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...
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.