Though the Air Force Falcons didn't find the postseason play that they had set out to earn at the beginning
of the 2013 season, they are hoping to bring into this new season the momentum of their final regular season game of 2013,
a brilliant upset of the first place New Mexico Lobos. The thrilling 89-88 victory before a sold out crowd is a sight that
Falcons fans won't soon forget, and they are hoping for a lot more of that during this upcoming season.
begin their non conference schedule with a slate of games played at Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, including a great matchup
against their instate rivals from the Pac 12, the Colorado Buffaloes, on November 30. The Buffaloes are improving every year,
building a tough non conference schedule, that includes the short trip down to Colorado Springs.
Starting off the New
Year, the Falcons will face the newest Mountain West Conference foe, the Utah State Aggies. On January 1, Falcons fans will
be treated to a duel with the Aggies, who are entering their first year in conference. The Aggies missed the NCAA Tournament
for just the first time in thirteen year in 2013, so they will definitely be looking to get on track against the Falcons.
the Falcons want to repeat the 2013 epic upset of one of the top teams in the conference, they have a shot when last year's
top team, the Colorado State Rams come to the Clune Arena on February 8. This exciting matchup will definitely pack the house
with enthusiastic Falcons fans.
Like almost every conference in the country, the Mountain West
Conference has seen some shifting in the last few years and as they teams head into the 2014 season, the conference is convinced
it is going to be one of the best yet. The Mountain West Conference added the San Jose State Spartans, adding another California
school to the profile, and the always strong Utah State Aggies. The Aggies have made the NCAA Tournament 13 out of the last
14 years, bringing a strong program to the fold. There is a potential for four teams to make the Big Dance this postseason,
with Boise State, Colorado State, University of Nevada Las Vegas and the New Mexico Lobos all looking to punch their ticket.
most of the top teams lost some of their top talent to graduation and the NBA, the Mountain West Conference is hoping that
recruiting and experience will help bolster the team's lineups. UNLV lost the #1 overall pick in the NBA draft, Anthony Bennett,by
the Cleveland Cavaliers, who was a freshman phenom in the Mountain West Conference in 2013. Also losing a top player to the
draft is the New Mexico Lobos, who saw star forward Tony Snell get drafted 20th overall by the Chicago Bulls. The Air Force
Falcons lost four of their five starters and will lean heavily on an extremely young roster. It is always a great selling
point for a conference when their players make it on NBA rosters, so the Mountain West Conference is quite excited by the
success of their student athletes at the next level.
In the state of Colorado, the most notable
college sport rivalry is the one that brews between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Colorado State Rams in college football.
The bitter rivalry enthralls the state every year when they meet in their non conference schedule. When it comes to college
basketball, with the Colorado Buffaloes now competing in the Pac 12 Conference, the hottest basketball rivalry has become
the one between the Air Force Falcons and the Colorado State Rams when they meet twice a year in the Mountain West Conference.
The rivalry has become known as the Front Range Rivalry, and with the strength of the Mountain West, these games can make
or break the teams season.
Over the years Air Force has had the more successful men's basketball program with the Falcons
being ranked 13 different times in the Top 25 to the Rams once in the last decade. Air Force also own the better winning percentage
of the last decade, but in head to head meetings, the Rams have the recent edge. Including a lopsided 79-40 victory over the
Falcons in January, the Rams are 8-2 vs their in state rivals over the last 10 meetings. You never know what can happen in
college basketball, so the Falcons can get revenge at any time.
The Air Force Falcons
have made the NCAA Tournament four times in its basketball program's history and most recently in 2006, when they lost in
the first round to the always tough University of Illinois Fighting Illini. In their four tournament appearances, the Falcons
have yet to advance to the next round, but as in their nature, the games are always a tough fight.
it comes to sports, the most famous Air Force Falcons alumni is one of the most successful and respected NBA coaches. As the
head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich has won four NBA Titles and been named Coach of the Year twice. He is
one of only 2 coaches to have 900 wins with the same team. Popovich attended the Air Force Academy from 1966-1970 and got
his first coaching job as an assistant at his alma mater in 1973, a post he held for six years.
the Air Force Falcons haven't won a game in their four trips to the NCAA Tournament, they have had success in the NIT Tournament,
where they made it to the Final Four in 2007 after three wins overAustin Peay,Georgia,DePaul andClemson.