1. AIR FORCE’S ENERGY
Falcons coach Jeff Reynolds was disappointed that his team played with “no energy” in Saturday’s loss to TCU. They’ll need plenty of energy to have a chance against a Colorado State team that has won three of its past four and beat Air Force by 22 points Jan. 9. The Falcons’ energy level will depend somewhat on the team’s health. Several players have the flu, including freshman starter Michael Lyons, who was on bed rest and did not attend class Monday.
2. CSU F ANDY OGIDE
The 6-foot-9 junior has averaged 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds in the Rams’ past four games. In the Rams’ first meeting with Air Force, Ogide scored 11 of his game-high 13 points in the second half. “Ogide is playing the best basketball he’s played since he’s been at Colorado State,” Reynolds said.
3. WILL THE FALCONS STAND UP TO THE RAMS?
Colorado State is big and strong, specifically inside. In the teams’ previous meeting, the Rams out-rebounded Air Force 32-26, scored 11 second-chance points and tallied 30 points in the paint. “We’ve got to handle their physicality,” Reynolds said. “They’re a very physical team. They really bump and grind and make it hard for you to cut on the offensive side of the ball. So we’ve got to do a better job than we did at their place.”
Quote to Note: “As I told (the players Sunday) night, after our film session, ‘Guys, you can’t feel sorry for yourself. You’ve got to put your head down and continue to grind it. This is the hand we’re dealt and we’ve got to continue to work our butts off and get better.’” –Air Force coach Jeff Reynolds.
Note to Quote: Air Force’s opponent has shot a better percentage from the floor in eight consecutive games. In MWC games, Air Force has made 170-of-416 shots (40.9 percent). The Falcons’ opponents have combined to make 205-of-425 shots (48.2 percent).