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Air Force loses 81-58 to #15/16 NM

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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:55 AM

Air Force loses 81-58 to #15/16 NM 


Here we go...big week for the Falcons.

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Preview: Air Force (14-6/5-2) vs #20 New Mexico (19-3/6-1)


A Cinderella story in the making or a nightmare? Following a successful win over San Diego State, Air Force goes on the road to play New Mexico at the Pit. The Falcons have matched up well with recent opponents, with team such as San Diego State, Fresno State and Wyoming, all of these teams being a more of a guard and forward team with no true big men. The Nightmare possibility comes with New Mexico, a team with not 1 but 2 big men who play at the center position and bring size and ability to NM's lineup. The last team we played with this type of makeup was Colorado's State and we all know how that came out.

With New Mexico, Air Force will be faced with an opponent that scores well from the inside and outside. They have multiple players having the ability to shoot the 3 or drive the lane creating shots of the bounce. To go with their back court they have a front court that is not only strong on the inside and the glass but also has the ability to shoot the 6 to 10 foot shot. On defense, New Mexico can pressure full court and clog the lane. It will be incumbent on the Falcons to take care of the ball, committing minimal turnovers to win this game.


AF FG 48.4% FT 71% (83%MWC) 3Pt 39.4% Reb 31 Ast 16 Stl 8 Blk 2 TO 12


NM FG 41.6%. FT 71% (69%MWC) 3pt 34.4% Reb 35 Ast 14 Stl 7
Blk 4 TO 13



New Mexico has a veteran group of players and, like Air Force, goes deep into the bench with 8 players averaging double minutes (as compared to the Falcons with 10 players with double minutes and two more with 8.5mpg each). They will pressure the Falcons on defense, often using full or 3/4 court pressure. They are quick and they are long in the way they play and will attempt to disrupt Air Force in the lane. They play stingy on the offensive end where they will try to exploit the size advantage over the Falcons as did CSU. They are led in the backcourt by Kendall Williams (6'4"/185#/Jr G/13.8ppg/35mpg/41%FG/80%FT/33%3pt), Tony Snell (6'7"/200#/Jr G/11.8ppg/30mpg/40%Fg/83%FT/37%3pt) and Hugh Greenwood (6'3"/205#/So G/7.8ppg/28mpg/5rpg/43%FG/62%FT/36%3pt. Greenwoods numbers do not relect the impact he has had in recent games to include 15pts on 4-5 from the arc in their last game.



NM went big in their last game starting both Alex Kirk at the center (7'0"/250#/So/11ppg/28mpg/7rpg/48%FG/73%Ft/28%#pt) and at forward Cameron Bairstow (6'9"/250#/Jr/8ppg/20mpg/5rpg/45%FG/74%FT) and I would expect them to do the same versus Air Force unless they are worried about AF's cuts and quickness, then they may go with only one big to start. Note the big man Kirk is not afraid to shot outside the lane and has made 8/29 3's this season (as compared to AF's center Taylor Broekhuis (6'10"/220#Sr C/41% 3pt (11-27). Strong play for the Lobo's off the bench include Chad Adams (6'6"/190#/Sr G-F/6ppg/23mpg/4rpg/48%FG/86%FT/48%3pt), Demetrius Walker (6'2"/190#/Jr G/5ppg/16mpg)and Jamal Fenton (5'9"/170#/Sr G/4ppg/15mpg).



Keys for Air Force's success against New Mexico:


1) Similar to playing against UNLV Air Force must find a way to limit the New Mexico big man from scoring and rebounding. both of New Mexico centers will get there point but they must be limited and not take over the game.


2) Just like with San Diego Air Force must try to go into the lane. Even good teams cannot always shoot the long ball as well as the Falcons did in the win over San Diego State. they must continue to go inside out looking for the shot and or getting fouled or then kicking the ball out for an uncontested 3.


3) Unlike San Diego State, New Mexico has a more consistent ability to shoot well from the perimeter. San Diego State was hampered with their best outside shooting guards not at 100 percent. New Mexico is healthy and therefore their perimeter shooters are a threat. While stopping the inside big men of New Mexico will be a priority, rotating to the perimeter is a must. While you cannot compare past games, Air Force will note what San Diego State did successfully in their home win over the Lobo's and try to exploit some of the same weaknesses. But note that since that game NM has shot much better from the perimeter.


