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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.
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.
Coaches: Steve Alford (head), Craig Neal, Duane Broussard, Drew Adams
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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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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.
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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!
72 Eagle Driver
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falconfanatic1 wrote: Eagle 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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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.GoFalcs