For anyone who remembers the Zips’ painful 64-63 loss to Ohio in last season’s MAC Tournament championship game, the experience could be painful. In the end victory was simple: control point guard D.J. Cooper and the game, championship and trip to the big dance belonged to UA. Eventually the Zips had to watch the Bobcats go on an impressive run in the tourney.
Blame lack of depth for what happened in that game. Freshman Carmelo Betancourt may be the much needed answer to that problem.
A Puerto Rico native, Betancourt has apparently been locking opponents during workouts. Of course, game situations are completely different, but Dambrot is impressed.
“I like the fact that he likes to play. He works really hard on his game. He’s a pass first point guard and he’s a defensive point guard. He’s good on the ball, so he’s a great mix with Alex,” he said.
Looking at the schedule
The release of men’s hoops schedule was overshadowed a bit by Terry Bowden’s debut as Zips football coach last week, but the number of Sunday games should ensure that UA keeps a high profile on television. In the first two months of the season, the team plays five games on that day.