Akron (17-10) at Miami-Ohio (10-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Millett Hall (6,400) -- Oxford, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Akron 10-2, Miami-Ohio 6-5. Away Record: Akron 6-6, Miami-Ohio 4-10. Neutral Record: Akron 1-2, Miami-Ohio 0-0. Conference Record: Akron 9-5, Miami-Ohio 6-8. Series Record: Akron leads, 27-24.
GAME NOTES: After losing two straight games, the Akron Zips are letting their conference title chances slip a bit following a drop from the Mid-American Conference East Division's top spot. The Zips will try to get back on track when they travel to face the Miami-Ohio RedHawks in a conference bout at Millett Hall.
Akron has dropped three of its last four games - all in conference play. The Zips fell at home to Ohio, 66-50, on Saturday in their most recent outing, and now own a 9-5 conference record. Akron was once the top team in the MAC East, but sits a game behind Buffalo now and in a tie for second with Ohio.
Miami-Ohio has struggled recently, but the RedHawks finally put an end to a five-game losing streak with a victory over Bowling Green, 55-52, on Sunday. Miami is 6-8 in the MAC this season.
Akron holds a slim lead in the all-time series between the two programs, 27-24. The Zips got the better of the RedHawks earlier this season on Jan. 15 when they clashed at Akron, 59-52.
Akron didn't have much going its way on Saturday in the team's double-digit loss to conference for Ohio. The Zips connected on just 26.8 percent of their field goal tries in the game, and allowed the Bobcats to hit 54.7 percent of their shots. Ohio went into the intermission with a 36-20 lead and never looked back. Three players for the Zips netted 13 points. Demetrius Treadwell had 13 with nine rebounds, and Quincy Diggs added 13 and nine boards of his own. Deji Ibitayo came off the bench to score 13 in the defeat. Besides those three players with 13 points, the Zips got 11 combined points from five other players in the game.
Treadwell has had a great season for Akron, leading the team in both scoring and rebounding. Treadwell nets 14.7 ppg through his 27 games played, and adds 8.8 rpg. Diggs is behind Treadwell in both departments, scoring 12.2 ppg with 4.5 rpg. Diggs also leads the team in assists with a 2.6 apg mark, and adds a team-high 1.7 spg. The Zips are scoring 68.1 ppg while allowing opponents to score just 66.6 ppg.
Miami-Ohio was certainly tired of its losing ways, and needed to grind out the last few seconds of Sunday's contest against Bowling Green to capture the win. A few free throws in the final minute helped give the RedHawks a lead, and a missed Bowling Green 3-pointer at the buzzer sealed the victory. Will Felder and Willie Moore each netted 11 points to pace the RedHawks, while Moore added six rebounds. Felder dished out a team high-tying four assists in the win.
Felder leads the team in scoring this season with a 14.5 ppg average, hitting 53.4 percent of his shot attempts from the field. Felder's 6.8 rpg mark is a team high, and his 24 blocked shots is 15 more than the next-highest total of nine. Geovonie McKnight is second on the team in active scoring with 10 ppg and 60 assists. Quinten Rollins is the team's leading passer with 95 assists and a team-best 56 steals on the year.
Akron really had a hard time getting anything going offensively on Saturday against Ohio, but managed to put up 90 points in the team's loss to Buffalo in its prior contest. The inconsistency is evident with the Zips, but against a team like Miami that had lost five in a row before an escape-act Sunday, the Zips should be able to right the ship.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Akron 75, Miami-Ohio 65
02/26 10:35:12 ET