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By mrasor Published: January 27, 2007

Men's basketball

Tom Gaffney wrote an interesting feature on Quade Milum in today's ABJ.

  • Elton Alexander talks about how stud freshman David Kool wound up at Western Michigan in his MAC Insider.

  • This is unrelated to basketball, but OU is dropping four programs. Too bad basketball and football were not included in the cuts.

  • The line is still Akron minus 12. The over-under is 145.

This game is on ESPN2, but I expect that should help attendance, rather than persuade people to stay home to watch.

When national TV is there, it gives some legitimacy to the event and should coax more people out to Rhodes Arena.

I believe Akron will win big. I like WMU as a sleeper team in the MAC Tournament, but the Broncos are terrible on the road. Couple that with awful interior defense, which the Zips' three big men should take advantage of.

There is a scenario where Akron loses. If the Zips guards play patty cake outside the arc and never make an attempt to go inside, the offense could stall. Someone needs to consistently body Joe Reitz on the perimeter, too.

Keith Dambrot probably won't let those things happen.

Prediction: Akron 79, Western Michigan 61


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