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By mrasor Published: February 11, 2007

Men's basketball

Perhaps it was Akron's three frontcourt starters finding foul trouble that spurred Toledo to a second-half run and eventual victory.

Nate Linhart (fouled out), Romeo Travis (four fouls) and Jeremiah Wood (four) each had to limit their aggression. Since Akron's post players afforded the Zips their greatest advantage offensively, the foul trouble really hindered the team.

Sure, some players are more prone to fouls than others, and often bad referees can alter a game. However, I see foul trouble in college as a game management problem -- both from the player and coaches.

Travis, for example, tallied his fourth foul with at least seven minutes left. Even though coach Keith Dambrot probably told Travis to play aggressively when he re-entered the game, the senior forward was not the same.

I don't see an acceptable excuse for a player earning his fourth foul before the five-minute mark, especially on a team as deep as Akron.

Some other thoughts...

  • When a player is as hot as Nick Dials was last night (5-for-5 from 3), he needs to keep getting the ball. I never have a problem with the obligatory "heat check."

  • Nick Goddard entered the game for the final two seconds. I'm wondering how possible it is for a player to tear off his warmups and make a clutch 3. I'm not arguing with the decision, just curious.

  • Akron must find a way to stop Florentino Valencia next time. He might be the Zips most haunting player. The boxscore won't blow you away, but his 17 points came on eight of 10 shooting.

  • I should mention the Zips did a fine job on Justin Ingram, who only scored three on one of 10 shooting.

  • Tom Gaffney's ABJ game story mentions how foul trouble hurt the Zips.

  • The Toledo Blade said it would be nice to see a rematch (perhaps on a neutral floor?).
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