The Zeke Marshall Era begins unofficially tomorrow.
The Zips will play Mount Union in an exhibition game Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Rhodes Arena.
The coaches are downplaying the impact Marshall will have in order not to place unreachable expectations on the true freshman center. The fact is, however, he will be the player everyone watches as Keith Dambrot unveils the 2009-10 Zips.
I don't expect Marshall to average more than eight or nine points this season, but I do expect him to swat a lot of shots. I do expect him to average as many rebounds as he does points.
This is only an exhibition game. If you remember last year's game against Walsh, you'll remember how ugly these things can be. The Zips avoided an upset to an NAIA team by the spin of a basketball off the rim.
Considering that performance, I don't think Akron will look anything near the MAC Champions of last season, but they should show cohesion and effort, for those were two of the attributes of last year's team that lost only one player.
I plan to liveblog from the game, as well as any other game that my schedule permits.