Air Force Vs. TCU Preview: Falcons Look For Third Straight Victory

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 21: Mike Fitzgerald #5 of the Air Force Falcons shoots the ball over Jamaal Franklin #21 of the San Diego State Aztecs during the second half of the game at Viejas Arena on January 21, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

The Falcons can keep their strong play under interim head coach Dave Pilipovich going with a victory over the Horned Frogs on Wednesday night.

Since taking over the Air Force Falcons on February 8, interim head coach Dave Pilipovich has led the Falcons to a 2-1 record, the most recent of which was a thrilling 58-56 home victory over the San Diego State Aztecs, who were ranked No. 15 at the time. At 13-11 (3-7), Air Force has little shot to make the 2012 NCAA Tournament unless they win the Mountain West Tournament, but they still have a few major games on the ledger.

The Falcons still have two games versus ranked opponents (The UNLV Rebels and New Mexico Lobos) remaining, but before then they'll take on the TCU Horned Frogs at home on Wednesday night. TCU themselves are no slouch though, and at 15-11 (5-5) they sit above the Falcons at fifth in the conference standings. But the Horned Frogs haven't won a conference road game all season— in fact, they haven't won a road game since they defeated the Evansville Aces in early December— which is good news for an Air Force team that may be finding its groove on its home court after taking down the Aztecs there.

Game date/time: February 22, 2012, 6:00 p.m. MT

Location: Clune Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo.

TV: The MTN

Odds: Air Force by 2

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