Showing posts with label men's basketball. Show all posts
Showing posts with label men's basketball. Show all posts

Friday, June 10, 2011

LeBronCenter


Hey everybody, how's it going?

First things first: I apologize for the complete lack of updates this summer. There are two reasons for this; one is that my specialties are Akron football and basketball, and I didn't (don't) know enough about the baseball team to write good articles on them. The other is that I graduated early in May after the busiest and toughest four months of my life, then had to relocate and be ready to start my new job just two weeks later. Now that all of that has been accomplished, and I've acclimated myself, the blogging will resume.

Anyway, for news.

There is none.

Well, none that I'm happy with, anyway. When I originally heard that men's basketball head coach Keith Dambrot would be on Mike & Mike in the Morning earlier today, I was stoked. How often do the Zips get a chance on national television? Unfortunately, it hit me as soon as the program started; he's only on there to talk about LeBron.

ESPN makes me sick. Watching SportsCenter today is like being drilled in the teeth. It all started after the Cavaliers' playoff loss to the Boston Celtics last year. LeBron himself nabbed the first 27 minutes of airtime discussion on SportsCenter the day after, and the trend has continued and possibly increased thanks to the Heat's long playoff run:


via awfulannouncing.com


This so-called sports news program seems to have forgotten a few things. For one, the Stanley Cup is also in progress, a dead-even 2-2 series between two teams that absolutely hate each other. The "highlights" of these games last about 2 minutes each day on SportsCenter.

For another, the USA men's soccer international team trounced Canada in the first game of the Gold Cup earlier in the week. 97% of you reading this right now are wondering what the Gold Cup is. Case in point.

The Gold Cup is a rather large soccer tournament between teams in North and Central America....well, it's a big tournament for all but one country. "Sports"Center gave a whole 15 seconds of airtime to the USA victory, squeezing in the final score during a Top Play.

Back to Dambrot...don't take this the wrong way. I love the guy. He's an incredible basketball coach. There are very few college basketball teams that have the distinction of winning 20 games each of the last six seasons, and even less that can claim five consecutive conference championship appearances.

BUT.

Keith Dambrot, head coach of the University of Akron men's basketball team, went on a national sports talk show, and talked about LeBron. Defended LeBron.

I get it...he was LeBron's basketball coach in high school. I understand that. Head to the Mike & Mike in the Morning homepage to hear the interview if you want, but I can describe it to you here:

Q: What's up with LeBron only scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter through this entire series?
A: Jason Terry's too quick.

Or something like that.

For as well as the basketball team has done in the last few years (including putting up a fight against Gonzaga and Notre Dame in two NCAA tournaments), the head coach just received more airtime in one show talking about LeBron James than he has talking about his very successful mid-major basketball program in five years.

That is legitimately disappointing.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Roo News 3/17/11

Sorry for the delay, folks. Research project and blogging logistics...you know, the usual.

1) You've heard about it by now, but the Zips won the MAC Championship game and have advanced to the NCAA tournament, the only team from the MAC to do so. They've been seeded #15 and play the #2 seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish tomorrow at 1:30pm on TBS. It's going to be a long shot, obviously, but as Kevin Garnett would say...


One of those moments that almost make you like the guy, until you remember he's a complete and total idiot on the basketball court.

2) It's amazing what a single 9-block game will do for a guy. Zeke Marshall went from being a completely overrated pickup for Akron, to a "major talent", who Akron "hit it big" with. Now, looking at this as a huge Akron fan, I'm kind of pumped; but from an unbiased perspective, I'm not so sure he's a major talent at this point. In two years, yes, and I absolutely can't wait to see it. But when a 7-footer averages just 3.9 rebounds a game....

3) Here's a neat read on the Zips men's soccer picks in the MLS SuperDraft. I was really surprised to see Ampaipatakwong go so low, but I really hope the system fits him at San Jose.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

MAC Quarterfinals

Alright, this is getting hectic. Here's a quick recap/preview of Tuesday's/today's MAC First Round/Quarterfinal game.

