I have been a big fat flip-flopper on this subject, but I believe this win over Kent State makes a case for Akron's consideration as an at-large team.
You should see Akron's RPI jump into the 50s, which could boost into the 40s after two more wins in the MAC Tournament.
RPI has been Akron's weak point all season, given its poor strength of schedule. I think you'll see a lot more respect in tomorrow's AP and Coaches Polls.
More thoughts about the game...
- A friend told me scalpers outside the MAC Center were doubling the face value of tickets.
- Jeremiah Wood is a clutch rebounder. He grabbed a total of 15, to go along with 17 points. It just seemed like every big board Akron had to have, Wood pulled down. Five-of-6 from the foul line ain't bad either.
- Cedrick Middleton scored 17, too. Nick Dials added 14. They really bettered themselves when Dru Joyce found foul trouble.
- The Flashes dominated the offensive boards 17 to 10. Mike Scott and Chris Singletary combined for 10 of them. Those guys are 6-foot-6 and 6-3, respectively. Letting them on the offensive glass so often has to be a biproduct of inefficient boxing out. Right?
- The Zips' quarterfinal opponent Thursday will either be No. 7 Central Michigan or No. 10 Buffalo. The Bulls are coming off an upset of Ohio. They are the more dangerous team, despite being the lower seed.
- OK. Enough of this blogging business. I have to figure out a column idea for tomorrow. Any ideas?
Akron's season ended tonight in Cleveland with a 69-56 loss to Northern Illinois.
Freshmen Riana Miller and Sarah Tokodi led Akron on a second-half comeback that came up short.
Miller (23 points) and Tokodi (19) were the Zips' main offensive weapons. They are also the foundation of UA's women's basketball program, which looks to be on the right path under Jodi Kest.