The kids just might be all right.
The University of Akron men’s basketball team, led by two freshmen point guards, beat the USC Trojans 66-46 in the opening game of the Gildan Charleston Classic in South Carolina Thursday afternoon.
Playing without star forward Demetrius Treadwell, who was indefinitely suspended last weekend, Zips players stepped up to fill the void his loss may have created.
Sophomore forward Kwan Cheatham Jr tossed in 15 points and seven rebounds and junior center Pat Forsythe also had 15, a career high, and nine rebounds. Freshman point guard Noah Robotham added 14 points.To read more or comment...
Northeast Ohio may have escaped Buffalo’s Snowmaggedon, but two football teams will feel its impact.
Kent State University’s football team set out for Buffalo early Tuesday for what was usually a three-hour tour for their game against the Buffalo Bulls scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Because forecasters expected another 2-3 feet of snow, the Mid-American Conference, after conferring Thursday morning, moved the game to 1 p.m. Friday.
The Golden Flashes were scheduled to play the University of Akron football team at 7 p.m. Tuesday, but MAC rules prohibit them from playing games so close together forcing the conference to move that game to 1 p.m. next Friday.To read more or comment...
University of Akron coach Keith Dambrot said it himself in an interview: now everyone gets to find out how good of a coach he is.
That will certainly be the case as the team begins to showcase today in Charleston, S.C. in the Gildan Charleston Classic tournament without its best player – Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell.
Treadwell, suspended indefinitely from the program Sunday, is a huge cog for the Zips – offensively, but especially on the boards.
“When you look at Tree you're going to have to replace the intimidation factor which is difficult to replace because people are a little scared of him,” Dambrot said. “And you have to replace the ability to go get a rebound in a crowd. That's a tough one. Then the third thing is crunch time baskets.”To read more or comment...
From a University of Akron athletics department news release:
The University of Akron Department of Athletics announced Wednesday that Ron Arenz will not return as head coach of the volleyball program.
"We are thankful to Coach Arenz for his years of service to Zips Athletics and the volleyball program," said Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill. "He has mentored many successful student-athletes during his time here. However, I have determined that it is time for Akron volleyball to move in a new direction."
Arenz served as the head coach of the Zips since 2008. He coached an All-Mid-American Conference performer in five of his seven seasons at the helm, and placed two student-athletes on the Academic All-MAC team. His program also received four team academic awards from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).To read more or comment...
It may be too little too late with respect to some form of post-season play for the Akron Zips, but that doesn’t diminish what their 30-6 win over the UMass Minutemen Tuesday night at InfoCision Stadium. In fact, it was fairly impressive as UA never trailed. It’s the team that everyone expected to start the season. So why did they pull this one out? Here are a few of my observations regarding that:
Kyle Pohl, hitting 26-of-40 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns, had his most complete game of the year. He was decisive and, yes, that includes making the occasional questionable decision, but that every quarterback likes to gamble and Pohl is no exception. Most importantly, he played within himself and the confines of his circumstances. The game generally came to him and he was calm in the process. As for the circumstances? With that arctic air no one could ask for a better game than the one he delivered.
The offensive line knocked the Minutemen’s d-line off the ball just enough to open holes. That is what the Zips needed most of all on a night when the temperature at kickoff hovered around 15 degrees with a wind chill below zero. They hit on some tough runs as they rushed the ball 37 times, the most attempts in what seems like an eon. Mind you, yards per carry weren’t exorbitant at 3.6 per carry, but three of those, on average get the offense a first down. In this case it enabled Pohl to be effective in the passing game.
The run game and receivers that gave him easy targets aided Pohl’s success. In this case, junior receiver Zach D’Orazio led the corps with a career game in both receptions with 10 and yards for 121. He didn’t score, but his receptions enabled the offense to keep the chains moving. Green native Andrew Pratt had a nice came with five receptions for 50 yards and L.T. Smith had a key 32-yard reception on a TD drive and caught a 7-yard score. In all wide outs caught 24 of Pohl's 26 receptions. That’s production.To read more or comment...
Here’s an educated guess that staying warm may not be too much of an option for the Akron Zips and UMass Minutemen tonight when they play at InfoCision Stadium.
At kickoff the temperature is expected to be a balmy 15 degrees with a minus-2 wind chill. Welcome to November where the average temperature this time of year is in the 50s with lows in the 30s. In that kind of biting cold what can be done on the football field? It plays into the four keys to victory for UA:
The offensive line has to get off the ball: They have to be explosive from the point of attack so they can blow UMass’ defensive line off the ball, the holes will open and there’s every reason to believe that it’s possible.
Then run the ball: Because the Minutemen give up 187 yards rushing per game. The Zips have two good backs in Conor Hundley and Jawon Chisholm who can lug the ball. Combined they average better than five yards per pop. They also provide a change of pace from the other – Hundley being more of a bulldozer and Chisholm more of a slasher with the ability to break a long one.To read more or comment...
The University of Akron men’s basketball team lost a huge part of its unit when the school announced that star forward Demetrius Treadwell has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of the student code of conduct.
The UA athletics department emailed a five-line news release emailed in the late afternoon.
“Treadwell's suspension begins immediately. The incident has been referred to the Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards,” according to the release.
The suspension was handed down by the athletics department and they declined to elaborate further. UA men’s basketball coach Keith Dambrot could not be reached for comment.To read more or comment...
The University of Akron women’s team raced off with a 80-49 win over the Binghamton (N.Y.) Bearcats in the their home regular season debut in the Akron Classic Friday night despite a rocky start.
UA junior guard Anita Brown led scorers with 29 points and added 11 rebounds to get her first double-double on the season. Senior forward Sina King, who sat out last season, returned playing as if she never left nailing a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The Zips opened the game with a 9-2 run before allowing the Bearcats to race off to a 15-0 run to take a lead that proved brief. UA eventually clamped down defensively to take control.
They forced 17 Binghamton turnovers which led to 21 of their points. They held Binghamton to 33 percent shooting on the night and controlled the boards 52-32, including winning the offensive glass 21-7. They play Northern Kentucky University Saturday at 3:30 p.m.To read more or comment...
Lilli Piper has signed on to play basketball and softball at the University of Akron.
Piper, a Norton resident and a senior at Walsh Jesuit High School, is set to join the Zips next school year.
Piper, a 5-foot-10 guard, averaged 12.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game last season in basketball. She earned All-Ohio Special Mention recognition as a junior, and was also named first team all-district.
“Lilli is a phenomenal athlete with a tremendous work ethic and drive,” Zips women’s basketball coach Jodi Kest said. “She possesses great basketball IQ and an extremely versatile game that will allow her to play multiple positions.”To read more or comment...
A total of seven University of Akron men’s soccer players earned All-Mid American Conference honors Thursday.
Sophomore midfielder Adam Najem, senior forward Saad Abdul-Salaam, junior goalkeeper Jake Fenlason and junior defender Andrew Souders were selected as first-team All-MAC players.
Freshman forward Stuart Holthusen, freshman midfielder Richie Laryea and sophomore midfielder Victor Souto were tabbed second-team selections.
West Virginia swept the MAC specialty awards. Mountaineers forward Andy Bevin was named the Player of the Year, midfielder Joey Piatczyc was tabbed as the Newcomer of the Year and Marlon LeBlanc was named Coach of the Year.To read more or comment...