I said that the Zips would defeat Eastern Michigan if they had a passing game. The Zips had a passing game. They won. Alex Abreu led the team with 5 assists, and it was a very well-played team game all-around. Four Zips players were between the 10-13 point range. Zeke Marshall grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the team in that department, along with 3 blocks.

Also of note, the appearance of Steve McNees in Tuesday's game placed him at the top of the list in career games played, with 137 (he ties Chris McKnight).

With that win, the Zips advance to the quarterfinals, in a televised 2:30pm match with Miami (Ohio). Akron lost on Miami's home court earlier this season, but made up for it with a 17-point beatdown at the JAR just a couple of weeks ago.

The good news is, Keith Dambrot is a tournament master with the Zips. Not only are the Zips 3-0 in opening round games under Dambrot, but 13-5 overall. Their record in the MAC tournament without him under the helm? A measly 1-7. However, that tournament mastery seems to end with the title game, as the Zips have dropped 3 of 4 MAC championships.

Tune in to STO in just a couple of hours. Or set your DVR. It's gonna be a good one.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The MAC Tournament Begins

Akron has grabbed the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament, earning a home first round game against 9-21 Eastern Michigan. If the Zips win, they advance to the second round (hosted in Quicken Loans Arena) to play the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks.

When these two teams met in the season, the Eagles took a 60-56 victory. Nik Cvetinovic grabbed a monstrous 16 rebounds, but the Zips were out-assisted 17-7 (very typical). If Akron can actually get a passing game going, this game will be a no-brainer.

The game is at 7pm, untelevised, so head out to the JAR for a good game.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Thus The Winning Streak Ends

The men's basketball team did a marvelous job of stopping Nick Kellogg and Tommy Freeman from three-point range yesterday, holding them to 0-4 and 1-6, respectively. However, they forgot all about D.J. Cooper, who went off for 8-13 shooting (7-10 from beyond the arc) to lead the game with 25 points. Oh, and he also had 9 assists.

I guess I forgot the mention that the Zips lost 80-55 TO THE BOBCATS! What is it about these guys? They're 17-13 yet they've managed to steamroll us through both games this year, not to mention taking the MAC Championship out of our hands the previous season.

Alex Abreu led the Zips with 11 points off of 4-6 shooting (3-3 from 3-pt range). Unfortunately he forgot how to pass the ball...0 assists, 5 turnovers.

Brett McKnight followed with 10 points, from 4-9 shooting (2-6 from 3-pt range). No other Zips scored more than 8.

Zeke Marshall had a decent 8 points off of 3-5 shooting, and also sent 3 balls into the stands to set the school block record in a single season. Congratulations, Zeke. Now get some rebounds.

Speaking of which, Brett McKnight and Quincy Diggs led the team in rebounding yesterday with...3 rebounds each...and facepalms ensue. The team as a whole was outrebounded 40-21. That's just embarassing.

Just in case I haven't done a well-enough job of describing exactly how bad this game was, here's a line from GoZips.com recap:

The Zips would begin to crawl back into the game after trailing 54-24 with 15:38 to go. Akron used a 7-0 run over the next three-plus minutes to cut the OU advantage to 54-31 with 12:20 on the second-half clock. The Zips would not reduce the lead any further.

The next Zips game is Friday against Kent State. It will be televised nationally on ESPN2 at 7pm. Tune in to watch KSUck.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Roo News, 3/1/11

1) The full football schedule has been released, although since the non-conference schedule was already out, there aren't any real surprises.

