|The Falcons really miss Lyons and his scoring touch.|
Statistically, as you would expect, it has been pretty grim. Defensively, they've been giving up over an adjusted 1.1 points per possession, while averaging over 16 turnovers per game on offense. Overall, it's a profile of a team that struggles inside and against athleticism. They get less than 43% of their points from two-pointers, and have been blocked 30 times already.
The current roster revolves around a trio that has started every game this season, and who have combined to average 44 points per game. Guards Tre' Coggins and Max Yon run the backcourt. The sophomore Coggins is the primary point, and rarely leaves the court. Why would he, when he's the team's best scorer (over 17 points per game)? Yon, a 6-4 junior, is a nice compliment from the two-spot, and can attack the rim. Up front, 6-9 junior forward Marek Olesinski is good at stretching defenses.
|Coggins is trying to step into the do-it-all shoes of Lyons.|
I know the Cadets, much like CSU, would make their season with a win over the Buffs, so expect their best shot, but I have a hard time seeing a competitive game Saturday. Air Force just isn't good this season. The only things that make me pause is the fact that any road game in college sports is difficult, and that Colorado may be looking ahead to bigger games against bigger names next week. Still, if the Buffs struggle throughout the 40, or even, God forbid, lose this one, there's something seriously wrong. I expect a double-digit victory.
Tip-off from Clune Arena in Colorado Springs is set for 2pm on Saturday. Coverage can be found on something called the Mountain West Network, with the radio call on 760 AM. For those wondering, yes, the Mtn. is still dead and buried. The Mountain West Network is what they're calling their digital streaming these days. Unfortunately, much like the Mtn, it's underfunded and poorly designed. Try this link at game time and see what you find.
GO BUFFS! PROVE ME RIGHT, AND BEAT THE FALCONS!