The university rewarded coach Caleb Porter with a new contract after the Zips set a school record for goals-against average (0.45) and reached the Sweet Sixteen.
Since he took over, Porter has somehow improved on Ken Lolla's fantastic recruiting. Porter says he and his family like Akron, so hopefully the Zips hold onto him at least until the Indiana job opens.
Looking forward to next season, it will be a real magic act to get Steve Zakuani to turn down European professional soccer next season. If anyone can do it, it's Porter.
Akron will play North Carolina A&T 7 p.m. tomorrow at Rhodes Arena.
If you remember the Zips-Aggies game last season, A&T shot very well (52 percent) and still got blown out by 18 (88-70). That A&T team was full of seniors. In fact, none of the starting Aggies on Dec. 19, 2007 will be playing on Dec. 13, 2008.
It's difficult to gauge A&T this season. Most of its games have been against teams they should beat by 50 (i.e. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy) or that should beat them by 50 (i.e. California).
Four Aggies average double figures in scoring. The team's biggest problems appear to be jump shooting and turnovers. They shoot 64 percent on free throws and 30 percent on 3s. The team's assist-to-turnover ratio is a staggeringly repulsive 1-to-1.4.
This should be a 15- to 20-point win for Akron. I won't be there for blogging purposes. The game follows my last exam. That means it's party time, not "watch Akron curb stomp some scrubs" time.
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