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Don’t give up on Akron

Don’t give up on Akron

Matthew Balsinger The 2012-2013 Akron Zips basketball season was marked with adversity, which the team was forced to overcome throughout the season. The Zips, however, fell to a final dose of adversity in the first week of the NCAA tournament, losing to Virginia Commonwealth University 88-42. Before the season began, the Zips lost senior forward […]

Akron vs. VCU preview

Akron vs. VCU preview

Matthew Balsinger As the first round of the NCAA national championship tournament begins, there is a lot of bracket and team analysis going around the media. If you’ve had the misfortune to read any analysis on Akron and VCU, you’ll surely hear that the Zips are going to be blown out. Now, I’m not going […]

Madness? This is AKRON!

Madness? This is AKRON!

D.J. Johnson Keith Dambrot will be making his third appearance in the NCAA tournament this week, yet never has a postseason felt this good to the Akron head coach. A convincing 65-46 MAC championship victory over the Ohio Bobcats Saturday night gave Dambrot his most gratifying win in his nine years at Akron. “This is […]

Though NCAA may be out, light still shines on possibility of WNIT bid

Parker Perry The Akron women’s basketball team set records as well as new standards in 2013. When women’s basketball head coach Jodi Kest arrived in Akron for the 2006-2007 season, the program was not in a good place. Now, the Lady Zips are one of the up-and-coming premier programs in the Mid-American Conference, a conference […]

Chance of the ages

Chance of the ages

Matthew Balsinger Though there are no longer regular-season games to use to rank the teams, there is the actual performance of each team in the tournament. Women’s Basketball The Lady Zips have been an exciting surprise this year, receiving the third seed in the tournament. Most basketball fans often ignore women’s basketball for the oft-covered […]

Tecca aims high on and off the court

Tecca aims high on and off the court

Bridget Linton Whether she’s hitting the hardwood or hitting the books, Rachel Tecca has had incredible success on and off the court this basketball season. Tecca is no stranger to victory. As a graduate from Archbishop Hoban high school, Tecca was the all-time leading scorer, led her team to four consecutive conference titles and three […]

#ThinkBigger

Matthew Balsinger On Saturday, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal published a rather forceful article to describe the possible impact of Alex Abreu’s actions on the Zips’ remarkable season. Ridenour is a respected voice on the Zips; however, I do not believe it is beneficial for this publication to focus on the unfortunate actions […]

Zips clinch season

Zips clinch season

Matthew Balsinger The University of Akron men’s basketball team defeated The University of Miami 72-58 Tuesday night, to clinch the MAC regular-season title. This is the second consecutive year the Zips have won the regular-season title, going into the MAC tournament next week. With the victory over Miami, the Zips have also claimed the top […]

Akron falls to Buffalo

Akron falls to Buffalo

D.J. Johnson Perhaps it was back-to-back road games that wore down the Akron Zips. It could have been the poor shooting performance that was too much to overcome. Or maybe Buffalo forward Javon McCrea was just that good. One thing for certain is that the nation’s longest win streak was snapped on Saturday night. McCrea […]

Victory in Athens

Victory in Athens

Matthew Balsinger The Zips continued their sweep through the Mid-American Conference Wednesday night in Athens, as they defeated The Ohio University Bobcats 88-81, advancing their winning streak to 19 games. This is the first time that the Zips have swept Ohio in the regular season in six years, and the Zips have become the first […]

Akron stays on top

Akron stays on top

Matthew Balsinger Sports Editor #12 Central Michigan The Chippewas are 2-10 in conference play and have lost every single game they’ve played against Akron and Ohio. For the rest of the season there is nothing to play for, other than respect. Do not expect CMU to be in the tournament. #11 Northern Illinois Northern Illinois […]

Women's basketball power rankings

Women’s basketball power rankings

Matthew Balsinger Sports Editor #12 Kent State (#12 in last ranking) It’s really a tossup between Ohio and Kent State for the bottom spot. Kent has the lowest overall record, so they get the honor of last place. Three overall wins in the season is absolutely atrocious. The Flashes should use the rest of this […]

Akron rolls on

Akron rolls on

D.J. Johnson On Dec. 15, 2012, an 80-73 upset loss to the Detroit Titans left the Akron Zips with a 4-4 record to start the season. More than two months later, that loss remains the most current, as a 67-50 win over Bowling Green Saturday night extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games. […]

March Madness tournament

Matthew Balsinger Sports Editor As March quickly approaches, the possibility of an NCAA tournament bid for Akron is reaching exciting levels. There are some fans out there, however, who don’t know how the NCAA tournament works, or how teams are selected. Since the Zips have a good chance of getting a tournament nod, it’s important […]

Winning streak continues

D.J. Johnson After a gritty 54-50 win over the Miami RedHawks on Saturday afternoon, the Zips 15 consecutive wins is not only their longest in over 50 years but the longest active streak in the nation. The victory over Miami was not pretty by any stretch of the imagination, at least by head coach Keith […]

Akron wins big

Akron wins big

D.J. Johnson Twitter handles featured on the Zips’ new uniforms were the center of discussion leading up to the matchup between the top two teams in the Mid-American Conference. Once the game started, it was the Zips that did the handling in the sold-out James A. Rhodes Arena, as five players in double figures led […]

Bowling Green preview

Bowling Green preview

Parker Perry One foe has always been able to top the Akron women’s basketball—the Bowling Green Falcons. Bowling Green (13-6, 4-2 MAC) is a perennial powerhouse in the Mid-American Conference, and owns a 47-2 record against the Akron Zips. Their dominance dates back to 1978, when Akron was in the early stages of their program; […]

The comeback kids

The comeback kids

DJ Johnson On Saturday night, 5,403 fans filled the James A. Rhodes Arena. Most of them sat silently as they watched the Akron Zips trailing 32-12 with 8:30 remaining in the first half. However, by the end of the game, that same crowd was standing in an uproar of cheers. The celebration was the result […]

Lady Zips top the MAC

Lady Zips top the MAC

Paker Perry There is no denying it: The Akron women’s basketball team is one of the better teams in the Mid-American Conference. It has been a long, tedious road for Akron head coach Jodie Kest. She inherited a Zip’s program that was never able to lift off the ground, while playing in a conference that […]

Zips lose two straight, suffer first home loss of season

Zips lose two straight, suffer first home loss of season

By: D.J. Johnson After 40 minutes of back-and-forth action, the chance fell by the wayside, as Buffalo (18-9, 11-4) squeaked out a 74-70 victory over the Zips (20-10, 12-3). The win would have locked up the No. 1 seed for UA in the MAC Tournament. Instead, the Zips will have to travel to Kent on […]