4) Air Force must have strong play again from the bench as shown in the San Diego State game. The depth of the Air Force bench has been a strength with them not only giving good playing minutes but they are getting more points off the bench each and every game.


5) Maybe the biggest key: Air Force must play their game on not let New Mexico dictate the style of play or the tempo. Keep running the offense. Keep cutting across the lane. Be physical and look for the best shot.


Big week for the Falcons and big weekend in the MWC.


Air Force (5-2) at New Mexico (6-1)
Boise State(3-4) at San Diego State (4-3)
UNLV (4-3) at Fresno State (1-6)
CSU (5-2) at Nevada (2-5)
Wyoming (2-6)non-conference at CSU Bakersfield

BEAT NEW MEXICO

GO FALCONS

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Posted: 2/4/2013 1:57 PM

Re: Preview: Air Force (14-6/5-2) vs #20 New Mexico (19-6/6-1) 


hoops.gifWe went home and watched #15 UNM vs Nevada Saturday afternoon after our win over SDSU. Lobos did not look that good and with a couple minutes left, only then, did they start pulling away. The Lobo crowd really was not a factor and final score did not reflect how close it was. Air Force definitely has the ability to get the win in the Pit! I believe we'll match up with them fairly well and if we can hold down their 3 point shooting and keep our mistakes to a minimum it will come down to the wire. Should be a great game on ROOT sports.
Go Air Force!!!
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Posted: 2/4/2013 2:48 PM

Re: Preview: Air Force (14-6/5-2) vs #20 New Mexico (19-6/6-1) 


New Mexico is 19-3 overall not 19-6. Can't wait for Wednesday's game!!
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Posted: 2/5/2013 9:01 AM

RE: Preview: Air Force (14-6/5-2) vs #20 New Mexico (19-6/6-1) 


I watched NV play NM last Saturday after the Falcon game, and it was not surprising that Nevada had a good game. Their offensive motion is similar to NM's so both teams "knew" each other pretty well. NM pulled away at the end becuase they had a longer bench.

I don't look for NM to go big against the Falcons. That would put one of the NM bigs on Fitz, and he'll eat them for lunch. This game isn't about the NM defense, it's about the Falcon offense. The Falcons need to cut hard going through the lane and as LTC says, work inside out.

On defense, the Falcons need to use all three of thier defensive sets, 1-2-2, matchup, and even 2-3 if NM goes big. Alford is a good coach. Coach P needs to be one step ahead of him all night, by not letting NM get into any kind of rythmn against one defensive set.

Wow, the Falcons haven't won in the Pit since the Tim Anderson days in 2008. It would be a great time to get the second upset (third if you count Wyo) of the season.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 11:20 AM

Re: Preview: Air Force (14-6/5-2) vs #20 New Mexico (19-6/6-1) 


hoops.gifWow! Double wow! The Pit, one of the greatest basketball venues in the nation, will surely be amped up for our Falcons. And we're playing for first place. With 18,000 rabid Lobo fans shouting "Everyone's a Lobo - Wolf, Wolf, Wolf", in the Pit, on TV, what more could a fan, player, or coach want. Bring it on. GO FALCONS! Beat the Lobos.
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Posted: 2/5/2013 12:30 PM

RE: Preview: Air Force (14-6/5-2) vs #20 New Mexico (19-6/6-1) 


Turnovers will be critical in this game. UNM is especially tough at home when they create live ball turnovers for easy run-out scores. UNM is the best in the league at forcing turnovers and AFA is the 7th ranked team in the MWC in offensive turnover %. Put UNM in the halfcourt and you have a chance if they're not making perimeter shots.

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I watched NV play NM last Saturday after the Falcon game, and it was not surprising that Nevada had a good game. Their offensive motion is similar to NM's so both teams "knew" each other pretty well. NM pulled away at the end becuase they had a longer bench.

I don't look for NM to go big against the Falcons. That would put one of the NM bigs on Fitz, and he'll eat them for lunch. This game isn't about the NM defense, it's about the Falcon offense. The Falcons need to cut hard going through the lane and as LTC says, work inside out.

On defense, the Falcons need to use all three of thier defensive sets, 1-2-2, matchup, and even 2-3 if NM goes big. Alford is a good coach. Coach P needs to be one step ahead of him all night, by not letting NM get into any kind of rythmn against one defensive set.

Wow, the Falcons haven't won in the Pit since the Tim Anderson days in 2008. It would be a great time to get the second upset (third if you count Wyo) of the season.