Sat, Sept. 3 @Ohio State
Sat, Sept. 10 Temple
Sat, Sept. 17 @Cincinnati
Sat, Sept. 24 VMI
Sat, Oct. 1 @Eastern Michigan
Sat, Oct. 8 FIU
Sat, Oct. 22 Ohio
Sat, Oct. 29 Central Michigan
Thu, Nov. 3 @Miami (Ohio) ESPNU
Sat, Nov. 12 Kent State
Sat, Nov. 19 @Buffalo
Fri, Nov. 25 @Western Michigan ESPNU

Other than the quick Thursday away game (after a home game just a few days before) the schedule looks great. The team will almost certainly start 0-3 (although it's always a close game with Cincinnati), but if Ianello can keep them focused after those three games, what should be easy wins against VMI, Eastern Michigan and FIU follow. A 3-3 Akron Zips team at that point is a very realistic possibility. After that it's a matter of taking control of the home games against Ohio, Central Michigan and Kent State. Three wins there (or during the three late away games) would make us bowl eligible for the first time since 2005.

Also, why is this the year that the only televised games are away games? For three years I've gotten into games for free for being a student, and almost all of the televised games have been home games. Now they switch? Criminal.

2) For the second time this season, Nikola Cvetinovic was named the MAC East Player of the Week. He's been marvelous lately, shooting 66.7% from the floor and an incredible (compared to the last two years) 88.2% from the free throw line (15-17).

3) Speaking of the men's basketball team, they take their 7-game win streak to Ohio today at 7pm. This is going to be a great game, so it's a real disappointment that it's not being televised. The Horizon League televises its games for free online. Hear that, MAC? Probably not.

The key to this game will lie in the matchup between Alex Abreu and Ohio's D.J. Cooper. These two are both flashy point guards, and last time Cooper completely outplayed Abreu, dishing out a ridiculous 15 assists.

As much trouble as the Bobcats generally give us, our three-point defense has improved tremendously from the last matchup, when Nick Kellogg and Tommy Freeman together shot 11-17 from beyond the arc.

4) The women's basketball team also has a big game, coming tomorrow at home against Kent State. Even though KSUcks, their women's basketball team currently stands at 19-8. Kara Murphy, the Zips' only senior, will be honored at halftime.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Charlie Coles Is Hilarious

In yesterday's post, I said the keys to the game against Miami (Ohio) would be defending the three-pointer and keeping Julian Mavunga out of the paint. The Redhawks were held to 5-23 (21.7%) shooting from beyond the arc. Julian Mavunga scored just 14 points, only getting to the line 6 times (in comparison with 15 the last time these two teams met).

The Zips won 72-55. And they look like the Zips that we've seen for the last few years.

Nik Cvetinovic once again gets my game MVP award. 21 points, from 8-11
shooting (5-6 from the line), 9 rebounds, 3 assists (and 3 turnovers), and just 2 personal fouls in 30 minutes.

Brett McKnight was a bit shaky in the post, but finished with 15 points on 6-12 shooting and 6 rebounds.

Alex Abreu's stats don't look too flashy (8 points, 3-4 shooting, 3 assists), but he single-handedly brought the Zips into this game. Akron missed 10 out of their first 13 shots and just looked groggy until Abreu sank two three-pointers.

Brett McClanahan had a bad day, shooting 0-4 and not grabbing a single rebound. Quincy Diggs started rough, but made a clutch steal near the end that kept the momentum in Akron's favor.

Lastly, Miami head coach Charlie Coles is flippin' awesome. I think I'm in love with that old codger.


Not only are the Redhawks a well-coached, well-disciplined team, but even in the midst of losing badly near the end of last night's game, Coles was fist-pumping and joking around with the AK Rowdies during a "Charlie!" chant.

The next men's basketball game is home Saturday against Buffalo at 7pm. Seniors Brett McKnight, Darryl Roberts, Steve McNees and Mike Bardo will be recognized.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jam The JAR

The Zips are returning for two home games this week at the perfect time; riding a 5-game win streak. The first game is tonight at 7pm against Miami (Ohio).

There are still plenty of tickets available, so come watch the Zips fight for a first round bye in the MAC tournament. The first matchup between these two teams resulted in an 84-76 loss, but this is a completely different Akron team. The key will be defending the 3-point shot and keeping Julian Mavunga out of the paint. He shot 15 free throws in the last go-'round.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Creighton's Been BracketBusted

The Zips capitalized on a poor-shooting game from Creighton to grab a 76-67 victory yesterday, in ESPNU's BracketBuster shindig. That makes 5 wins in a row for a team that was rather inconsistent just a few weeks ago.

