New Mexico vs. Air Force: Full Game Preview

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New Mexico vs. Air Force: Full Game Preview
(12) New Mexico
(26-4, 9-3 away)
Air Force
(16-12, 13-2 home)
Venue: Clune Arena
6:00PM ET / 3:00PM PT, March 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
New Mexico K Williams 13.8 A Kirk 8.1 K Williams 4.8
Air Force M Lyons 17.9 M Lyons 4.0 T Fletcher 3.8

Air Force hosts No. 12 New Mexico at Clune Arena on Saturday. Tipoff occurs at 6 p.m. EST and you can catch it on Altitude. The Falcons fell to the Lobos 81-58 on Feb. 6 and are 0-11 against them over the last four years.

Air Force is in sixth place in the conference, New Mexico is in first place.

In spite of 10 points from Michael Lyons, the Falcons came up short 58-51 against San Diego State on Mar. 6. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 17.9 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game. For the Lobos, Tony Snell finished with 25 points in the 75-62 win over Nevada on Mar. 6. He is averaging 11.8 points and 2.8 assists per game. When considering the Four Factors, New Mexico performs well in free throw rate at 47.2. This ranks first in the conference and fourth in the country.

New Mexico StatSmack

  • Taylor Broekhuis is ranked 6th in the Mountain West in blocks.
  • Air Force is a better shooting team (47.4 percent vs. 41.8 percent) than New Mexico this season.
  • Air Force has come back to win after being down at half against New Mexico six times since 2000.
  • Michael Lyons is ranked 1st in the Mountain West in points and 7th in the Mountain West in three-pointers.
  • Todd Fletcher is ranked 7th in the Mountain West in three-pointers and 5th in the Mountain West in assists.
  • The Air Force basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than New Mexico (91 percent vs. 56 percent).
  • Air Force is better under pressure, and has defeated New Mexico in five out of the last nine games decided by five points or fewer.
  • Air Force is better at defending the three (31.1 percent allowed vs. 34.5 percent allowed) than New Mexico this season.
  • The Air Force three-point leader (Michael Lyons, 48 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the New Mexico three-point leader (Tony Snell, 44 three-pointers).
Lobos Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ K. Williams 0 14 4 5 1 0 2
B+ Alex Kirk 29 12 8 0 0 2 2
B Tony Snell 31 12 3 3 1 1 2
B Hugh Greenwood 28 7 5 2 1 1 1
B C. Bairstow 23 9 6 1 1 1 1
C Chad Adams 20 5 3 1 1 0 1
C Jamal Fenton 15 4 1 1 1 0 1
C D. Walker 15 5 1 1 1 0 1
D+ C. Thomas 6 1 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Nick Banyard 6 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Kory Alford 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Chris Perez 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
AF Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Michael Lyons 33 18 4 2 1 0 2
B Todd Fletcher 31 9 3 4 1 0 1
B- Mike Fitzgerald 29 10 4 2 1 0 1
C+ T. Broekhuis 26 9 4 1 1 1 2
C DeLovell Earls 15 4 3 1 0 0 1
C- Kyle Green 16 5 1 1 1 0 1
C- Kamryn Williams 12 4 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Tre` Coggins 11 3 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Marek Olesinski 10 3 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Justin Hammonds 8 2 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Max Yon 9 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Ethan Michael 5 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Cam Michael 8 4 1 1 0 0 0
D Zach Moer 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Chase Kammerer 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
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