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4 Apr 2006
Five of the first six games on the road and only one home game in the first 7 weeks of the season? What kind of bullshit is that for the defending league champ? Looks like we are continuing to get the shaft, epecially with all of those games on ESPNU - who sees that network? Where are the national TV games that we were promised after winning the MAC title last year? After starting on the road against two BCS schools we have to go to CMU, a team which beat us last year, then come back against a North Texas team that has been to bowl games in three of the last four seasons?
Four of the five home games come after fall break, which means more shitty weather for us fans. That ought to really drive some season ticket sales.
I was pretty optimistic about next season until I saw this piece of crap effort - I was hoping that we would get some resepct but that is what I get for thinking it could not get any worse than that piece of crap they gave us last season. Does anyone else remember the crap crowd for Eastern back in 2001 when the game was played the day after Thanksgiving? At least the Can't game was a rival game and had a chance to draw a crowd, this game on the 24th is the worst dog ever.
Saturday September 2 at Penn State State College, Pa
Saturday September 9 at N.C. State
Saturday September 16 at Central Michigan*
Saturday September 23 NORTH TEXAS
Saturday September 30 at Can't State*
Saturday October 7 at Cincinnati
Saturday October 21 MIAMI*
Saturday October 28 at Toledo*
Saturday November 4 BOWLING GREEN*
Thursday November 9 BUFFALO
Thursday November 16 at Ohio Athens, Ohio ESPNU 7:30 p.m.
Friday November 24 WESTERN MICHIGAN
Thursday November 30 MAC Championship Game Detroit, Mich. ESPN 7:30 p.m.
No chance for an atlarge bid to the NCAA Tournament.
NIT chances have got to be slim with the way the season ended. Akron lost 4 of their last seven games, all but one of which to teams that had no chance of a postseason unless they won the league tournament. You do not lose to Buffalo, Miami, and Toledo and get to go to the postseason when your league is ranked as low as the MAC.
This is an example of how the coaching staff failed the team. They did not manage the players in the lineup all season to be able to be fresh at the end. Playing Joyce and Dials 35+ in the blowout wins made no sense then and even less now. This staff did not put the team in a position to win due to a ton of bad personnel moves.
If Toledo beats Can't then the Zips are done for the winter.
The last two seasons have been an improvement over the Hipsher and Crawford years, but what has really been accomplished.
Dambrot is not your typical second year coach because he was the lead recruiter for the previous three years under Hipsher.
Akron Basketball has no consistent strategy except to launch the three and hope that the other team is cold. If the team is not making the long ball the team loses.
The Zips have no inside game and no go to player who can take over a game. Peterson is the only guy on the roster who has firepower and it seems like he has been in the doghouse for the last two years. The only reason I can figure is that he takes shots away from Golden Boys Travis and Joyce.
There have been no recruits for the past two years that are potential All MAC performers.
I think Dambrot needs to look himself in the mirror and make some changes on his staff to bring in some other coaching talent to help boost this team and get them over the hump.
Coaching lost the Toledo game, not the players.
Peterson had the hot hand, but got the hook in favor of the "Coaches" players. Dambrot cannot say he wasn't playing because of defense because Dials was stinking up the joint not getting back on defense and falling asleep on the court. Your seniors should be on the floor down the stretch not an injured sophmore who could not buy a basket and was playing bad defense.
Where was the leadership from the bench, or from the floor, when the Zips needed to get the ball in bounds after Toledo took their first lead of the game?
Let's face it, Akron got fat this season on a weak MAC and when it came time to go balls out and win some big games down the stretch the only place they could do it was at home, which is where they are for tonight's final.
The great home record over the last two years is a great accomplishment but with no major wins on the road it is hollow. ONE win on the road over Can't State, Buffalo, Miami, or Ohio this season and the Zips win the MAC East outright. Last year all the Zips had to do was win the season finale at Buffalo, or win at Can't or Miami and they would have won the MAC East.
The failure to have his team prepared for road games is a telling sign for this coaching staff and their inability to get the team over the hump. Playing favorites at this time in the year is pathetic and is another reason why Akron has been an also-ran for the past two years.
27 Nov 2007 - 17:29
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