Around the Rim: Nevada at Air Force

Around the Rim: Nevada at Air Force

Two teams, the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Air Force Falcons, will matchup for the second time this season. Nevada won the first matchup in Reno 69-56 in OT, so the struggling Falcons will seek revenge.

Air Force Guard Tre' Coggins
The 6-2 sophomore did not play in the first matchup between these two teams. And the Falcons without arguably their best player pushed the game into overtime on the road. So now at home with Coggins (16.4ppg, 2.6rpg, and 2.9apg) back, the Falcons should have the upper hand. Coggins is the team's leading scorer, but is primarily a jump shooter that can shoot both off the dribble and off passes from his teammates. Coggins does not get to the line at a high rate, averaging only 3.4 free throws a game, so not letting Coggins get hot in his mid range will be important. Jerry Evans Jr. should start out on Coggins and use his length to bother the scorer. The bad news for Falcon fans and good new for Nevada fans is Coggins has struggled as of late, only scoring 12 total points in his last two games on 3-26 shooting. If Nevada's defense can do the same to Coggins Air Force could struggle on offense.

Air Force Forward Kamryn Williams
In the last matchup the Falcons as a team struggled shooting the ball, only making 18-63 (28.6%) field goal attempts and even worse shooting 6-35 (17%) from three. Nearly everyone struggled to score effectively. Despite the teams and his own shooting struggles Williams found ways to impact the game. He did only score 7 points on 3-10 shooting and 0-6 from three, but he did record 9 rebounds and 6 assists. His effect on the game was crucial for the Falcons to remain competitive in the game. So Saturday don't look for the obvious when it comes to Williams. He wont be flashy and he likely wont score 20+ points, but he could have a 10 point 7 rebound 4 assist game and that is exactly what Air Force wants out of this junior.

Nevada Center A.J. West
10 points on 3-3 shooting from the field, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks. This was West's stat line last time the Wolf Pack faced the Falcons. This is arguably the best stat line of his career. The only downside was his 4-11 shooting from the free throw line. How was West able to dominate this game? Air Force does not play a true center like West. So essentially West could dominate the offensive glass as well as control the paint on the defensive side of the ball. This mismatch will remain in place for this game on Saturday. Just using his height and style of play, West should have no problem getting a double double. If West is able to score effectively along side guards Deonte Burton and Cole Huff, Nevada should have no problem getting a win, even on the road.

Prediction
Air Force 69 Nevada 65

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