Air Force’s past two home games have included a visit from a top Mountain West contender (Nevada) and a prospect projected to be taken in this year’s NBA Draft (UNLV’s Brandon McCoy).
It’ll get both of those with a visit from Boise State at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Led by do-everything senior Chandler Hutchison, the Broncos (17-4, 7-2 Mountain West) are sitting within a half game of the conference lead and are trying to construct a résumé worthy of an NCAA Tournament bid.
Hutchison is the main attraction. He’s averaging 19.9 points, 8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, which could make him the 15th player in NCAA Division I to go 19-8-3 in those categories in 25 years and join a group that includes Ben Simmons, Tim Duncan, Penny Hardaway and Jamal Mashburn.
Hutchison is averaging 25.2 points in Mountain West games, including a school-record 44 points in an 83-80 victory over San Diego State on Jan. 13 in front of a sold out home crowd.
Profiled by Sports Illustrated in a story that called him a “hidden gem” for the upcoming draft, Hutchison’s own coach Leon Rice was quoted as saying he’s “on a path to greatness.”
Air Force (8-11, 2-5) went 0-2 in those home games against Nevada and UNLV, hanging close until the closing moments. It then went on the road to notch wins over San Jose State and Colorado State before remaining idle over the weekend due to the government shutdown. It returned with a 71-49 loss at Utah State on Wednesday in which the outside shooting went cold.