This is the game many Zips fans have been begging for. Akron will play No. 6 Pitt on Friday.
Unfortunately, a game against a highly ranked, high-major team came a year too late. This season, Akron's youth makes an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament very unlikely. In prior years, however, the Zips could have used the RPI boost and the potential for a nation-shocking upset.
If you remember last year, Pitt caught fire in time for the Big East Tournament, which it won. The Panthers fell in the second round of the Big Dance to Michigan State.
Pitt relies on a staunch and physical defense, particularly in the frontcourt. As ESPN points out, 42 percent of the Panthers' steals come from forwards.
Guard Levance Fields provides a lot of offense. He has averaged 13.5 points and 10 assists per game this season. Forward Sam Young, a projected first-round NBA draft pick, leads the team in scoring with 14.5 points per game.
Pitt beat Miami (Ohio) 82-53 on Monday. The RedHawks did not move the ball well. As a result, they shot only 31 percent. Pitt, on the other hand, had 21 assists and shot 59 percent from the field.
Akron and Pitt will tipoff at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) as part of the Legends Classic. Pitt has won 30 consecutive home games.