It has been a really rough week for Wyoming without senior forward Leonard Washington. Without their top defender and scorer the Pokes had two very disappointing blowout losses to San Diego State and UNLV. The rest of the roster was not 100% either with Derrious Gilmore and Larry Nance Jr. both playing while ill. The Cowboys scored a combined 93 points last week. Back to back 20+ point losses will not do much to help the psyche of a team. Luckily things may be looking up as Leonard Washington practiced on Monday and Nance is feeling better. At full strength I believe Wyoming can compete with any team in the Mountain West.
Air Force may be in a tough situation if they are without star guard Michael Lyons. In a loss to Boise on Saturday Lyons was held to just 10 points on just 2 of 9 shooting. He has not practiced since that game and is nursing a sprained thumb. Lyons is a huge difference maker and one of the top shooters in the country. He scored 45 points in a nail biter where the Falcons were barely edged out by Colorado State. Even though he is in the Air Force, Lyons has his eyes set on the NBA.
No other Falcon averages double digits in scoring besides Lyons. The first time these teams met in the AA the Falcons came out firing and won 57-48. The leading scorer was 6-10 Taylor Broekhuis who hit three treys. The Falcons also utilized a 2-3 zone that gave the Wyoming offense fits.
Currently Air Force is a 4 point favorite over Wyoming. With Lyons healthy Air Force will certainly be strong favorites. If Leonard Washington is ready to go for Wyoming and Lyons is out then Wyoming could pick up a crucial win on the road.