Some hoops notes as Air Force prepares to take on UNLV, which is tied for first place in the Mountain West Conference …
-Looks like UNLV senior guard Wink Adams is healthy. After sitting out the Rebels’ game at Louisville with an abdominal strain and then playing just 18 minutes (and not scoring) against New Mexico and scoring nine in a loss to TCU, Adams has scored 14, 20, 22 and 14 as UNLV has gone 3-1.
“I think he’s playing better,” Air Force coach Jeff Reynolds said of Adams. “He’s over his abdominal injury – I think that hurt him, kept him out of his rhythm.
“Wink’s been around forever, he knows what coach (Lon) Kruger wants and he’s a big-time shot-maker. People say he’s not shooting the ball very well this year – he’s a player. He makes game shots when they need shots.”
-Check out this stat pointed out to me today: Through 19 games this season, Air Force’s starting guards (Anwar Johnson and Evan Washington) have combined to make six 3-pointers. Johnson is 3-for-9 from long range, while Washington is 3-for-21. That’s 6-for-30 for the two players who average the most minutes on the team (Johnson averages 33.4, and Washington averages 32.2)
-Johnson sat out of practice again today thanks to his injured right foot. He’ll miss tomorrow’s session and then try to give it a go on Saturday. Johnson hasn’t practiced since before the Falcons’ game against Utah on Jan. 14.
-Sophomore forward Tom Fow, who has been slow to recover from offseason knee surgery, has been cleared to play, Reynolds said. “He’s made considerable progress. I don’t think he’s 100 percent, but he’s been cleared to play.”