Dionte Christmas started his first game in John Cheney's last.
It was Akron's first and only postseason win in Division I.
Fast forward to tonight, where Christmas is one of the best players in Atlantic 10. He put up 20 points per game last year and has maintained it this season.
Alongside Christmas is Mark Tyndale, who is averaging 16.4 points per game.
The Owls have one of the nation's best wing combos. Limiting the two will be Akron's challenge tonight.
Look for Nate Linhart, Cedrick Middleton and Jimmy Conyers to combine for 80 minutes. Their defense will be critical.
So far, Akron has played too sloppy to beat a quality opponent. I can't pick the Zips until I see a more polished effort offensively.
Prediction: Temple 65, Akron 60