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Zips reveal conference hoops schedule

By George Thomas Published: October 15, 2013

From a UA athletic department news release: The University of Akron men's and women's basketball teams will make 10 guaranteed television appearances during conference play, with the possibility of four additional TV opportunities, the Mid-American Conference and Zips Athletics announced on Tuesday.

The MAC TV package includes 55 scheduled games, the largest men's and women's television package in league history. In addition, there will be 15 men's basketball games aired live on ESPN branded networks. 

The men's team will appear seven times on TWC Sports – with four additional 21-day wildcard opportunities on TWC Sports and the ESPN family of networks – while the women will make three appearances on TWC Sports. 

Akron will open its MAC television schedule with a pair of match-ups featuring last year's MAC championship game participants. The first TV appearance will come on Thursday, Jan. 9, when the women play host to defending MAC Champion Central Michigan on TWC Sports at 7 p.m. ET. The men's first MAC TV game will come at Ohio on Sunday, Jan. 12. Tip-off between the Zips and Bobcats – who have faced off in each of the past two MAC title games – is slated for 6 p.m.

The men will face Eastern Michigan on TWC Sports both in Ypsilanti, Mich., and in Akron. The Zips will play at EMU on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and play host to the Eagles on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Both contests are set for 7 p.m. tips on TWC Sports.

Following a men's contest at Bowling Green on TWC Sports on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., the women's squad will travel to Muncie, Ind., for a noon matchup with Ball State on Saturday, Feb. 15, on TWC Sports.

The men's squad will face back-to-back opponents on TWC Sports, playing on the road at Buffalo on Wednesday, Feb. 15 (7 p.m.), and playing host to Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 22 (6 p.m.).

Akron and Buffalo will face off on TWC Sports on back-to-back days in March, with the men playing host to the Bulls at James A. Rhodes Arena on Tuesday, March 4, and the women playing at Buffalo on Wednesday, March 5. Both contests are set to begin at 7 p.m.

In addition to the 10 set TV games for Akron, the men's squad could pick up four additional games, either on TWC Sports or on the ESPN family of networks. The Zips could face Toledo (Jan. 18), Central Michigan (Jan. 25) and Kent State (Feb. 1) on TWC Sports or ESPNU. Additionally, UA's season finale at the JAR against Kent State could air on ESPN2 or TWC Sports either on Friday, March 7, or Saturday, March 8. Game selections for these contests are announced 21 days in advance.

The league also announced that six men's and three women's contests at the 2014 FirstEnergy MAC Tournament will appear on TWC Sports. 

All games will be produced in high definition, distributed by TWC in Ohio and New York, and offered to ESPN for inclusion on ESPN3, Watch ESPN and ESPN Full Court.

In addition to the MAC television schedule, the men's team will make five appearances on the ESPN family of networks during its non-conference slate.

Both squads kick off the season on Friday, Nov. 8, as part of a season-opening doubleheader. The women will take the court against Florida Atlantic beginning at 5:30 p.m. The men's squad opens the defense of its 2013 MAC regular season and tournament titles against Coastal Carolina at 8 p.m. 

To commemorate the men's 2012-13 season, 2,000 replica championship rings will be given away as the Zips will receive their championship rings during pregame ceremonies. Each men's basketball season ticket account will be guaranteed to receive one replica ring and will receive a voucher for the ring with their season ticket mailing. The process for distributing the remainder of the rings will be announced at a later date.

The women will be honored for their 2013 MAC East championship, with the first 500 fans to enter the women's game will receiving a commemorative mini championship banner.

For all remaining game times for both the men's and women's teams, visit the respective team schedules on GoZips.com.

Season Ticket Information

Fans are encouraged to renew their men's and women's season tickets, as well as purchase new season tickets.

For men's basketball, floor seat season tickets are $1,200 (including a $750 Z-Fund donation) while season ticket prices for lower reserved seats at mid-court (sections C and K) are $800 (includes $500 Z-Fund donation). Lower reserved seats at the 3-point lines (sections B, D, J and L) are $500 (includes $250 Z-Fund donation) and lower reserved seats on the baselines (sections A, E, I and M) are $350 (includes $100 Z-Fund Donation). Upper reserved season tickets are $200, with obstructed view season packages for $150, and general admission (Zips Zone) season tickets are on sale for $75, $60 for Akron alumni.

For the first time, Zips Athletics is offering a men's basketball upper reserved faculty/staff season ticket package for $175. Lower reserved faculty/staff and lower reserved letterwinners/Varsity "A" (sections C and K) season tickets are also on sale for $750, which includes a $500 donation to the Z-Fund.

Family season packages, including two adult and two youth (ages 3-14) or one adult and three youth tickets, for the men's season are on sale for $250. Fans can add a women's basketball season ticket package to their men's package for the price of $30 for an adult or $50 for a family package.

New and renewed season tickets for women's basketball are $55. UA faculty and staff may purchase season tickets for $45 with their ID card. The family season package for $99 includes two adult tickets and two youth tickets (ages 3-14). Fans can add a women's basketball season ticket package to their men's package for the price of $30 for an adult or $50 for a family package.

New for the 2013-14 athletics calendar is the Alumni All-Sport Season Ticket Package for $175 (valued at $505) and includes the following:

Football Reserved season ticket ($120 value)Football parking – South campus parking deck ($30 value)Football concessions vouchers ($30 value)Men's soccer General Admission season ticket – includes exclusive soccer scarf ($75 value)Men's basketball General Admission season ticket ($75 value)Women's basketball General Admission season ticket ($55 value)Women's soccer General Admission season ticket ($40 value)Women's volleyball General Admission season ticket ($40 value)Z-Fund donation credit ($40 value)Start Z-Fund priority point accumulation

Akron fans can also purchase the "Zips All-Access 10-Pack." This unique ticket package includes 10 vouchers, redeemable for general admission tickets to any 2013-14 regular-season home athletics contest for the Zips six ticketed sports, as well as 10 buy-one, get-one-free Premium Chicken McWrap coupons at McDonald's – all for just $90.

Tickets can be purchased online at ZipsTickets.com, by phone at 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or in person at The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the intersection of E. Exchange and S. Union streets), Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.

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