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Akron Zips basketball: UA advances to MAC Tournament championship

By George Thomas Published: March 11, 2016

No. 1 seed University of Akron advanced to the championship game of the 2016 MAC Tournament after beating No. 12 seed Bowling Green Falcons 80-66.

Center Isaiah “Big Dog” Johnson led the Zips with 23 points and six rebounds. Three other Zips scored in double figures.

Antwon Lillard led the Falcons with 12 points.

The Zips will meet the winner of No. 2 seeded Ohio and No. 3 seeded Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

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Akron Zips basketball: Men win a thriller against Eastern Michigan

By George Thomas Published: March 10, 2016

The No. 1 seeded University of Akron men’s basketball team squaked past the No. 8 seeded Eastern Michigan Eagles Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena 65-63.

Forward Reggie McAdams led the Zips with 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds before fouling out. Center Isaiah Johnson added a double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Raven Lee led Eastern Michigan with 23 points.

The Zips advance to the semi-finals Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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Akron Zips women's basketball: Brown, Plybon receive all-MAC honors

By George Thomas Published: March 7, 2016

Two members of the University of Akron women’s basketball team received post-season honors from the Mid-American Conference Monday afternoon.

Guard Anita Brown (21.3 points, 7.6 rebounds per game) was selected first team all-MAC while guard Hannah Plybon (16.7 points, 3.6 rebounds per game) earned second team accolades.


2015-16 All-Mid-American Conference First Team

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Akron Zips men's basketball: Four receive post-season honors from MAC

By George Thomas Published: March 7, 2016

Four University of Akron men’s basketball team members received post-season honors from the conference Monday.

Center Isaiah Johnson (13.1 points, 7.3 rebounds per game) was selected first-team. All-MAC for his efforts this season.

Forward/wing Reggie McAdams (11.1 points, 42 percent from the three-point arc) received a spot on the all-MAC second team. 

Guard Josh Williams (6.9 points, 2.3 rebounds per game, 42.5 percent from the arc) was selected for the conference’s all-freshman team and guard Antino Jackson (11.8 points, 3.5 assists per game) received an all-MAC honorable mention.

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Akron Zips football - Source: OSU RB to enroll, play at UA after graduation

By George Thomas Published: February 12, 2016

Warren Ball, a 6-foot-1, 224-pound running back, will leave the Ohio State football program after graduating this spring and enroll at the University of Akron for his final year of eligibility, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Because he will have graduated, Ball, a former Columbus high school standout and four-star recruit, will be eligible to play for the Zips this fall.  Given the loss of running backs Conor Hundley and Donnell Alexander, the opportunity for Ball to seize the starting job will be there.  In his time at OSU, Ball rushed for 189 yards on 41 carries.  He excelled at St. Francis DeSales High School and was ranked as the No. 13 running back by and No. 16 by in 2012.

Even with running back Ezekiel Elliot leaving for this spring’s NFL draft, Ball was projected to sit behind Curtis Samuel and Mike Webster for the 2016 season.  If the NFL is an aspiration, should he win UA’s starting job he will receive the opportunity to showcase his skills.

He will join other former Buckeyes on the UA roster, including defensive end Se’Von Pittman and linebacker Jamal Marcus.  Another former Buckeye, Akron native Tommy Brown, finished his eligibility this past season.  

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UA athletics department announces bobblehead series to close basketball season

By George Thomas Published: February 11, 2016

From a UA news release:  

The University of Akron men’s basketball, in conjunction with the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF), will give away a limited-edition bobblehead series featuring former Zips’ Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, and NBA Champion and MVP LeBron James.

 “It’s a very special bobblehead series for three guys who are dear to my heart,” head coach Keith Dambrot said. “We were all together in high school, and I coached two out of three of them in college. Rome and Dru helped jumpstart our program, which has led us to where we are today. LeBron has shown great support for the University and provides our program with one of the nation’s best shoe deals.”

The three-piece collection will be released at separate games, starting with the Dru Joyce bobblehead at the Tuesday, Feb. 16, contest against Buffalo.

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