(ESPN..Live)Austin Peay vs IPFW Live Basketball

Jon Coffman wants life on the road to be about more than just basketball.

 

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“Part of these travels and going to these different arenas and cities, you want your guys to gain a cultural perspective, basketball-wise and city-wise and geography-wise,” the second-year IPFW men’s basketball coach said this week.

When the Mastodons (7-4) recently played at Cal Poly, nine of Coffman’s players had never seen the Pacific Ocean. So in a 36-hour period, the team saw the Pacific then the Rocky Mountains when they played at Utah a couple of days later.

But after playing nine of 11 games away from Fort Wayne this season, Coffman said the Mastodons are ready to return home. Starting with today’s game against Austin Peay at Memorial Coliseum, the team plays five of its next six games either at the Coliseum or the Gates Center.

IPFW, which is 2-0 at home this season, returns in time to catch up in the academic world with final exams coming next week.

“It’s important for us,” senior forward Joe Reed said. “We have been gone awhile, and it will be good for us to come back and enjoy that home crowd.”

Coffman said the team (4-3 on the road and 1-1 on a neutral court) has developed “toughness” on the road. IPFW has won eight of its last 11 road games, dating back to last season.

“You have to be tougher on the road because of all of the different distractions that come into your daily operation,” Coffman said. “Our guys have figured out a way to put that behind them, and they play well on the road. They play even tougher on the road, probably because of the uncomfortableness and because we have built it up.”

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