Being slapped by reality is never a bad thing. That’s what happened to the Akron Zips last Saturday against the Buffalo Bulls. No one will ever admit it, but the fall-behind-flip-the-switch-to-win mentality that held the team in its sway was destined to bite them in the butt.
That it happened is no longer the story. How they respond tonight and against Kent State is. Coach Keith Dambrot is expected the team to turn things around.
“If we get in the tournament and we play our best basketball, we're good,” he said after Monday’s practice. “We haven't played our best basketball; that's the thing. We have some good games left in us.”
Now is the time that those games need to come out. Here are three things the Zips need to do to beat the Miami RedHawks tonight:
Forget the past. Buffalo is done and over. Dambrot said the best is yet to come. Now is the time to prove it. The RedHawks arrive on a six-game losing streak
Miami is one of those teams that slowed the game to a glacial pace against them during their meeting. They outshot the Zips (barely) and UA eked out a 54-50 win. This time the Zips have to dictate tempo and tone as they did against OU and tried to do against Buffalo. That makes point guard Alex Abreu, who had six assists but just five points, more important. He needs to score more.
I don’t coach. I don’t pretend to know how to coach, but at this point of the season, I’m feeding center Zeke Marshall and forward Demetrius Treadwell It doesn’t have to be explained again, but they are the key to opening up the Zips offense on a consistent basis.