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Track splits with Kent

By mrasor Published: January 21, 2006

Track


Akron split with Kent State last night in a dual meet as the Zips women beat Kent's, but the Flashes' men beat Akron's.


Coach Dennis Mitchell brought a couple of interesting facts to my attention...


  • Akron's field house will soon have a video screen like the one at Rhodes Arena.

  • The Big East coaches voted 30-0 to have their 2006 Indoor Championships at Akron. Would they mind voting to bring Akron to the Big East, too? (The MAC will take a step back in football, and the MAC West is a joke in basketball. It'd be nice to jump off that ship for a BCS conference.)

The next home meet is the Kangaroo Invitational, 7 p.m. Friday at the Field House.


Men's soccer


Akron seniors Yohann Mauger and Ross McKenzie went undrafted in yesterday's Major League Soccer draft. However, two Ohio State players were selected.


Men's basketball


Tom Gaffney of the ABJ wrote an excellent feature about Nate Linhart in today's paper. I had no idea that Linhart had a scholarship offer from N.C. State.


The Zips (12-3, 5-0) play Eastern Michigan (3-10, 0-5) tonight at 7 at Rhodes Arena. There should be no excuse for not showing up to watch the conference's best team while they're on an eight-game winning streak.


The Eagles have the conference's best player, big man John Bowler. He leads the MAC in average points (19.9) and rebound (9.5).


Eastern Michigan is a defensive catastrophe, however. And Akron has the conference's best offense, and one of the most efficient offenses in the country thanks to point guard Dru Joyce's stellar assist-to-turnover ratio. In fact, Akron is second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.6, only behind West Virginia.


The Sports Network predicts a 79-62 outcome in favor of the Zips. Danny Sheridan of the USA Today says Akron will win by 18.5. Most sportsbooks are saying the same thing.


I say it could get much uglier than that.


Here's something mentioned on ZipsNation.org. ESPN.com gave Akron an A grade and says the Zips look to be headed for postseason play. Just don't put Romeo Travis on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Northeast Ohio is sick of those jinxes.


The MAC East standings will get a little shake up after tonight. Miami lost at Western Michigan, 59-50. Buffalo lost at home to Central Michigan, 71-61. (I told you they suck).


Kent State won at Northern Illinois, 72-61. Ohio looks like they will win at Toledo. The Bobcats are winning 61-50 with six minutes left in the second half.


Football


So much for Terrence McCrae. The three-star wide receiver committed to DUI king Frank Solich and Ohio University.


Now Akron is not in the running for anymore three-star recruits, according to Scout.com. However, four-star safety Elijah Fields still hasn't decided.

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