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Austin Peay? Are you kidding me?

By mrasor Published: January 29, 2007

Men's basketball

Akron's chances at an at-large bid to the Big Dance just fell to "slim to none."

The Zips drew Austin Peay for their BracketBuster game on Saturday, Feb. 17.

The Governors (13-6, 10-1 OVC) have an RPI of 134, which will do little to boost Akron's 104 ranking.

I suppose the Zips can still win out and get a nice NIT bid.

I just spoke with Keith Dambrot. Understandably, he knew little about the Governors.

I asked him about the other MAC schools who will play better teams, like Ohio and Kent State. Dambrot responded that Austin Peay may be better than Old Dominion and George Mason -- despite inferior RPIs.

Then came the certain truth: "Our league will only get one bid," he said.

Today's Buchtelite includes four men's basketball stories: profiling the terrific defense, why students need to come to these games (my column), about the BracketBuster game and my preview of the Eastern Michigan game. I will post them tomorrow, as soon as our Web site works out its kinks.

  • I will be out of town from Wednesday until Sunday. You can keep up to date on Adam Ferrise's blog, or If you must know, I'll be in the Bahamas, where forecasts call for 80-degrees and sun. Leave your bitter comments below.
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