facing Boise State really any better?). The Falcons are led by three seniors in Marek Olesinski, Kamryn Williams, and Max Yon. Marek Olesinski is a big force inside averaging 10 points and six boards.

Air force like to slow the ball down ranking 329th (of 351) in adjusted tempo (Via, but that might just play right into the Aggies hands. Utah State excels at running their offense out of set pieces.  Darius Perkins has an incredibly hot hand for Utah State shooting 66.7% from behind the arc over the last four games. The team as a whole is one of the best (13th-40.3%) 3-point shooting teams in the Nation. David Collette 13.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks (and new found mustache power), and Jalen Moore 15.5 points, and 6.7 rebounds continue to lead the way for Utah State. As Mentioned at the beginning of the article Utah State can win out and finish no lower than third. They can not afford to drop the ball if they want to put themselves in the best position possible to win the MW tournament.

Although Air force has heavy senior leadership and the advantage of playing at home, I think in the end Utah State's efficient offense and consistent shooting from behind the arc will prove to much. Aggies pull away in the second have and win comfortably 68-56.