Miami-Ohio (8-19) at Akron (23-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: James A. Rhodes Arena (5,500) -- Akron, Ohio. Television: SportsTime Ohio. Home Record: Miami 5-8, Akron 14-0. Away Record: Miami 3-11, Akron 7-4. Neutral Record: Miami 0-0, Akron 2-1. Conference Record: Miami 3-11, Akron 13-1. Series Record: Akron leads, 25-24.
GAME NOTES: The Akron Zips return home to James A. Rhodes Arena hoping to rebound as they host the Miami-Ohio RedHawks for Mid-American Conference action.
The Zips were on the verge of cracking the top 25 after reeling off an NCAA- best 19-straight victories before being defeated, 81-67, at Buffalo over the weekend. Akron will clinch the MAC regular season title with a win in this one as it holds a one-game lead over Ohio with just a home game versus Kent State remaining on the slate. Over the past 20 games, the Zips have outscored their opposition by 12.5 points per game and hold a +8.5 rebounding advantage. Akron is the only program in the MAC with five players connecting on 25-plus 3-point buckets.
John Cooper's RedHawks have stumbled down the stretch with only one win over their past 12 games. Miami was defeated on Saturday when it suffered a lopsided, 78-58 setback versus Kent State. The loss was the seventh in a row and dropped the team to an 8-19 overall record. Will Felder went 7-of-10 from the floor to net 18 points and Jon Harris made five of his six field goal tries to tally 16 points, but the rest of the team combined to go 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) from the field.
On the season, junior guard Allen Roberts is leading Miami in the scoring column with 12.7 ppg despite connecting on only 39.2 percent of his field-goal tries. Miami has been outscored by an average of 7.1 ppg in league action and has finished with more turnovers than assists in six of its last seven outings. Although they have had a poor overall performance throughout the course of the campaign, the RedHawks will still equal their win total from a season ago with one more victory.
Zeke Marshall paced the Zips against Buffalo with 17 points, six rebounds, five blocks and three steals. Demetrius Treadwell and Alex Abreu finished with 14 points each. Abreu dealt out three assists to arrive at a new-school record of 166 on the season. Marshall's five rejections gave him 101 blocks on the campaign, which makes him just the second player in conference history to surpass 100 blocks in a single-season. Marshall is one of the finalist for the Lou Henson Award, presented to the nation's top mid-major player thanks to his stellar senior campaign that has yielded 12.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per tilt. Treadwell (11.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Abreu (5.9 apg) have also done their part to keep the Zips in contention for the conference crown.
The RedHawks are going to have a tough time knocking off the Zips in their own building, as Akron is perfect at home on the season. The hosts will be focused as they have a chance to clinch a regular season title and rebuild some of their momentum before the postseason arrives.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Akron 71, Miami-Ohio 58
03/05 10:44:51 ET