Team preview: Air Force

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 4, 2003, 5:03 PM ET
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There seems to be one unanimous thought among Mountain West Conference insiders: nobody wants to play Air Force. The Falcons are by all accounts a difficult assignment for anybody in the league. Witness last season, when Air Force went on the road and lost by two at Colorado State and Wyoming and stayed within five of Utah at home.

No coach in the league relishes the thought of playing Air Force, particularly in Colorado Springs. While the respect of league coaches speaks well of the job coach Joe Scott has done, it hasn't manifested itself in huge win totals. But Air Force has improved each year under Scott, winning eight, nine and 12 games in his first three years. Scott, a former Princeton assistant who has installed the intricate offense created by his old boss, Pete Carril, thinks the 2003-2004 season is the one that will see the Falcons break through and have their first winning record since a 15-10 mark in 1977-1978 season. Air Force went 6-0 on a trip to Europe in August, further bolstering the team's confidence.