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A visit to 2010 National Invitation Tournament champion Dayton and an appearance in a tournament in Las Vegas in December highlight the 2010-11 schedule for The University of Akron men's basketball team, which was finalized on Tuesday.
"We play four potential top-25 teams during our non-league schedule in Dayton, Temple, Minnesota and Miami," seventh-year Akron head coach Keith Dambrot said. "We spend most of the month of December on the road, which will be a good test and will get us ready for the league schedule. We need to play better than we have recently early in the season."
For the third-straight season, the Zips will officially tip off the 2010-11 campaign at home when Division III Millikin comes to Rhodes Arena (Nov. 12), before heading to Dayton for the much-anticipated showdown with the Flyers (Nov. 16). UD (25-12) defeated Cincinnati, Illinois and North Carolina as part of their NIT title run last winter.
UA will then return to Rhodes Arena to face off against two regional rivals, Youngstown State (Nov. 20) and Cleveland State (Nov. 24), before embarking on a challenging stretch that will put the Zips on the road for seven of their next eight contests – spanning five different states over a one month period.
The action gets underway with a trip north to Detroit (Dec. 1) and continues with stops at Illinois-Chicago (Dec. 4), Temple (Dec. 12) and Minnesota (Dec. 15). Akron then comes home for its first of just two home games that month when it hosts Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 18) before heading to the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic where it will meet UALR (Dec. 21), Stetson (Dec. 22) and Miami (Fla.) (Dec. 23).
Following the holiday break, UA will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 29) and Oral Roberts (Jan. 3) to wrap up its non-conference schedule and jump start what will likely be a much-needed four-game homestand.
Once again, the Mid-American Conference schedule has each school playing the five other teams in its respective division twice and the six schools in the other division once. The Zips begin league play in their own East Division at home against local rival Kent State (Jan. 8) and Ohio (Jan. 12). UA's game against the Bobcats will represent a re-match of last year's MAC Tournament championship.
Akron concludes its first swing through the MAC East at Buffalo (Jan. 16), at Miami (Ohio) (Jan. 19) and against Bowling Green (Jan. 22). UA closes out the first month of the new year at Northern Illinois (Jan. 26) and against Central Michigan (Jan. 30).
Back-to-back road games at Eastern Michigan (Feb. 2) and Toledo (Feb. 5) await the Zips in February followed by a brief two-game homestand against Western Michigan (Feb. 9) and Ball State (Feb. 12) that will wrap up West Division play.
After a quick trip to Bowling Green (Feb. 15), a BracketBusters contest (Feb. 19) against a to-be-announced opponent begins the final homestand of the regular season. The Zips will host Miami (Ohio) (Feb. 23) and Buffalo (Feb. 26) before finishing the year at Ohio (March 2) and Kent State (March 5).
Nearby John Carroll visits Rhodes Arena on Nov. 4 for an exhibition game.
In 2009-10, Akron posted a 24-11 record (12-6 MAC), made its fourth-straight appearance in the MAC Tournament championship game and third-consecutive visit to the postseason – playing host to a home game versus Green Bay in the College Basketball Invitational.
Akron has advanced to the postseason in three straight and four of the last five seasons, participating in the NCAA Tournament in 2009, the National Invitation Tournament in 2006 and 2008, and last season's CBI. The Zips have won at least 23 games in each of the last five seasons, and have posted at least 24 victories in three of the last four years.
Season ticket renewal information has been mailed and season tickets go on sale for the general public tomorrow (Sept. 1). The renewal deadline for current season ticket holders is Sept. 27. Those who renew their seats by that date will receive one free Zippy bobblehead for each seat purchased.
Tickets can be purchased online via the ticketing page on GoZips.com, by phone at 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or in person at the Akron Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the intersection of E. Exchange and S. Union streets), Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.
2010-11 Akron Men's Basketball Schedule: Thurs., Nov. 4 – John Carroll (exhibition) Fri., Nov. 12 – Millikin Tues., Nov. 16 – at Dayton Sat., Nov. 20 – Youngstown State Wed., Nov. 24 – Cleveland State Wed., Dec. 1 – at Detroit Sat., Dec. 4 – at Illinois-Chicago Sun., Dec. 12 – at Temple Wed., Dec. 15 – at Minnesota Sat., Dec. 18 – Bethune-Cookman Tues., Dec. 21 – vs. UALR^ Wed., Dec. 22 – vs. Stetson^ Thurs., Dec. 23 – vs. Miami (Fla.)^ Wed., Dec. 29 – Arkansas-Pine Bluff Mon., Jan. 3 – Oral Roberts Sat., Jan. 8 – Kent State* Wed., Jan. 12 – Ohio* Sun., Jan. 16 – at Buffalo* Wed., Jan. 19 – at Miami (Ohio)* Sat., Jan. 22 – Bowling Green* Wed., Jan. 26 – at Northern Illinois* Sun., Jan. 30 – Central Michigan* Wed., Feb. 2 – at Eastern Michigan* Sat., Feb. 5 – at Toledo* Wed., Feb. 9 – Western Michigan* Sat., Feb. 12 – Ball State* Tues., Feb. 15 – at Bowling Green* Sat., Feb. 19 – Bracket Buster (TBA) Wed., Feb. 23 – Miami (Ohio)* Sat., Feb. 26 – Buffalo* Tues., Mar. 1 – at Ohio* Sat., Mar. 5 – at Kent State*
Schedule subject to change Home games played at Rhodes Arena (5,500) ^-Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic, Las Vegas, N.V. *-Mid-American Conference game