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By mrasor Published: December 16, 2006

Men's basketball

Keith Dambrot offered today's opponent, Illinois-Chicago, some bulletin-board material in Tom Gaffney's game preview.

Although Dambrot said the Flames are better than Oral Roberts, he added the team doesn't play hard every night -- leading to inconsistency that is clearly true from the team's sporadic 5-5 record.

Dambrot said the Zips will work today to find more consistency themselves at small forward and to cut down turnovers -- particularly from the non-guards.

  • The USA Today's Danny Sheridan calls this game a toss up.

  • Sportsbooks are saying Akron is either a one-point favorite or 1.5-point underdog with the over under at 143 or 144.

  • The game will start at 4 p.m. EST. You can watch it on Comcast or on the Horizon League's Web site. They will ask you to register for free. They don't stop you from signing up with a phony e-mail address.

I agree with Sheridan's prediction in that it's tough to say what Illinois-Chicago team will show up. College basketball teams are so inconsistent in the nonconference season, it's a real crap shoot to pick winners.

I am fairly confident, however, that if Akron plays like it has all season -- exceptions being against Little Rock and Winston-Salem -- the Zips will beat Illinois-Chicago at its best.

Josh Mayo and Othyus Jeffers are capable of scoring a ton of points quickly. If the Zips guards can keep them both under 20, the Flames won't have enough offense to win.

Prediction: Zips 71, Flames 59

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