Akron will play in a postseason tournament for the third-straight season. The Zips accepted a bid at the College Basketball Invitational and will host Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Rhodes Arena.
Green Bay (21-12) was the third-best team in the Horizon League, but the Phoenix fell in the quarterfinal round. Akron is 3-4 against Green Bay all-time, but the teams have not met since 1992, when both schools were members of the Mid-Continent Conference.
The winner will play either St. Louis or Indiana State on Monday, March 22. Rick Majerus coaches St. Louis, the higher seeded of the two, which has no juniors or seniors on the roster. The Billikens went 11-5 in the Atlantic 10 this year (20-11 overall). Indiana State, of course, is Larry Bird's alma mater. They went 17-14 and were the fifth-best team in the Missouri Valley Conference.
If St. Louis wins, then Akron or Green Bay will play there. It has not yet been determined who would host a potential game between Indiana State and Akron, according to Akron SID Gregg Bach. Here is the full bracket.
The semifinals will be held March 24. The championship round is a best-of-three series with games on March 29, March 31 and April 2. All games will be held on campus sites. The higher-seeded team gets to host two of the three championship games.
HDNet will broadcast up to eleven of the tournament games, but the Zips' first round game is not one of them.
The field has some pretty good teams, such as VCU, Princeton and defending champion Oregon State. Akron has nothing to be ashamed of. I think the community would be very fascinated by a best-of-three series, if the Zips make it that far.
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