72 Eagle Driver

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Posted: 2/5/2013 6:32 PM

Re: Gameday: Air Force (14-6/5-2) vs #20 New Mexico (19-3/6-1) 


  1. Gameday news and matchups stats for Air Force vs New Mexico plus recap from the weekend and around the MWC.  

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BEAT NEW MEXICO


GO FALCONS

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Posted: 2/6/2013 6:46 AM

Re: Gameday: Air Force (14-6/5-2) vs #20 New Mexico (19-3/6-1) 


Gameday......BEAT NEW MEXICO


Difficult road ahead for Air Force, starting at 'The Pit'Air Force men's basketball is at its best when it feels slighted, when someone else’s doubt stirs within it a rabid underdog complex. So maybe this stretch of five road contests over the Falc...Full story


Stevens: This Isn't Your Granddad's Air Force Princeton
The Falcons invade the Lobos' Pit with a Princeton offense that can light up the scoreboard

By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com

Maybe Lobo Coach Steve Alford should make UNM track Coach Joe Franklin an honorary assistant for the Air Force Falcons' invasion of The Pit. Joe can bring the relay batons.

"I hope it's a track meet," said Alford.

Alford probably will get his wish. The Falcons will step into The Pit behind their Princeton offense and a matchup zone that traditionally slows down the game and reduces possessions.

But not this year.

This Princeton flow the Falcons will try to use to form a logjam atop the Mountain West standing is about as slow as a Joe Franklin sprinter. These Fly Boys can run. Air Force averages 72.8 points to 67.5 for UNM. They have launched 166 treys to UNM's 134.

The Lobos might have to pick it up a step. That's fine with Alford and his No. 15/16 ranked Lobos.

"We want them to run more," said Alford. "That's the way we want to play. They do good things in transition. I think we do good things in transition."

The scenario at the halfway mark of the Mountain West run has a few unexpected twists as Air Force tries to join UNM on the top rung.

SOME KEY STATS
HomeAwayTotal
Air Force
(14-6, 5-2 MW)
10-14-514-6
New Mexico
(19-3, 6-1 MW)
11-18-219-3
Team Leaders
Air ForceNew Mexico
PointsM. Lyons 18.1K. Williams 13.8
ReboundsM. Lyons 4.6A. Kirk 7.3
AssistsT. Fletcher 4.0K. Williams 4.5
FT %M. Lyons .735T. Snell .833
FG %M. Lyons .474A. Kirk .483
Team Statistics
Air Force
New Mexico
PTS72.867.5
Pts-Defense65.561.2
FG %.484.416
FG-Defense.440.397
Reb-MarginMinus 1.2Plus 2.3
TO-MarginPlus 3.05Plus 1.23

Where are the UNLV Rebels and the San Diego State Aztecs?

The 19-3 Lobos are 6-1 in league play and guaranteed a spot at the top -- win or lose Wednesday. Air Force is 5-2 as is Colorado State. UNLV and SDSU are 4-3. Boise State is hanging around at 3-4.

UNM, Air Force and CSU are all 4-0 at home in league games. UNM is the only Mountain team with a winning mark on the road (2-1). CSU has a tough test Wednesday at Nevada.

"That's a good position for us to be battling for on Wednesday night," Alford said of making the turn with a two-game lead over several contenders. "These guys have done some special things."

The Lobos might have to do some special things Wednesday against Air Force. Ditto for the Falcons. It's not easy to win in The Pit and Air Force is 2-30 in The Pit.

"They haven't had success (in The Pit) and that's our goal, to keep that success away from them," said Alford, whose Lobos beat Air Force by 69 points in the two regular-season games of 2012.

But these are not the 2012 Falcons.

They shoot the ball at a Mountain West leading .484 clip paced by Michael Lyons with an 18.1 average. "He's a unique player. There are so many ways he can beat you," said Alford. "That's what makes him a special player."

Air Force's Todd Fletcher has a 10.1 average, Mike Fitzgerald is at 9.5 and Taylor Broekhuis scores at a 9.3 clip. Fletcher runs the show with 79 assists.

The Falcons are not real strong inside, but they can damage you from long range. Lyons and Fletcher each have 36 treys and Air Force is No. 2 in the MW with a .394 percentage from beyond the line. UNM is No. 5 at .344.

"The 3-point line is a concern but they can still post, they can still drive," said Alford. "There are a lot of things with that Princeton that you have to take away."