Brett McKnight stepped up in a big way, shooting 9-13 for 21 points and a steal. Strangely enough, that did not come with a single rebound.

Nik Cvetinovic has been the team MVP this year in my book. He's not always there offensively (in terms of percentage), but his defensive effort and intensity never go away. He finished yesterday 7-14 for 19 points, with 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. He was also 5-6 from the free throw line, an area he struggled greatly in last year.

Another solid game from Alex Abreu: 2-4 shooting, 5-7 from the line, for 9 points, 3 assists and 2 steals, all in just 14 minutes.

And then there's Zeke Marshallow....that's probably enough said, but just in case you don't believe me: 1-6 shooting, 2 points, 3 rebounds (HE'S 7'0"!!!!), an assist, a block, and a steal. And 5 personal fouls. In 13 minutes. Holy cow.


The Zips are at home Wednesday against Miami (OH).

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Zips Defeat Ball State. Twice.

Men's Basketball:

The Zips have looked like a good team for the first time this year recently, and reinforced it yesterday with a 75-60 victory over Ball State. Five Akron players scored at least 10 points and Mike Bardo stepped up in Zeke Marshall's absence, who was in foul trouble for most of the game. Only playing 12 minutes didn't stop Marshall from setting the new Akron sophomore block record, now with 60 on the season.

Steve McNees led the team in scoring with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He also scored the first points off of an aggressive drive, which really set the tempo for the rest of the game.

Nikola Cvetinovic played another excellent defensive game, grabbing 8 rebounds, but also put up 13 points and nabbed 2 assists.

Brett McKnight played another game with less than 20 minutes, but scored 12 points on 3-6 shooting (3-5 from 3-point range) and grabbed 3 rebounds.

Alex Abreu was only 2-7 shooting, but played an aggressive game and ended at 7-8 from the line, with 11 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists.

Ball State was a one-man show. Jarrod Jones scored 19 points off of 9-14 shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds. They had 14 turnover's to Akron's 8.


Women's Basketball:
My DVR decided to record a grand total of 0 minutes of this game, instead of 3 hours, and I'm still feeling a bit salty about it. Not only did the lady Zips grab a 78-65 victory over Ball State, but Taylor Ruper set a new Zips record for three-pointers in a single game with 8. She shot 8-10 from beyond the arc, and 9-13 total to finish with 26 points, tying her career high.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Zips Basketball Saturday

For those that don't know (because I haven't posted it...d'oh!) there's a Zips doubleheader going on today. Both the women's and men's basketball teams will be playing Ball State at home. Both games are being televised on SportsTime Ohio; the women at 5 and the men at 7:30.

Also, time for a rare Cavaliers sidenote. Go. Cavs. Holy cow, that was a great game yesterday. I sincerely hope LeBron was watching that game. Very few teams in the NBA (and definitely not the Miami Heat) are able to draw 20,000 people a night on a 20+ game losing streak. Some of the best fans in the league are in Cleveland. Enjoy your time in South Beach, LeBron. I'm sure it's worth it.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Roo News 2/3/11

1) The men's basketball team lost yesterday's game at Eastern Michigan 60-56. It was a poor shooting night for both squads, with the Eagles shooting 40.8% and the Zips just 30.6%.

Eastern Michigan's Brandon Bowdry was the easy MVP of the game, shooting 9-15 for 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Nik Cvetinovic had a monster night on the boards, pulling in 16 total (10 offensive!). He also had 13 points. Zeke Marshall led the Zips in scoring with 15, to go with 7 boards.

The Zips travel to Toledo on Saturday.

2) The women's basketball squad dropped another conference game to Toledo, falling to 2-7 in conference play. Rachel Tecca had yet another double-double (her 10th of the season...so does that make it a double-double-double?). To be fair, the Rockets are leading the MAC at the moment. The lady Zips next head to 9-13 (3-6) Northern Illinois for a 4pm Saturday matchup.

