Akron beat Northern Illinois 2-1 in double overtime to advance to the MAC Championship. The Zips will play Buffalo for the conference crown Sunday at 2 p.m. in front of the home crowd.
Akron got its goals from Steve Zakuani and Michael Nanchoff. The Zips consistently had difficulty clearing the ball from NIU scoring position. The Huskies were the only MAC team whom Akron did not beat. The teams tied 0-0 earlier in the year.
Akron made it a lot closer than necessary against South Carolina Upstate last night.
The Zips eventually won 64-60, but the Spartans exposed some problems the team will need to overcome.
USCU outrebounded Akron 43-29. Akron made only 15 of 30 free throws. The team had only seven assists, compared to 13 turnovers.
Despite contributing to the latter two categories with nine missed free throws and five turnovers, Jeremiah Wood led the team with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Some sloppiness is excusable in the season's first game. Look around the nation. However, the Zips will need to gather themselves before tonight's matchup against Portland State. It starts at midnight EST.
I will break down the Vikings later today. I have to find something to do because there's no college football worth watching.