If the Falcons are hot Wednesday from long range, that will be huge for Air Force on several levels. First, they need to score over a nasty UNM defense that gets nastier as you near the rim. Second, if the Falcons are hot from the outside, that opens the door for Falcons to drive and backcut off screens.

The Princeton is easier to defend when the 3-point line is not much of a threat. This Air Force team makes it a threat and UNM's defense was torched a bit from long range both by Nevada and Wyoming.

"When you are playing a senior-led team, that's a dangerous team," said Alford. "I think they are playing looser. They seem to be having a little bit more fun and they are a year older."

The Falcons do a lot of things well. They look for and find open teammates. They usually hit shots. They take care of the ball and top the Mountain in assists-to-turnovers ratio. They are not dominating inside in big-man production or board work. UNM has that edge.

"We want to go inside," said Alford. "That's not a secret. Teams should know we want to play inside-out. That's where we are our best."

The UNM scoring leaders outside are Kendall Williams at 13.8 points per game and Tony Snell at 11.8. The 7-foot Alex Kirk is the main target inside with his 11.0 average. Kirk hauls down 7.3 boards per game.

A win Wednesday over Air Force is huge for another reason: The Lobos will open the second half of the MW race Saturday at UNLV.

Kory Alford



NEW MEXICO LOBOS 2012-13 ROSTER/STATISICS
Probable StartersHTPositionSeason Statistics
10 - Kendall Williams6-3Guard14.0 Pts. - 4.5 Asts.
21 - Tony Snell6-7Wing11.8 Pts. - 2.7 Asts.
53- Alex Kirk7-0Center11.0 Pts. - 7.3 Rebs.
03 - Hugh Greenwood6-3Guard7.8 Pts. - 5.4 Rebs.
04 - Chad Adams6-6Forward5.7 Pts. - 3.8 Rebs.
The NM BenchHTPositionSeason Statistics
13 - Jamal Fenton5-9Guard4.3 Pts. - 1.2 Asts.
40 - Demetrius Walker6-2Guard5.1 Pts. - 1.2 Rebs.
41 - Cameron Bairstow6-9Post8.0 Pts. - 4.7 Rebs.
01 - Cleveland Thomas6-3Guard1.0 Pts. - 0.8 Rebs.
23 - Nick Banyard6-8Forward1.0 Pts. - 1.6 Rebs.
02 - Chris Perez6-1Guard1.0 Pts. - 0.0 Rebs.
24 - Kory Alford6-4Guard0.1 Pts. - 0.1 Rebs.

Coaches: Steve Alford (head), Craig Neal, Duane Broussard, Drew Adams

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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:39 AM

RE: Gameday: Air Force (14-6/5-2) vs #20 New Mexico (19-3/6-1) 


The Falcons still aren't getting much respect.

Falcon Beat has Air Force as an 11 point dog; Ken Pom a 9 point dog with only 22% chance of winning (same percentage as before the Falcons' win Saturday vs SDSU), and the Vegas wise guys have the Falcons at -8.

The way I see it, the Falcons are playing with house money. Even at 5-2 in the MWC, no one is expecting them to win. I'm sure that Steve Alford will have the Lobos ready to play, but hey, why not two in a row against ranked teams!

OK, on my way to ABQ.

72 Eagle Driver

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Posted: 2/6/2013 6:20 PM

RE: Gameday: Air Force (14-6/5-2) vs #20 New Mexico (19-3/6-1) 


Great story on the matchup tonight.............

New Mexico-Air Force: One of the season's most interesting battles

In the locker-room concourse ringing the courtside level at Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium last Wednesday, Steve Alford and several of his New Mexico Lobos were quietly deconstructing their latest conquest. A few minutes earlier, they had closed out a taut, four-point win over the homestanding Cowboys, but the Lobos presented the business-as-usual air of a program that's won a lot of games in this hypercompetitive league over the last several years.............Three days later, a much fresher scene unfolded underneath Clune Arena's bleachers after Air Force edged San Diego State for just the program's third-ever win over a ranked opponent. The victory moved the team to a surprising 5-2 in the league, and the postgame press conference was a funny mix of self-deprecation and earnestness. When a reporter started things off by asking why the Falcons match up so well with the Aztecs, whom they also defeated at Clune Arena last season, the three players spent a full six seconds awkwardly looking at each other before senior guard Todd Fletcher turned and sheepishly replied, "Do we match up well?".......
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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:00 PM

