No. 2 UCLA predictably blew out the Penguins in the season opener.
Since then, YSU (3-9) has played close with Notre Dame and Kent State, yet lost some games it should've won.
No stat really jumps out to explain the poor record, except a 34-point disparity in the first halves of games.
This should be a game where Akron jumps on the Penguins' throat and maintains the lead throughout, much like against North Carolina A&T.
In last year's game, Quade Milum and Nate Linhart were huge factors. YSU focused on limiting Romeo Travis, Dru Joyce and Jeremiah Wood -- and succeeded. Still, it was allowing two role players combine for 32 points led to the 70-61 win.
The Penguins relied heavily on senior guards Quin Humphrey and Keston Roberts, but those guys are gone. Byron Davis became the leading scorer (14.7) after being more of a pass-first player last season. Post player John Barber leads the team in rebounding (5.8) and also scores 12.7 points per game.