On NIU from the UA Athletics Department:
- A victory would snap a four-game road losing streak for the Zips dating back to last season’s season finale at Kent State (March 2, 2012).
- A win would be the third for the Zips in the last four games against NIU.
- A victory would give the Zips at least a share of the East Division lead for the 11th-straight week during league play.
Giving props: Zeke Marshall is getting some love from SI.com's Luke Winn. Winn, a college hoops writer, said that Marshall is poised to have a breakout second half:
If the Zips reach the NCAA tournament -- and they've been the best team in the MAC thus far -- Marshall could have an Omar Samhan-like swan song.
TV update: ESPNU added two UA games to its schedule recently. The Jan. 19th game at Kent will air at 3 p.m. and their Feb. 2 game at home against Ohio will be broadcast at 5 p.m.
Good company: Akron is ranked 13th in the Jan. 7 edition of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll. Six of UA’s mid-major opponents appeared in the poll, including No. 1 Creighton, No. 12 Middle Tennessee, No. 15 Ohio and No. 25 Detroit. Western Michigan (19) and Kent State (6) received votes.
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