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Mercy if we could have hit half of our inside shots tonight...
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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:41 PM

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We easily missed a dozen lay-ups--some forced, some not so much.  Turnovers were key in the second half, too, and we didn't shoot well from the line.  this could've been a MUCH closer game if TF isn't stone cold and we just hit the lay-ups.  Really surprised that we faded sooooo badly after closing to within 6.
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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:45 PM

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More in morning....tough loss for AF...got it down to a six point game middle of second half but a 1-1, FT made, FT miss but rebond by NM and then a 3 point shot....4 points swing (or six if we had scored) made all the difference....from the AP

No. 15 New Mexico 81, Air Force 58

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Jamal Fentonscored all five of his points in a late surge for No. 15 New Mexico to help the Lobos beat Air Force 81-58 on Wednesday.

With New Mexico (20-3, 7-1 Mountain West) leading 57-51, Fenton started a 14-1 run with a time-clock beating, turnaround floater from the lane.

All five Lobos' starters finished in double figures, with Tony Snell, Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirkall scoring 14 points.


Bairstow added nine rebounds and Kirk had eight to help the Lobos control the boards with a 39-24 advantage, including 13-4 on the offensive side.

Those two players also helped New Mexico to a 30-16 scoring edge in the paint and a 14-2 edge on second-chance points.


Mike Fitzgerald and Michael Lyonseach scored 16 points for the Falcons (14-7, 5-3).

Air Force used a 9-3 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Kyle Greenwith 9:15 remaining before New Mexico took off on its big run.

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hoops.gifAs Coach Silvey said in the his postgame remarks, we didn't bring our "A" game tonight. 'Nuff said. We know our Falcons can play better than what we showed at the Pit last night. On to Nevada who lost a close one to CSU for another conference Victory. GO FALCONS! Beat the Wolfpack.
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Posted: 2/7/2013 9:39 AM

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I did not see the game and the "encounters" discussed by the Gazette this morning.

There seems to be a growing situation of mixing a "winning is everything" coach (Alford), a crowd of Lobo basketball nuts , three technical fouls, and then a pouring-it-on attitude with a group of officials cooperating in calling excessive fouls for a 23 point difference  at the end.

i really would like to hear from a reasonable Lobo observer of the game with his comments.
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fzimo wrote: I did not see the game and the "encounters" discussed by the Gazette this morning.

There seems to be a growing situation of mixing a "winning is everything" coach (Alford), a crowd of Lobo basketball nuts , three technical fouls, and then a pouring-it-on attitude with a group of officials cooperating in calling excessive fouls for a 23 point difference  at the end.

i really would like to hear from a reasonable Lobo observer of the game with his comments.
Nothing of the sort.  The Ts were called correctly:  If we don't react, there only would have been one, minor one.  As it was, we got a gift second T when their guy who was trying to break up the scuffle got nailed.

The refs, rightly, tightened it up after that.

Steve Alford is a real jerk but he had nothing to do with "running it up".  We missed tons of easy/ open shots after the encounter AND turned the ball over like crazy. They didn't.  And the game got away.

We were much closer than the final score looks.  Move on.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:28 PM

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fzimo wrote: I did not see the game and the "encounters" discussed by the Gazette this morning.

There seems to be a growing situation of mixing a "winning is everything" coach (Alford), a crowd of Lobo basketball nuts , three technical fouls, and then a pouring-it-on attitude with a group of officials cooperating in calling excessive fouls for a 23 point difference  at the end.

i really would like to hear from a reasonable Lobo observer of the game with his comments.

Fzimo, 

 

Most of the crowd had absolutely no clue what was happened either, until they saw Steve Alford, accompanied by a couple of NM coaches, charge to center court where Steve Snell was yelling at someone.  Our seats were so far away from the action that it was impossible to tell if Snell was yelling at Fenton or the referees because of the elbow that Fenton threw in the bumping contest with Green. 

But after the refs got Alford and company back in the neighborhood of his bench, they had to look at the monitor, before they even started handing out the technical fouls, since none of the observant crew of Hal Lusk, Shawn Lehigh or Brad Gaston saw what took place in real time. 

However, that was a common theme for most of the night when the Falcons were getting held in going down the lane, or fouled on the way to the rim with no calls.  After that, Alford had 4 of his first 6 players on the floor at the end of the game to make a point to the Falcons and the pollsters by running the score up.  I hope the Falcons don’t forget when the Lobos come to Air Force on the 9th of March. 


