Akron (26-6) vs. VCU (26-8)
When: 9:45 p.m. today
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich.
TV/Radio: WOIO (Channel 19); WARF (1350-AM), for free at SportsRadio1350.com and on iHeartRadio. Steve French (play-by-play) and Joe Dunn (analyst) will have the call beginning at 9:15 p.m.
Notes: Zips coach Keith Dambrot’s team meets that of his protégé, Shaka Smart, for the fifth time since 2008. … Zips will face a team whose defensive schemes they borrowed. The Rams force 19.9 turnovers a game. … The Zips have a size and rebounding advantage as the Rams average 34.8 rebounds per game to the Zips 37.9 (13 offensive).
— George M. Thomas