3) The football team signed 23 total players to the squad. It breaks down to:

5 offensive linemen
4 defensive backs
4 defensive linemen
3 running backs
3 quarterbacks
2 linebackers
1 wide receiver
1 kicker

And a partridge in a pear tree. What does this all mean? Well, we at least know we have some depth at quarterback now. Maybe having his job threatened will help make Patrick Nicely a better passer. Probably not.

The large number of linemen and running backs is also a great thing. The linemen because our offensive line was so horrid last year, the running backs because, well...we don't have any good ones now that Alex Allen is gone.

The 1 wide receiver worries me. We were really stretched last year halfway through the season.

We'll see if Rob Ianello lives up to his reputation as a top-25 recruiter. Heck, dare we hope to win 2 games this season?

You can see a more detailed summary and player profiles for this year's recruiting class here.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Defensive Domination on National TV

After six MAC games, the Zips had the worst three-point defense in the conference. Yesterday evening, Central Michigan was held to 29.4% from beyond the arc; and hey, whaddaya know! We won 63-43!

So let's get down to it. All in all, the Zips played phenomenal basketball. They took their time on the offensive end (which is always when they're at their best) and let Alex Abreu run the show when he was on the floor. One of the strongest points of this year's team is that almost everybody on the team can sprint the floor on defense, and handle the ball well on offense.

The Great:

- Zeke Marshall. His rebounding wasn't great (only 3), but he stayed out of foul trouble and shot 5-5 from the floor and 6-8 from the line to lead the team with 16 points.

- Nikola Cvetinovic, the reason Zeke Marshall only grabbed three rebounds. The Serbian Wonder pulled in 10 rebounds along with 8 points.

- Mike Bardo; a season-high 6 rebounds in 12 minutes. I like this guy. Pure hustle when he's on the court.

The Good:

- Steve McNees. He finished with 9 points, all from threes (go figure) and led the team with 4 assists.

- Alex Abreu. He's just fun to watch. He's also going to be pretty darn good in the next few years. He finished with 6 points (2-6, 1-3 from three-point range) and 3 assists.

- Quincy Diggs played the sixth-man role perfectly, shooting 3-4 for 8 points and 4 rebounds. Unfortunately he also had 4 turnovers.

The Not So Good, But We Won So I Can't Really Call It Awful:

- Brett McKnight. I don't know what happened to him. He finished this game 1-4, 2 points, 1 rebound, a steal, and 3 fouls. I wouldn't think that missing 7 games would affect a senior this badly, especially the former Sixth Man of the Year in the MAC, but other than one 21 point game this year, he's been out of it.

That's all folks! No televised games for a while, but the Zips travel to Eastern Michigan this Wednesday for a 7pm matchup.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Roo News 1/28/11

1) The 2011 non-conference football schedule has been released. Here are the first four games of next season:

Sat, Sept. 3: @ Ohio State
Sat, Sept. 10: FIU
Sat, Sept. 17: at Cincinnati
Sat, Sept. 24: VMI

I like this. We all knew that first tune-up away game against a Big Ten team was coming. Cincinnati is a great team as well, but one that we generally play well against. That will probably be a 5-15 point loss. In terms of the home games, the rare Sun Belt/MAC matchup against FIU should be a good home opener, and as long as the FCS match against VMI doesn't turn out like last year's soul-crushing overtime loss to Gardner-Webb, we may see a 2-2 Zips team going into conference play.

2) The men's basketball team has another televised game on Sunday, so if you're not willing to pay the $15 to watch it live, tune in to ESPNU at 6pm.

3) Did anybody else watch the Knicks beat the Heat last night? Aaah, that's just good for the heart.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

It's a Bird! It's a Donkey! No, It's a MAC Official!

Another incredibly disappointing televised loss for the men's basketball team yesterday. I'll just cut to the chase. The final score was 83-74. Northern Illinois shot 44.4% while the Zips shot 41.8%. But the Zips connected on 5 more three-pointers than the Huskies, while winning that percentage battle by 8.4%. So why was the score this bad with stats like that, you ask?

