TCU Basketball Take on Air Force

Alex Apple previews TCU's road contest vs. Air Force on Wednesday evening. TCU got a 59-56 record vs. Air Force on January 25, 2012.

Colorado State's victory over New Mexico in Fort Collins last night once again confirmed just how difficult it is to win on the road in the Mountain West Conference.

TCU (15-11, 5-5) learned that same lesson as it fell on Saturday at the hands of the resurgent Boise State Broncos.

After barely making their flight into Boise, Idaho, the Frogs were still able to jump out to a hot start behind Craig Williams' sizzling three-point stroke.

The crowd at Boise State was able to boost their club back into the ball game however, and missed opportunities down the stretch downed the Frogs.

As Jim Christian has told his team throughout the season, you have to play at a higher efficiency level down the stretch on the road.

His Horned Frog team will need to heed his advice to get a road victory tonight vs. the Air Force Falcons on the road.

Air Force has played well in Clune Arena this season, and their offense seems to run more efficiently in the friendly confines of their home court.

The Frogs were tied for fourth in the conference with Colorado State at 5-5, but with Colorado State's victory last night over New Mexico, the Frogs now need a win to keep pace.

If TCU can leave Colorado Springs with a victory, the Frogs could guarantee their first winning season since the 2004-2005 season.

Since Dave Pilipovich took over at Air Force as the interim coach, the Falcons have won two of three games which brings them to a tie for 6th in the Mountain West Conference at 3-7.

TCU has been hot shooting the ball of late. For the first time in the program's history, TCU has hit 12 three pointers in four of the last five games. That hot shooting has been led by Craig Williams (11-14 over last three games) and Hank Thorns who is making 3.2 three-pointers per game in Mountain West play.

Thorns went down early in the Boise State game with a sprained ankle, but he returned after a trip to the locker room with head trainer Chris Hall.

The sprain was bad enough to hinder Thorns' effectiveness for the remainder of the ball game.

Also of note this week is freshman guard Kyan Anderson's illness that has left him under the weather. He is expected to play tonight in Colorado Springs.

To stop the Falcons, TCU must focus on slowing down their junior guard Michael Lyons who leads Air Force in scoring at 16 points per game. That scoring average places Lyons second in the conference in points per game.

Amric Fields, Hank Thorns, and Craig Williams have all had high scoring games to lead the Frogs recently. To get a very important win on the road, Jim Christian may need more than just one of the three to step up tonight.

Air Force's plodding style should keep the game low scoring, but TCU must win the game with consistency of effort on the defensive end.

The game will be televised tonight at 6 PM on the Mountain Network. The Frogs return home this Saturday to play New Mexico at Daniel Meyer Coliseum.


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