GAME NOTES: The Akron Zips look to extend their nation's best 14-game winning
streak on Saturday as they venture to Millett Hall to square off with the
This matchup will break the all-time series tie between these schools. Both
have won 24 times against the other. The Zips have won four straight in the
series, including a 65-60 road win in Oxford last year. Akron is 8-17 in
Oxford, having won two of their last three games at Millett Hall.
Akron kept control of sole possession of first place in the MAC standings on
Tuesday as it coasted to an 68-56 victory over Central Michigan. The Zips' 14-
game winning streak is the longest active streak of any current Division I
program and their 9-0 mark in league play makes them the only team in the MAC
without a loss to a conference foe.
Coach Keith Dambrot's squad is outscoring its opponents by 11.8 in league
action thanks to its conference leading average of 75.0 ppg. The Zips also
have the third-best scoring defense in the MAC, allowing only 62.5 ppg. Senior
center Zeke Marshall posts 12.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per
contest while Demetrius Treadwell contributes 10.8 points and 7.5 boards a
game. Marshall is the MAC's all-time and active NCAA career blocked shots
leader (323). Junior point guard Alex Abreu is also valuable to Akron's
success as he deals out 6.0 assists per tilt. Abreu played a huge role in the
team' victory over the Chippewas as tallied 15 points and seven assists in the
The Zips shot 49.1 percent from the floor (26-of-53 and 37.0 percent from
long range, while limiting the Chippewas to 41.2 percent (21-of-51) shooting
to earn the 12-point triumph. Treadwell added 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting
from the floor while Akron won the rebounding battle, 33-26. The win improved
the Zips to 9-0 in league play for the first time ever.
The RedHawks suffered their fifth loss in six games on Wednesday in
heartbreaking fashion as Toledo's Nathan Boothe connected on a 3-pointer at
the buzzer to hand Miami a 65-64 loss. The setback downed their league record
to 3-6, which put them in a three-way tie with Kent State and Buffalo for last
place in the East Division standings.
Coach John Cooper's unit shot 46.8 percent from the floor while allowing the
Rockets to drain 51.1 percent of their field goals. Allen Roberts had his
second straight strong showing with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Freshman
guard Reggie Johnson scored a team-high 16 points, while Geovonie McKnight and
Will Felder provided 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Miami is averaging 4.6 points less than its opposition this season. The
RedHawks are one of the most generous teams in the MAC, allowing 69.7 ppg on
48.2 percent shooting from the field. Roberts is leading Miami with 12.9,
while Felder (11.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and Johnson (9.1 ppg) are both capable of
filling it up on occasion as well.
The RedHawks do not match up well with Akron, which has an all-league caliber
player at each position. Marshall's presence in the paint on both ends has
turned him into the frontrunner for MAC Player of the Year, as his team has
seemed invincible for some time now.