It could have been due to the Huskies outrebounding the Zips 43-34.

It wasn't.

It may have been because of the following statistics:

Akron was 6-12 in free throw shooting for the game. NIU's Xavier Silas was 16-20. NIU as a team shot 29-40.

Read that again. Yep. Silas had 8 more free throws than the entire Zips team. The rest of the Huskies had an additional 20.

The announcers immediately chalked it up to the lack of aggressive play from Akron. I agree...that some of it was due to a lot of jump shooting from the Zips.

Folks, it may look bad on paper; it looked a lot worse on television. At the end of the game, five Akron players had 4 fouls, including Alex Abreu, who totaled 14 minutes on the court.

Whatever the issue, the Zips are now 2-4 in the MAC and need to get themselves going. Bad officiating happens (*cough cough* every game in the MAC *cough*). It's part of the game. The Zips need to play better than the refs if they want to make it to the tournament this year.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Roo News 1/21/11

1) The men's basketball team has been doing their usual MAC-play tanking, losing their last two to Buffalo and Miami (OH). They're now 10-8 (1-3 MAC) and play 8-10 (3-1 MAC) Bowling Green Saturday. The game will be on SportsTime Ohio at 7:30pm, so tune in. So far this year, the Zips have been controlling the ball incredibly well, forcing an average of around 4 turnovers more than they give away; however, the rebounding hasn't been pretty. Unless Zeke Marshmallow steps up again, it will more of the same story against Bowling Green.

2) The lady Zips have also been losing their in-conference games and are now 8-9 (1-4 MAC). They also play Saturday, also on SportsTime Ohio, at 5pm against 12-7 (3-2 MAC) Eastern Michigan. Anybody that has a ticket for the men's game gets into the women's game for free. So go. Or face the wrath of Zippy.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Day of Zero Wins

Ugh....

The Zips had won 6 of their last 7, and 4 straight home games; so it's only natural that the first game in this stretch I attended had a quite hideous result.

Ugh....

This was the worst Zips basketball game I have ever seen. In so many ways. Zeke Marshall once again countered a wonderful game with another one of his worst performances. The effort of the team in general was nowhere to be found for the first part of the first half. The officiating....oh, boy, the officiating....had the crowd leaning over the barrier, screaming at the referees just 7 minutes into the game; and it never got better. Steve McNees exchanged rather obscene words with an idiot AK Rowdie sitting one row ahead of me. The coaches and assistants (the coaches and assistants!) got into some sort of scrum just after the final whistle that involved athletic director Tom Wistrcill having to hold some people back. Nik Cvetinovic and Ohio forward DeVaughn Washington nearly attacked each other during above-mentioned scrum.

Ugh....

Oh yeah, did I mention the Zips lost to the 7-8 Ohio Bobcats 79-70 thanks to some horrible play, horrible effort, and horrible officiating?

The Great:

- The point guard matchup between Alex Abreu and middle-schooler-lookalike D.J. Cooper. Both made some serious eye-opening plays. The advantage on the night went to Cooper, who had just three turnovers. Abreu had seven, at least five of which bounced off the hands of his fellow Zips, including some behind-the-back brilliance to Zeke Marshmallow.

The Good:

- Ugh....

The Facepalm-causing Awful:

- Everybody's shooting. Let's see, 5-13, 3-9, 2-8, 2-7, 4-10...the Zips shot a tremendous 28.6% in the first half, following up with 41.5% in the second. Compare this to a Bobcat game percentage of 52.9%.

- Zeke Marshmallow's hands. Oh, and Mike Bardo's hands...and Quincy Diggs's...

- The aforementioned idiot AK Rowdie.

- Defense. Bobcats Nick Kellogg and Tommy Freeman shot 6-9 and 5-8 from beyond the arc, respectively.

- Probably anything else you can think of.

