Akron finally is playing in a postseason game. But you won't see it on television. I commend ONN for continuing on its path of worthlessness.
- Tom Gaffney's ABJ preview talks about Temple's size and match-up zone defense, which creates havoc for some teams.
- Mike Hixenbaugh's Buchtelite preview talks about the Zips' clear advantage: bench play.
- VanDelaySports.com's preview says Akron will need to play an up-tempo game and protect the post to win.
- Danny Sheridan says Temple will win by 6.5. He also says Miami, the MAC's other NIT team, will lose at Butler by 4.
- The Buchtelite's Kiel Fleming sounded off about the quiet fans in Rhodes Arena's lower bowl. He has some good points, but they probably aren't feasible with the arena's design.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a brief on the game.
- GoZips.com gives some good all-time stats: Akron is 0-3 all-time in the postseason. Akron has 22 wins. That is tied for the most in the university's Division I history.
- Pointspread.com's oddsmakers say the Zips will lose by 7.
- Having not seen Temple play this year, I don't want to make a solid prediction. I know Temple is awful at foul shooting (59.7 percent) and rebounding (-3.4 margin). However, they force a ton of turnovers with a margin of 7.6 per game.
- With the Owls' size, it's safe to say the Zips don't match up well. However, two intangibles should be considered. First, will the Owls play well for retiring coach John Chaney, who won't be on the sidelines anyhow? Second, will it show that an NIT berth means more to Akron than to Temple?
Hixenbaugh spoke yesterday with Domenik Hixon about Pro Day.
John Russell was the Buchtelite's Zips Athlete of the Week. Read Hixenbaugh's interview with him.