Aug 31, 2011 7:57 PM by Lee Douglas/USAFA
USAFA, Colo. - Eight opponents that played in post-season tournaments last season, including a game at perennial NCAA Tournament participant Gonzaga, highlight the 2011-12 Air Force men's basketball schedule, released today by head coach Jeff Reynolds.
Air Force, coming off a 16-16 record last season, opens the regular season by hosting the first annual All-Military Classic Nov. 11-12 at Clune Arena. The Falcons will face service-academy rival Army in the season opener, while Citadel and VMI will play in the other first-round game. The third-place and championship games will be played on Saturday, Nov. 12. This is the first of a four-year contract for the tournament, with each school hosting once.
The Falcons renew their rivalry with the University of Colorado on Nov. 23 at Clune Arena. The two schools have not played since the 2007-08 campaign. Air Force's first road game is against Drake on Dec. 3 as part of the Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge Series. Three more games at Clune follow, Wright State (Dec. 7), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 10) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (Dec. 17).
The game at Gonzaga is scheduled for Dec. 22 and then the Falcons will travel to Santa Clara, Calif., to play in the Cable Car Classic Dec. 29-30. Air Force opens with Wagner, while Santa Clara and Eastern Michigan play in the other first-round game. Three consecutive home games against Johnson & Wales (Jan. 3), Chicago State (Jan. 6) and Texas Pan-American (Jan. 9) round out the non-conference games.
Air Force opens the new-look Mountain West schedule against conference newcomer Boise State on Jan. 14 in Boise, Idaho, followed by a home game against Wyoming on Jan. 18. Road games at defending MW Tournament champion San Diego State (Jan. 21) and TCU (Jan. 15) precede a pair of home games against UNLV on Jan. 28 and New Mexico on Jan. 31. The first half of the conference slate ends on Feb. 4 at Colorado State.
Boise State (Feb. 11), San Diego State (Feb. 18) and TCU (Feb. 22) come to Colorado Springs during the second half of the league schedule and the regular season ends on March 3 at Clune Arena against Colorado State.
The Falcons will appear on national television 15 times in 2011-12. Air Force will play 11 times on The Mtn., and twice on CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS). Every conference game will be televised, as will the Colorado game on Nov. 23.
The Mountain West Conference tournament, once again in Las Vegas, Nev., runs from March 8-10.
Air Force Men's Basketball
Fri. Nov. 11 Air Force vs. Army USAFA 6:30 p.m.
Citadel vs. VMI USAFA 8:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 12 Third-Place Game USAFA 6:30 p.m.
Championship Game USAFA 8:30 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 18 Western State USAFA 7 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 23 Colorado (The Mtn.) USAFA 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 3 Drake^ Des Moines, IA TBA
Wed. Dec. 7 Wright State USAFA 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 10 Arkansas-Pine Bluff USAFA 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 17 Maryland-Eastern Shore USAFA 7 p.m.
Thurs. Dec. 22 Gonzaga Spokane, WA TBA
Cable Car Classic
Thurs. Dec. 29 Wagner Santa Clara, CA 6 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 30 Santa Clara / Eastern Michigan Santa Clara, CA 6 / 8:15 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 3 Johnson & Wales USAFA 7 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 6 Chicago State USAFA 7 p.m.
Mon. Jan. 9 Texas-Pan American USAFA 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 14 Boise State* (The Mtn.) Boise, ID 4 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 18 Wyoming* (The Mtn.) USAFA 6 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 21 San Diego State* (The Mtn.) San Diego, CA 7 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 25 TCU* (The Mtn.) Fort Worth, TX 6:30 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 28 UNLV* (The Mtn.) USAFA 7 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 31 New Mexico* (The Mtn.) USAFA 8 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 4 Colorado State* (CBSSN) Fort Collins, CO TBA
Sat. Feb. 11 Boise State* (CBSSN) USAFA TBA
Wed. Feb. 15 Wyoming* (The Mtn.) Laramie, WY 6 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 18 San Diego State* (NBCSN) USAFA 2 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 22 TCU* (The Mtn.) USAFA 6 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 25 UNLV* (NBCSN) Las Vegas, NV 1 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 29 New Mexico*
^ Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge Series
* Mountain West Conference opponent
All times local to site of game and subject to change
CBSSN - CBS Sports Network
NBCSN - NBC Sports Network