Akron (11-4, 2-0) vs. Ball State (7-7, 1-1)
Time: 7 tonight.
Where: Rhodes Arena.
TV/Radio/Internet: WARF (1350-AM); no TV; MAC Digital Sports Network.
Notes: The Zips will be going for their eighth consecutive victory and third in a row in the Mid-American Conference against the Cardinals. ... The Zips will need to protect the perimeter and not allow Ball State shooters Jessie Berry and Jauwan Scaife to get hot. The Zips also have to contain the MAC’s leading rebounder, Majok Majok. ... Offensively, the MAC’s leading offense — yes, UA — needs to keep doing what it has been doing, although it would help the Zips immensely if Alex Abreu continued his return to form of last year.
— George M. Thomas