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The Zips and Bobcats will face off tonight at 6 p.m. for the MAC Championship. Below is a clip of the end of last night's game against WMU...
I hope I never take this for granted as a Zips fan. As we have learned with the football team, this sort of success can be fleeting. Although Akron will probably be a favorite next year, there is no guarantee that the Zips will have a chance for an NCAA berth like they will tonight.
Akron is a one-point favorite. The over-under is 133.
Pete Conrad of the Dayton Daily News did a good job breaking down why Ohio won: Armon Bassett, DeVaughn Washington and 12 first-half points by Miami.
I arrived in Cleveland. You have to love the buzz in the building. It's thick.
Ohio is scary because of its two guards who are equally likely to score 30. And both have lit up Akron. Bassett dropped 25 on the Zips at the Convo. D.J. Cooper scored 33 at Akron.
Both teams shoot a lot of 3s. I watched the Bobcats harass Miami's guards outside the 3-point line the part of last night's game that I saw. Ohio allows the lowest 3-point percentage in the conference. If Akron thinks it will be able to chuck up 20 3-pointers and win, that is a problem.
As Akron fans watch to see how the Zips defend Bassett and Cooper, Bobcat fans will hope to limit the Zips on the offensive glass. In two games, Jimmy Conyers combined for 25 rebounds, Chris McKnight had 21. This season, Ohio's rebounding margin was -0.2, third-worst in the MAC. Akron was +2.5, which was second-best.
Tom Wistrcill made a major hire recently, adding Dan Satter from Boston University as his senior associate athletic director in charge of external relations. This is from the press release:
Attendance has grown significantly for many of BU's sports over the last two years. A record-setting crowd of 5,935 attended the 2008 Terrier Tailgate men's soccer contest, the largest crowd to watch a college-soccer game in Massachusetts, and 4,963 set the women's college soccer record a year later. Terrier Rewards, an on-campus loyalty program launched for 2008-09, tripled student attendance in one year for basketball and Olympic sports. His season ticket sales plan quadrupled accounts for men's basketball. Satter also oversaw the profitable marketing efforts for the 2009 Women's Frozen Four held on campus at Agganis Arena.