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Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by CVilleBuff, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    Air Force is 3-0:

    Army: W 87-71
    VMI: W 75-65
    Western State: W 65-37

    Picked 5th in the MWC preseason poll.

    Still coached by Jeff Reynolds, who took over when Bzdelik came to CU.

    Buffs are 17-3 all-time against the Falcons, including an 8-2 mark on the road. Most of us remember CU's last trip to Clune Arena, a 60-50 victory for the Buffs in Bzdelik's first season.

    Do we go in and beat a middle of the pack MWC team on the road at this point? They will have played only 1 game in the previous 11 days before facing the Buffs, so hopefully we can catch them rusty and build an early lead
     
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  2. RK

    RK UBL Club Member

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    Best way to get tix?
     
  3. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I just went through the online thing for the CU ticket office.

    Got 3 seats at center court (Section U20).

    [​IMG]

    I just need to go to the Will Call at Folsom on Monday or Tuesday.

    Rugged, Snow and I will be classing up the joint.
     
  4. RK

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    How much?
     
  5. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    $12 a ticket and then tax and they charged me an $8 will call fee.
     
  6. btbuff

    btbuff It's an inside joke Club Member

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    They use the same **** online ticket service, evenue, that CU does. Between now and the next hour I will find out what they are charging.
     
  7. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    Jealous of everyone that's able to attend. Hopefully we can get a good crowd in there to get the Buffs a W, I'm sure it'll be a full house. With UGA and @CSU coming up, we've got to find a way to get this one.

    As a side note, UGA faces Cal tomorrow in Kansas City. Will be a good early indicator on those two
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  8. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    I'll be on call for when you need bail.
     
  9. RK

    RK UBL Club Member

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    So I could save money by just getting it on the day of the game? Hmmm risky but I like risk.
     
  10. boulder77

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    I seriously doubt it will too close be a full house. First, AF has taken a huge step back in quality from the Scott and Bzz years. Even then, they didn't always pull a full house. Secondly, it is the night before Thanksgiving, so a lot of the "casual" fans most likely won't be there. However, I hope we can get a big CU presence and come home with a W.
     
  11. CVilleBuff

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    Yeah I wasn't even thinking about Thanksgiving when I said that :lol:. Just was thinking more along the lines of "two in-state teams in a small arena", but you're probably right. AFA certainly isn't a basketball school...hopefully CU fans can infiltrate the place. Be nice to have a nearly "neutral" atmosphere in there.

    As for AFA taking a step back in quality since the Bz days, agreed. However this should be their best season in 4 or 5 years. They've gone from 0-16, 1-15 to 6-10 in the MWC last year and should continue the upward trend
     
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  12. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    I went to the Wyo at AF game a few years ago, the first season Bzz was at CU. It was pretty dern crowded.
     
  13. jgisland

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    i don't know a lot about air force, but reading the blue ribbon report, basketball prospectus, looking at kenpom.com and statsheet.com it seems like CU should win this game. Air Force lacks experience and height, (although they do seem to do a good job of rebounding against inferior opponents this year). They play very slow but convert at a high rate, they seem to rebound on the defensive end well (#8 in the country well), shoot 2 pt fg% really well and shoot the 3 horribly.

    According to the numbers CU should win this game, this is a Maryland type game (even though CU didn't WIN), if CU plays good D, lets them huck up the 3 and hit they boards and all should work out.

    We'll see how it actually plays out
     
  14. CVilleBuff

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    It's a pretty crucial game, for sure, considering that this is the "easiest" opponent of this vital 3 game stretch of @AFA, Georgia, @ CSU. On paper CU should cruise to a win due to the talent gap. In reality however, this will be a CU team playing in its first true road game. AFA will be fired up at their shot to defeat the rare visit of the "power-conference" program to their home court in this intrastate matchup. The Falcons are going to play smart and do everything they can to out-hustle the Buffs. From the opening tip-off CU is going to have to have the mentality that they refuse to be out-hustled. Hopefully CU learned a valuable lesson about that from the Maryland game. This is likely AFA's best team in a few years (picked 5th in the MWC, will probably finish ~7-9 or even 8-8 in league play). Hopefully the Buffs can take care of business and use this W as the springboard they need to gain confidence, especially on the road. CU's win at Cal State Bakersfield last year wasn't a thing of beauty, but it was a breakthrough road win and provided the confidence CU needed to start strong in the BigXII, including a big win at KSU.

    Air Force is pretty unfamiliar to me, but they're 3-0: (Army 87-71, VMI 75-65, Western State 65-37). Hard to deduct much from that, but they're 41st in FG% at 49.7%, 116th in rebounds at 38.3, and interestingly they're 4th in assists at 21 per game. Looks like their best player is Jr. Guard Michael Lyons averaging 17ppg and 6 reb. Their scoring is extremely spread out with 4 guys averaging ~9ppg. They appear limited in terms of their post play. Jr. Taylor Broekhuis is their C, he's 6'10 but only 220 w/ 9ppg and 6rebs. Aside from Broekhuis it looks like they go pretty small, with only 1 guy at 6'6. Seems like it will be one of those rare matchups in which CU has the edge in the post.
     
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  15. RumblinBuff

    RumblinBuff That one blogging guy Club Member

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    I havent seen Air Force this year. However, if we want to go anywhere, we have to win these types of games. Plus we have an 8 game home stand coming up soon, if I read the schedule right? We could go 6-2 on that, we'd be in a good spot.
     
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  17. CVilleBuff

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    Yup, after the 11/30 game at CSU, the Buffs won't be on the road until a 1/12 game at Cal. 8 games, including 3 in the Pac
     
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    Likewise, don't know much about AFA, does anyone know if they are still running the princeton offense?? those back cuts and long range shots, we have to contest, otherwise could be ugly..... big D CU!!!!
     
  20. shang

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    Only reason I worry about this princeton offense, didn't BZ's team beat baylor a couple years ago here at CU and I think that same year either CU or DU(which also runs the princeton)or maybe both beat a much stronger and more athletic Cal St. Northridge....just a thought
     

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