When rebuilding a program from the depths of an abyss, you can't take the little things for granted -- like a winning streak.
Akron won its second-straight game for the first time since Jan. 26, 2005 tonight over Duquesne, 55-43.
Niki McCoy is making her case to become this team's go-to player. She dropped 17 points and 12 rebounds. Weird stat of the night: Akron won without making one of its 15 3-point attempts.
I just had a conversation today with Andy Alleman -- a Zips lineman who quietly has snuck up the draft boards this season.
He has an agent and plans to train for the Pro Combine at Velocity Sports in Connecticut. A lot of scouting Web sites have him as a top-10 offensive guard in the 2007 NFL Draft. He will play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic, but declined an invitation to the Hula Bowl.
When Bill Polian, the Indianapolis Colts general manager, attended the Akron-Buffalo game, he was there to watch Alleman. Same goes for Buddy Nix, the assistant GM for the San Diego Chargers.
To give you a little background, Alleman was a defensive lineman at Pitt, who transferred to Akron with J.D. Brookhart and Luke Getsy.
In just two years as an offensive lineman, Alleman has the attention of scouts across the country. He should receive an invitation to the combine in February. His agent, Joe Linta, has heard some teams have pegged Alleman as a second-rounder.
Being somewhat slender for an offensive guard, Alleman wants to add about 10 pounds on his 295-pound, 6-foot-4 frame. Any less and teams might pigeon-hole him as a zone blocker.
I think it's safe to say Alleman will be the highest Zips player drafted this year. Where? My guess is late third, but what do I know?