Banging on the Conference Door.

Should be one of the best Saturday - Monday pair of games anywhere. The importance of these games cannot be over-played by any matchup as the Falcons travel to Utah on Saturday and BYU on Monday and try to solidify their conference lead and the nations belief that Air Force basketball is for real.

 

As with several of the weekends and games in this year's Air Force schedule the games looming this weekend are make it or break it type.  While the Falcons could survive losses to Utah and BYU in the next few days, it certainly isn't the best scenario.  A split would propel the Falcons toward a conference championship, specially if the win was against Utah.  But a sweep would re-ignite all those pleasant thoughts and goals the Falcons and their fans have had for this year... including the MWC big dog, an invite to the big dance and a respectable standing in the big (top 25) polls.

The Falcons are certainly capable of beating both Utah and BYU and they know how to win on the road, even in hostile houses. Remember The Pit?  Of course the Utes and the Cougars are going to be better prepared and will have their clippers at the ready to bring the Falcons slamming down to earth.   What should be exciting though is the Falcons can and just might overcome all that and these two opponents know that.  The fact that Utah and BYU are thinking of much else right now than the Falcons will certainly help their teams prepare but it will also get in their heads that they cannot focus on anything else because they are too concerned the Falcons may come in their house and take another game and the conference away from them. 

What more could you ask for in the second half of the schedule than what the Falcons are facing now.  So grab your lightening bolt hats and favorite gym shirt and get ready for some red hot basketball.


And for a few words from writers around the college scene about the Falcon's tough weekend of basketball.


UTAH BASKETBALL NOTES  -Salt Lake Tribune, UT 
The Mountain West regular-season race has turned into a three-team affair, making the Utah-Air Force game (Saturday) and the Brigham Young-Air Force game ...

Falcons ignore rearview mirror on road  -Denver Post, CO 
AIR FORCE ACADEMY - After watching his team score a season-low 35 points Monday in a two-point nonconference loss to Texas-Pan American, apparently the obvious ...

Air Force is flying high  -Dallas Morning News (subscription), TX
A year ago, Air Force finished at the bottom of the Mountain West Conference for the third straight season under coach Joe Scott. ...


MWC's leaders still in NCAA mix  -ESPN - Feb 19, 2004
By Ed Graney. Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson won't soon seek a job as professor of mathematics, but he doesn ...

Utah Men's Basketball Notes - Game # 26  -UtahUtes.com - Feb 19, 2004
Television: ESPN Regional (KJZZ-TV 14 in Salt Lake City). ESPN Full Court. Rich Waltz (play-by-play) and Irv Brown (analyst). Radio ...

Lewis: Falcons one of best stories in basketball  -Salt Lake Tribune, UT - Feb 19, 2004
The Mountain West Conference hasn't had the greatest men's basketball season, with no team able to earn a consistent place in the national rankings, two ...
 

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