Wyoming vs. Air Force: Full Game Preview

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Wyoming vs. Air Force: Full Game Preview
Wyoming
(18-9, 6-5 away)
Air Force
(15-10, 12-2 home)
Venue: Clune Arena
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, February 26, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Wyoming L Martinez 14.5 L Washington 9.1 R Grabau 2.6
Air Force M Lyons 18.8 M Lyons 4.2 T Fletcher 4.0

On Tuesday, Wyoming heads to Clune Arena to take on Air Force. It takes place at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ROOT-RM or NW. The Cowboys lost to the Falcons 57-48 on Jan. 26 and are 5-5 against them over the last four years.

Air Force is holding down the fifth spot in the Mountain West, right above Wyoming in seventh place.

In spite of 15 points and 9 rebounds from Derek Cooke Jr, the Cowboys came up short 65-42 against UNLV on Feb. 23. In addition to his 2.9 points per game, he is also chipping in 3.7 rebounds per game. For the Falcons, Taylor Broekhuis finished with 11 points in the 77-65 loss to Boise State on Feb. 20. He averages 9 points per game in addition to a team-best 1 blocks per game.

Comparing team stats, Air Force looks to have the edge in one significant category, scoring, where the Falcons have the upper hand over the Cowboys, 72 points per game to 60 points per game. One category in which Air Force is especially proficient is effective field goal percentage at 56.3 percent, ranking first in their conference (and eigth nationally).

Air Force StatSmack

  • Wyoming has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (55.5 percent to 41.6 percent).
  • Leonard Washington is ranked 9th in the Mountain West in points, 3rd in the Mountain West in rebounds, 5th in the Mountain West in steals, and 1st in the Mountain West in blocks.
  • Wyoming has more wins over the last 5 years than Air Force (90 vs. 80).
  • The Wyoming rebounding leader (Leonard Washington, 227 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Air Force rebounding leader (Michael Lyons, 106 rebounds).
  • Wyoming has an average margin of victory of 12 over Air Force in 52 wins since 1980.
  • Laramie isn't as congested as USAFA (population is significantly lower).
  • Larry Nance Jr is ranked 8th in the Mountain West in rebounds, 10th in the Mountain West in steals, and 8th in the Mountain West in blocks.
  • Wyoming has a better scoring defense (56.2 allowed per game vs. 67.5 allowed per game) than Air Force this season.
  • The Wyoming three-point leader (Derrious Gilmore, 60 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Air Force three-point leader (Michael Lyons, 46 three-pointers).
WYO Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- L. Washington 33 14 9 2 1 2 2
B Luke Martinez 31 15 3 2 2 0 2
B Larry Nance Jr 32 10 7 1 1 1 2
B- D. Gilmore 34 12 2 3 1 0 3
C Josh Adams 28 6 1 1 1 0 1
C Riley Grabau 30 5 1 3 0 0 1
C- Derek Cooke Jr 12 3 4 0 0 0 1
D+ Nathan Sobey 12 3 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Aaron Tyser 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Jason McManamen 8 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Matt Sellers 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D A. Haldorson 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Jack Bentz 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
AF Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Michael Lyons 33 19 4 2 1 0 2
B Todd Fletcher 32 10 2 4 1 0 1
B- Mike Fitzgerald 29 10 4 2 1 0 1
C+ T. Broekhuis 27 9 4 1 1 1 1
C Kyle Green 16 5 2 1 1 0 1
C DeLovell Earls 14 4 3 1 0 0 1
C- Kamryn Williams 10 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Justin Hammonds 9 3 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Tre` Coggins 10 2 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Marek Olesinski 9 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Max Yon 10 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Cam Michael 9 3 1 1 0 0 0
D Ethan Michael 5 2 2 1 0 0 1
D Zach Moer 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Chase Kammerer 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
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