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By mrasor Published: February 24, 2007

Men's basketball

After reading Tom Gaffney's ABJ preview, I'm expecting the entire crowd to start sobbing tonight.

Ironically, Senior Night falls on the game where Dru Joyce will set a new school record in assists. He is only one shy of Eric McLaughlin.

Gaffney brings up another good point: There is actually a game tonight.

The teams met on Jan. 14. It's a game Zips fans should remember. After taking a one-point lead to halftime, Akron decided to smother the Falcons defensively. The Zips also displayed some of their most fluid offense of the year. Heck, they even went 14 of 16 at the free-throw stripe.

Nate Miller and Martin Samarco are good offensive players. Keeping them down is key, as always.

Expect to see Keith Dambrot use his full-court press again. It caused 16 turnovers the first meeting. Another effective tool was allowing Cedrick Middleton to create off the dribble. Feeding the big men in the post also worked, because Bowling Green is quite small.

The line is Akron minus 18. This game should be a 30-point blowout. My only concern is that Senior Night becomes a distration.

Prediction: Akron 76, Bowling Green 52

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