Akron displayed its worst defensive showing of the year when Central Michigan visited Rhodes Arena on Feb. 7.
The Zips won, 78-71, but allowed the Chippewas to shoot 58.7 percent from the field.
Much of the scoring came from Giordan Watson, the league's best point guard. Akron reverted to a zone defense to stop Watson's penetration. It allowed the Zips to rebuild a lead and win.
The athletic Chippewas usually play a physical game. Look for Romeo Travis and Nick Dials to have big nights.
I think Akron will have a plan to stop Watson. There's also no way the Chippewas shoot 58 percent again. Akron wins, but it's close for awhile.
Prediction: Zips 81, Chips 64
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