Yours truly will continue arguing up until game time that this is a risky game for the Akron Zips (21-4) given their season thus far. A 17-game winning streak? Nice. But anyone who’s honest can say that at times it’s been ugly. Tonight’s game against the North Dakota State Bison (20-7) is a chance for them to accomplish something only they can – make an impression on national television in prime time. That simple. How do they do it?
Key matchup: Zeke Marshall against Marshall Bjorklund. In that half-court game, the Bison will likely look to the inside for shots on a more consistent basis. Marshall needs to be on his game defensively to nullify him. With Braun out, statistically, he’s the Bison’s second leading scorer. Taking him out of the game would leave them with not a lot of options.
Key stat: The Zips are 3-2 at home in Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters games and they are 9-4 in non-conference games this season.