Zips fans are about 48 hours away from their first taste of basketball.
"Walsh is a good team," assistant coach Jeff Boals said. "It's not a team that you can take lightly. Two years ago they won the NAIA National Championship."
Two St. Vincent/St. Mary's High School grads lead the Walsh Cavaliers: Brandon Weems and Corey Jones.
The Zips will work on limiting turnovers and fouls and improving defensively. Those were the main issues during Akron's super-secret scrimmage at Xavier this weekend.
The Musketeers are a really good team. Some expect them to win the Atlantic 10. You might remember point guard Drew Lavender, who was one of the nation's top point guard recruits. The Columbus native committed to Oklahoma, then transferred to Xavier.
"It went good," Boals said. "Xavier is really good. They were really impressive. They are an experienced team."
The Zips held with them for most of the scrimmage, which consisted of two 25-minute segments and some situational plays. Akron began to sub some of the bench players and fell behind by 10.
"We held our own," Boals said.
On the injury front, Jeremiah Wood's hand has gotten a lot better. Ronnie Steward is about to start running again after suffering a badly strained hip flexor. Cedrick Middleton has a sore knee, and the coaches might hold him out of the exhibition game on Thursday.
That is bad news for the Zips' already thin point guard situation. Steve McNees is a good shooter with reliable ball handling, but defensively is a liability. That is where you get some of the concern for fouls, which come as a result of guard penetration.
"The point guard spot is hardest to learn," Boals said. "He has to learn where people are going to be. Defensively, he's going to guard quicker guys."
Darryl Roberts, who could help at the point, can't play until December because of academics. He's quick and can shoot very well, but he hasn't practiced with the team. It's hard to say whether he'll contribute.
Boals couldn't say if the Andrew Moss who was arrested for armed robbery was the same Andrew Moss that was a walk-on with the team from Copley High School. However, he confirmed that Moss is no longer with the team. You can draw your own conclusions.
Akron has all five of its verbal commitments that it sought. You know about four of them. Per NCAA rules, Boals can't talk about recruits. Here is a list of the uncommitted players whom Akron has offered, according to Rivals.com... shooting guards Brett McClanahan and Chris Fouch and small forward Mike Shanahan. McClanahan only has an offer from Akron. Fouch has a boatload of offers. Shanahan appears to be pursuing football instead of basketball.
Boals played at Ohio U, the team that will come to town tomorrow for football. He said he's rooting for Akron because "the Zips pay the mortgage."
The team is excited about going to Alaska next week. "It will be good for the kids," Boals said." "Anytime you go to a different part of the country, it's an educational thing." Talk to me once you get off that cross-continental flight, guys.
A former administrator at the university was charged with setting up a hidden video camera in a women's restroom inside a dorm.
I can't elaborate, but this could be the beginning of some scandals you're going to hear about at the U. It doesn't get any juicier than this, though.
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