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.
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