Akron (1-1) vs. Oklahoma State (1-0)
Time: 10:30 a.m. today.
What: Puerto Rico Tip-off.
Where: Coliseo Ruben Rodriquez, Beyamon, Puerto Rico.
Radio/TV: WARF 1350-AM, ESPNU.
Notes: Joining UA in the tournament are North Carolina State, UNC-Asheville, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Providence. The Zips face Oklahoma State in the opening game but without Demetrius Treadwell and Nick Harney. Point guard Alex Abreu, who is returning home with his backup Carmelo Betancourt, has an ailing ankle. Although Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford says his team has suffered injuries, this may still be a game that the Zips have to “steal.” They will again rely heavily on younger players, including freshmen Jake Kretzer and Reggie McAdams, who have played well. Deji Ibitayo made a strong impression offensively against John Carroll. Yes, it’s John Carroll, but 16 points is 16 points. The Zips need to work the ball to Zeke Marshall.
— George M. Thomas