Air Force, Army To Meet On The Hardwood At Madison Square Garden
The Falcons and Black Knights are part of a doubleheader at MSG.
Air Force last played at Madison Square Garden a decade ago
The Air Force basketball team is heading to the East Coast to play in the world’s most famous arena to take on longtime rival Army at Madison Square Garden.
The two service academies will meet on Dec. 17 as part of the MSG Holiday Special, the news of the game was first reported by the Colorado Springs Gazette.
The Falcons have not played Army regularly which is odd considering they are both service academies and play each and every year in football for the Commander-In-Chief trophy.
These two teams rectified that by making this the seventh-straight season they are meeting, Army leads the series all-time 5-4 and have won three in a row.
The last time Air Force played at Madison Square Garden was a decade ago when they lost in the NIT semifinals to Clemson, 68-67.
Air Force has not yet officially announced this game or the entirety of its non-conference slate. The known games on their out of league schedule include this one against Army, a game vs. Colorado, Denver and going to Illinois State which is part of the Missouri Valley-Mountain West challenge.
The Falcons are coming off a year where they finished with a 12-21 record, 4-14 in Mountain West play and tied for last in the conference.
There is some hope next year for Air Force as they return key players in Frank Toohey and Jacob Van who both averaged in double figures last year. Overall, the Falcons return eight players who played significant playing time.
The other games taking place at Madison Square Garden that day feature a pair of New York City-area teams in Iona and St. John’s, and the day prior there is a game between Louisville and Memphis.