The game will start at 9 p.m. on ESPN Classic, which Time Warner just switched to position 304.
Akron Beacon Journal --
Keith Dambrot says Florida State has three good guards. Its big men are mostly role players.
Odds -- The Seminoles are 7.5-point favorites.
The Sports Network -- FSU's defense is mediocre at best, but its guards should give Akron problems.
Offshore Insiders -- FSU is 7-14-1 against the spread in its last 22 games.
Orlando Sentinal -- FSU coach
Leonard Hamilton says that there are a lot of NIT teams who are better than at least half of the NCAA Tournament field.
Plain Dealer --
Terry Pluto writes how much the NIT means to Akron and Cleveland State. It's a good read.
Palm Beach Post -- A win would give FSU a third-straight year with 20+ wins. That hasn't happened since the days of
Sam Cassell and
Tampa Tribune -- FSU guard
Toney Douglas says his team has something to prove after not making the Big Dance.
Plain Dealer -- Dambrot says a trip to the NIT gives Akron credibility.
Florida Times-Union -- Hamilton says his team is honored to play in the NIT against this year's field.
GoZips.com -- Akron and FSU never have played each other in men's basketball.
I mentioned Zips recruiting target
Zeke Marshall a couple days ago. His mother posted
at ZipsNation.org, saying Akron has a good shot to land the 7-foot stud. Here's my suggestion to Dambrot & Co.: Ask some AK-Rowdies to show up at his AAU games.
Prediction -- Florida State lost at home when it played a team with similar talent in Cleveland State. So it's doable. The Zips have been resilient in recent history, going 9-1 after their last 10 losses. However, FSU is hot. The Seminoles have won five out of seven. Those two losses came to North Carolina, the undisputed best team in the nation. It doesn't help Akron that FSU is excited to play in the NIT. Some teams regret the "Not Invited Tournament." FSU embraces it.
Still, the Zips match up well with the Seminoles. They play good ball defense on guards, which is the position FSU relies on for scoring. Also, FSU is liable to allow big offensive nights. Heck, Providence broke 100 points on them.
It will all come down to Akron's shooting, which often is determined by stamina. It will be hard for the Zips to travel a few hours on short notice and play three days after playing on three consecutive nights. It has been four nights since FSU plays on two consecutive nights. Akron will put up a good fight, but it will be hard to keep up with FSU's fresher legs.
Akron 71, FSU 75