In slightly less disappointing news, the women's basketball team also lost yesterday, to the 15-1 Bowling Green Falcons. It's slightly less disappointing because there was effort involved. Four Zips finished in double digits, but nobody could handle Bowling Green's Lauren Prochaska, who shot 11-16 and finished with 28 points.

The men next travel to Buffalo for a 2pm Sunday game and the women return home for a 2pm Saturday matchup against the 9-7 Miami Redhawks.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Zip > Flash

1) Zeke Marshmallow no more! Why, oh why couldn't I have been at this game? The Zips men's basketball team pulled off a truly clutch 65-62 win over Kent State (KSUcks!).

The Great:

- Zeke Marshall and his late 8-0 scoring run to lead the Zips to the victory. He finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

- Brett McKnight's shooting. He was only 5/10 from the field, but 2/3 from beyond the arc and 7/9 from the line to end with 19 points.

The Mediocre:

- Everybody else aside from the three mentioned below.

The Come On, Man:

- The shooting of Steve McNees, Brett McClanahan and Nikola Cvetinovic, who combined to shoot 4/8 from the line, 3/13 from downtown, and 5/23 overall.

The next men's game is home on Wednesday against Ohio at 7pm. The Bobcats always put up a heck of a fight. I'll be there, dorkily keeping stats on the roster.

The women also won their game Saturday, downing the lady Bobcats 54-45. Rachel Tecca led the team with 19 points off of 8/18 shooting. Kara Murphy shot 6/13 for 13 points, and Taylor Ruper knocked in three treys for 9 points overall. The lady Zips face a challenge on the road against 13-1 Bowling Green on Wednesday.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Roo News 1/8/11

1) My moving is all done. Classes are starting again. Zips Sports Blog is back up and running. Oh yeah.

2) The men's basketball team has been rambling through the non-conference schedule while I've been gone. Of the last 6 games, the only loss has come to Miami (FL). The Zips now are 9-5. Their five losses have come to aforementioned Miami, #20 Minnesota, Temple, Cleveland State, and Dayton. If I (or anybody) had to pick the five games on the schedule that I would rather have the team lose, there's no doubt that those five would come to mind. Every single one of them is a tournament-quality team.

3) The women's basketball team is 7-6. They dropped their MAC opener to Buffalo, but take on 4-10 Ohio at noon today. The game can be seen on SportsTime Ohio.

4) The big game is today; so naturally I am going to miss it thanks to a poorly-timed soccer game. The men's team takes on Kent State at home later today at 7pm (Also on SportsTime Ohio). Kent State has a good team this year, similar to the team that drubbed us twice last year. Also, Dambrot doesn't do well against the Golden Flashes; his all-time record against them is 5-9. Look for tomorrow's celebratory recap.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Men's Basketball 2-1 In Las Vegas Classic

Hopefully everybody had/is having a great Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus/Another-Made-Up-Holiday-Because-I'm-Too-Cool-For-Christmas-Or-Hanukkah and is ready for a new year.

We didn't miss much over the break; the women's game tomorrow is cancelled, and the men played three games in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic, finishing 2-1. The men also play at home on Wednesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Here's a short recap of the Las Vegas Classic games. Regular posting will resume after New Years. Thanks to those that are still reading.


- Good game all around. Darryl Roberts led the team with 16 points, Zeke Marshall avoids being called a marshmallow by finally playing his size and grabbing 14 rebounds, and Alex Abreu does his job as well by getting 6 assists.

Stetson (W) 72-56

- Steve McNees shot 4/9 from behind the arc to lead the team with 16 points, Alex Abreu had 7 assists, but nobody stood out in rebounding; Brett McClanahan led with 6.

Miami (FL) (L) 69-61

- Other than the strange blowout loss to Temple earlier this year, the Zips tend to play one of two ways against big-time teams. They either lead at halftime then fall apart in the last 10 minutes, or they fall behind early, then play their butts off only to lose by single digits. The Miami game falls into the latter category. The Zips were down 22-9 early on.

- Brett McKnight woke up for this one. He's only been getting 15-20 minutes so far this year, and got 19 in this game, but shot 8-12 and finished with 20 points.