From the Gazette:

"The skirmish that led to three technical fouls and a nearly 5-minute stoppage in play started when the Lobos’ Jamal Fenton and Air Force’s Kyle Green bumped into each other while leaving the court for a timeout. Both were assessed technical fouls.

“We just bumped into each other running off, it wasn’t that big a deal,” Green said. “I don’t fault him. We just ran into each other.”

But the confrontation was only beginning. New Mexico coaches felt Air Force assistant Steve Snell yelled at Fenton, prompting Lobos coach Steve Alford and several on his staff to come after Snell.

<72 Eagle Comment: No mention by Steve Alford of the intentional elbow thrown by Fenton, so his next comment, IMHO, is total bush league.>

"The exchange of coaches came just because we had heard an assistant talk to one of our guys,” Alford said. “I'm not going to sit back and let that happen. I think that kind of made things get a little bit escalated and heated."

<72 Eagle Comment: So let me get this straight Stevo, you can defend your player, but Steve Snell is out of bounds defending his player after he takes an elbow from one of your guys.  Oh that’s right, you are the great, National Champion, Mr. Indiana Basketball, Steve Alford.  My apologies “Your Greatness.”>

New Mexico’s Kendall Williams also received a technical foul during the tense exchange.

Such a confrontation was bound to happen with the way things on the floor had transpired." ...

 

The referee crew missed a number of call on both sides before that incident, but the missed calls were going about 3 to 1 against Air Force. 

 

Here are the worst of the worst:

 

- DeLovell Earls getting steamrolled in the early first half by a Lobo (I think Alex Kirk . . . once again, tough to tell from the nose bleed section) driving down the lane.  No charging call of course.

 

- Justin Hammonds called for a foul on a long rebound that he screened a NM player from getting the long rebound eventually chased down by Todd Fletcher.  Doesn’t Hammonds know that only NM can get an offensive rebound!

 

- The holding call on Todd Fletcher in the second half at 4:35 when Fenton clearly hooked Fletcher while trying to dribble back to the top of the key from the high wing.

 

- The touch foul on Todd when he a NM player was dribbling from left to right across the top of the key (note: The Falcons got bumped by NM every time they went across the top of the key for 40 minutes with no call.

 

OK the refs didn’t win the game for NM, but they sure can’t be credited for helping the Falcons, even a little bit.  I’m with you Fzimo, it seems that Lusk, Lehigh and Gaston were afraid to make a call against the Lobos, because they might ensue the wrath of the “His Greatness” or the Lobo crowd.  If Steve Snell wouldn’t have defended Kyle Green at 6:55 to go in the second half, they would have let that go too.



In response to Stalag's post:
“We easily missed a dozen lay-ups--some forced, some not so much.”  Nope, the Falcons only missed 10 layups (and made 7).

But that was only part of the problem.  On the NM post game, the scout coach said the Lobo game plan was to guard the three point line aggressively and force the Falcons into the NM bigs.  Even with that, most of the Falcons misses from three were open looks that they just didn’t make.
 

The Falcons did get into the lane, and had a number of shots in the vicinity of the rim, but they are going to have to stop altering their shots after they go up.  If they go strong to the rim, they may < but not last night> get the call, but if they continue to do the circus dipsy-do, no ref will ever call a foul on the defender.  The zebras last night only gave the Falcons one call in the lane, and that was a butterfly touch foul on Greenwood with about a minute left when Tre sliced down the left side of the lane. 

 

The Falcons didn’t play a great game last night.  However, that was not the team that beat SDSU the previous Saturday.  It’s time to put last night’s game in the past and beat Nevada in Reno on Saturday.  That is a much bigger game for the Falcons. 

 

Don’t worry Falcons, you and the rest of the Falcon fans will get our shot at “His Greatness” and the Lobos on 9 March! 

