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Zips remain 9th in Mid-Major poll

By mrasor Published: January 8, 2008

Men's basketball
Akron retained its ninth position in the Mid-Major Top 25.
Kent State continues to lead the MAC teams and sits only two voting points ahead of the Zips. Ohio and Miami also received points.
As an aside, this year's Kent State/Akron matchup should be good for the community to see. Many casual basketball fans probably thought the Zips would fade once Romeo Travis and Dru Joyce graduated.
It has only been two games, but the way the Zips have played has me thinking the team might have its easiest path through the conference schedule since Keith Dambrot arrived. The lineup of Nick Dials, Steve McNees, Nate Linhart and Jeremiah Wood makes me all warm inside.
As you can tell, I only listed four players. Cedrick Middleton needs to be more consistent in order to move Linhart to the four. Either that or Chris McKnight and Quade Milum must start earning their minutes.
Speaking of McKnights, what is the point of burning Brett McKnight's redshirt if he's sitting the bench? On Saturday, he entered the game with the reserves at the one-minute mark. I have a hunch that he is one of the best players on the roster once Dambrot commits to giving him solid minutes. I have another hunch that Dambrot is giving him heck about his lack of defense. A third hunch tells me that the positives of playing him outweigh the negatives (see McNees).
In essence, I felt it necessary to ramble about the Zips because so many of you are ready to lynch me for my recent Buckeyes post. (Man, they stunk.) One of my friends said fans might stop following Ohio State after all of these disappointments in national championships. I don't think that's possible, but it's a nice thought.

    Back to the Zips...
    Here is what Dambrot said in his weekly press conference. He talks about the rise of Linhart and McNees, the gameplan against Buffalo and the power forward position.
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