Kent State lost to Oakland tonight 80-74 in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament, and the Flashes missed an opportunity to extend their streak of 10 consecutive 20-win seasons in Geno Ford's first season.
If there's a silver lining, Al Fisher hit the 1,000 point mark for his career.
Ford will have a difficult time next season, but every new coach goes through the growing pains of establishing his system and finding players who best suit it.
Jewell Cardwell wrote a great
Vincent Dorsey of the Buchtelite. Journalists writing about journalists is rare, but Dorsey has overcome a lot, and he shows great passion for covering his school's athletics. Bookmark his
blog, and you can follow the Zips through his reporting from Portland.
Here's a storyline that popped into my head... If Akron's attendance is bad next year, it's a problem.
Keith Dambrot won a MAC Championship. His team is in the NCAA Tournament. The coaches landed a top-40 recruit. What else can the team do to convince the community of its worth?
I am amazed at how many people are predicting a Zips victory. As of 11 p.m. on Tuesday, it was a dead split on who you think will win. My poll (see below) showed 61 votes for, 61 votes against. Gonzaga is a great team, and it's a team against whom Akron does not match up particularly well. A professor asked me who I thought would win, and I said Gonzaga. He asked again, as if I was committing treason. I asked, "Well, do you want a response of candor or homerism?"
I will give my official prediction tomorrow, assuming Akron-Canton Airport still provides free Wi-Fi.