 

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hoops.gifEagle it looked the same on TV as it did from your vantage point in the nose bleed section. Somehow, someway we've got to quit regurgitating those ridiculous "circus" shots from mid-riange and when we go to the basket. I don't know where these shot antics come from but they do not get us anything except a transition to the promise land for the opponent. And "circus" shots are not something we do in practices as the coaches do not tolerate it. Yea verily.... I'm reminded of one other egregious non-call that occurred when Bairstow who was camped out in the lane flat out pushed Kyle Green to the floor for an easy under the basket two pointer. I didn't know you could just literally thrust your body into the opponent knocking him to the floor and score unmolested. But it happened. Wow! Oh well, it didn't decide the game. By the way, the TV folks replayed over and over the Green - Fenton incident at mid court. It appeared Fenton purposedly bumped into Green as he was leaving the court during a timeout. Unless some trash talking took place, the bump did not appear to be reason for the resulting technical onslaught.
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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:27 PM

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falconfanatic1 wrote: hoops.gifEagle it looked the same on TV as it did from your vantage point in the nose bleed section. Somehow, someway we've got to quit regurgitating those ridiculous "circus" shots from mid-riange and when we go to the basket. I don't know where these shot antics come from but they do not get us anything except a transition to the promise land for the opponent. And "circus" shots are not something we do in practices as the coaches do not tolerate it. Yea verily.... I'm reminded of one other egregious non-call that occurred when Bairstow who was camped out in the lane flat out pushed Kyle Green to the floor for an easy under the basket two pointer. I didn't know you could just literally thrust your body into the opponent knocking him to the floor and score unmolested. But it happened. Wow! Oh well, it didn't decide the game. By the way, the TV folks replayed over and over the Green - Fenton incident at mid court. It appeared Fenton purposedly bumped into Green as he was leaving the court during a timeout. Unless some trash talking took place, the bump did not appear to be reason for the resulting technical onslaught.
We were sitting on an angle to Fenton, and it looked like an elbow from the nose bleed section, vice just a bump.  But heck, we were so far away, I couldn't tell you for sure who the refs were until after the game and I looked it up on line!

I forgot the Bairstow "charge-no call" in the second half.  That was a good one too. No one else around to block the line of sight.  Bairstow pushed off with a forearm before using his body to flatten Green.  Looked good to me!  Don't want to get "His Greatness" mad at the officials!

In my previous rant, I forgot to mention that there was a bright spot last night.  "The Big O" really played a good game.  I thought his defense was solid battling the NM bigs.  He has good footwork, and he gets to the corner on matchup "quick, fast and in a hurry."  We know he can shoot the three.  If he develops that quick first step, ala Nick Welch, he's going to add a whole new dimension to the Falcon offense.  I don't know who was AOG POG, but he would get my vote. 

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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:56 PM

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GoFalcs wrote:
fzimo wrote: I did not see the game and the "encounters" discussed by the Gazette this morning.

There seems to be a growing situation of mixing a "winning is everything" coach (Alford), a crowd of Lobo basketball nuts , three technical fouls, and then a pouring-it-on attitude with a group of officials cooperating in calling excessive fouls for a 23 point difference  at the end.

i really would like to hear from a reasonable Lobo observer of the game with his comments.
Nothing of the sort.  The Ts were called correctly:  If we don't react, there only would have been one, minor one.  As it was, we got a gift second T when their guy who was trying to break up the scuffle got nailed.

The refs, rightly, tightened it up after that.

Steve Alford is a real jerk but he had nothing to do with "running it up".  We missed tons of easy/ open shots after the encounter AND turned the ball over like crazy. They didn't.  And the game got away.

We were much closer than the final score looks.  Move on.

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Disagree Go Falcs,

Alford was running it up.  He had Greenwood, Kirk, Williams and Bairstow on the floor up until 1:41 and the score was 77-56.  The game was actually "statistically over" at 3:09 when the score was 73-54.

"Statistically over" is a formula that some computer wiz figured out that involves the differential in score and the number of seconds left in the game.  He ran the numbers of 10,000+ games and it's never been wrong.

Reference your comment that the refs tightened it up after the Green - Fenton incident.  I totally disagree with that, too.  NM only wound up with 9 fouls for the half, and they got two of those on the technicals. 

The refs only called Kirk for a foul with 2:54 and the "butterfly" foul on Greenwood at 1:20.  That's not tightening down in my opinion.  On the contrary, the Falcons got 4 more fouls after the Green-Fenton incident. 

If the refs tightened down on anyone, it was against the Falcons.  Remember, NM was in the bonus at 14:30 left in the second half when Tre collected the Falcons' 7th foul of the half.   

In my opinion, the refs were intimidated the entire night; first by the crowd early, and then by "His Greatness" storming the court during the Green-Fenton incident.  I can't prove that of course, but that is sure the way it looked, and the stats support it.  


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