With no Zips player reaching double figures and the team shooting just 35 percent, Akron was not going to beat any Division-I school, much less Rhode Island, which is one of the nation's best offensive forces.
Even worse, offense wasn't Akron's only problem. The Zips fell 79-50 after a poor effort on both ends of the floor.
The Rams shot 56 percent and buried Akron with 29 field goals off 24 assists. From the Zips standpoint, it was like watching a toddler trek his three-wheeler through quicksand. From the Rhode Island standpoint, it was a beauty that did not even require a huge effort from Jimmy Baron, who only scored 11.
Akron will have six days to think about its crime against basketball before the team travels to Oxford for the beginning of the MAC regular season against a favorite to win the conference.