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Ex-Zip Alex Abreu chosen for Puerto Rican national team for pre-Olympic qualifier

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 18, 2016

Former University of Akron point guard Alex Abreu has been named to the Puerto Rican national team for a pre-Olympic qualifying tournament that begins Sunday in Panama.

Abreu, 24, averaged 8.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and a league-high 7.1 assists in his most recent season with Santeros de Aguada in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico faces Canada on June 29 and Italy on June 30. The Olympic qualifier opens July 4 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The University of Akron suspended Abreu after a March 7, 2013 arrest for drug trafficking and he later left school. One of the largest marijuana dealers in the city, Abreu pleaded guilty to a third degree felony and was sentenced to two years in prison. But his sentence was later suspended and he was placed on probation for 18 months.

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Mid-American Conference releases Akron Zips football game start times

By George Thomas Published: June 9, 2016

Depending on how you parse what qualifies for national TV – some say ESPN3 represents national distribution, some say it doesn’t, for example.  Others claim that if you’re on cable television period is not national television. 

I’m not about to argue with anyone regarding one the most inane debates to occupy a sports department conversation.

That being said: the Akron Zips have six nationally televised games or they have none.  Decide for yourself.  What is clear is that they will be seen – largely in part because of their success last year in winning a bowl game – six times on either an ESPN channel or the CBS Sports Network.

The Mid-American Conference released a partial list of game times Thursday morning.  That being said, Zips fans should be prepared to stay up late to catch games in their entirety.  That success from last year ensured that the team would get a shot at more eyeballs in the infamous MACtion mid-week slate of games.  The Zips final four games are on weeknights with the earliest start time being 7 p.m.:

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University of Akron athletics wins title of best in Mid-American Conference

By George Thomas Published: June 2, 2016

From a University of Akron Department of Athletics news release:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – On the heels of one of the most successful athletic campaigns in program history, the University of Akron was named the recipient of the 2015-16 Reese Trophy as the Mid-American Conference's top men's athletic program at the league's Athletic Honors Dinner on Wednesday, June 1.

During the 2015-16 academic year, the Zips competed in seven men's sports and captured the award for the second time (2014) in program history on the strength of winning conference titles in men's basketball, soccer, along with both indoor and outdoor track and field, and garnering the program's first-ever bowl game victory in football.


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Ticket information for Tuesday's UA-Ohio State first-round NIT Game

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 13, 2016

Tickets for the first-round men's basketball game in the National Invitation Tournament between Ohio State and the University of Akron will go on sale to the public at 1 p.m. Monday.

Third-seeded Ohio State (20-13) will host sixth-seeded UA (26-8) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Value City Arena.

Tickets can be purchased at OSU's Athletic Ticket Office, online at or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS.

Tickets are $20 and $10 for reserved seats and $5 for Ohio State students, although service charges may apply. OSU men's basketball season ticket holders and students were to receive detailed instructions Sunday night.

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Akron Zips basketball: UA advances to MAC Tournament championship

By George Thomas Published: March 11, 2016

No. 1 seed University of Akron advanced to the championship game of the 2016 MAC Tournament after beating No. 12 seed Bowling Green Falcons 80-66.

Center Isaiah “Big Dog” Johnson led the Zips with 23 points and six rebounds. Three other Zips scored in double figures.

Antwon Lillard led the Falcons with 12 points.

The Zips will meet the winner of No. 2 seeded Ohio and No. 3 seeded Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

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