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Posts posted by Let'sGoZips94

  1. 1 hour ago, kreed5120 said:

    You seem to be just furthering my point. If you can't get students interested now what's the chances of getting them interested once they graduate? The basketball program is going to be in a serious world of hurt 20-30 years from now once us old geesers are gone.


    College athletics are in trouble in general regarding attendance. The SEC is even having troubles with student attendance. Millennials aren't going to carry the torch once it's officially passed on by the generations before them. Unless Duke, OSUcks, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, or any massive name like that comes to the JAR, you're going to need to use gimmicks and promotions to get them to show up. It is what it is right now. 


    Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy UMass coming to the JAR. Might even yell something about Calipari. 😎

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  2. 31 minutes ago, kreed5120 said:

    According to this we're going to be in the Global Sports Classic. It's a 5 team field, however, only 3 teams have been selected thus far (Akron, Louisville, and NC Central).





    LOVE the tournaments O-Who and Canada are in. Our field has potential. It will be interesting to see what level the final two teams are, and who they are. It says we have 3 home games, while Louisville has 4 home games and NC Central has 0(?). Is it a round robin type of tournament? I'm assuming Louisville has a 4th home game cause they'd be hosting us, too?


    We are also in the Battle for the Capital in D.C. - Akron, Liberty, Towson, Tulane.  

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  3. 14 hours ago, kreed5120 said:

    I have no problem with an athletic 6'8 or 6'9 big. This issue is by 2021 we'll have no player 6'7 or taller under scholarship and so far it doesn't seem like we've made an effort to recruit any. Maybe Groce is planning on using a grad transfer to fill the void when the time comes, idk. If that's the case that would be a pretty optimistic view considering it would require both a MAC caliber big wanting to transfer and said player wanting to come to Akron when there might be better options elsewhere.


    "Bigs" do tend to take more time to develop typically, so maybe grabbing a player with 2-4 years of experience already is the better move? 


    Here's what I do know. We were in nearly every single game last year with only one guy above 6'9" (Sayles was hurt most of the season). Our losses came from not being able to score/make jump shots at a consistent rate. If there's a concerted effort to fix that, I'll be very happy and will worry about the "bigs" later on. 

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  4. 1 hour ago, clarkwgriswold said:


    Any league in which Nick Harney has starred is not one that emphasizes defense or effort.


    No but I'm pretty sure Harney and the Zips had their best season following participation in this league. 


    The key is for Banks to get back the confidence he had at the beginning of last season. Hopefully it works, because he was a special player last fall. 

  5. 14 minutes ago, AkronAlumnus said:

    Does anyone know off the top of their head who is favorited to win the MAC this upcoming season?


    Pre-season favorites won't come out until closer to the fall, but if I had to guess, they'll put all the teams in a circle and play spin the bottle. Whomever it's pointing at, that's the favorite. 


    Maybe Toledo if you are making me pick a team, but I think the MAC is that wide open. 

  6. 53 minutes ago, 1981 grad said:

    Sayles athletic front court guy?   His first year he showed some flashes of being good but rarely showed any athleticism and last year he was very passive when he played before he got injured.  I really hope his third year will be better and injury free but he is a big question mark.  One person on this board has him as transferring which makes no sense this late in the process.  I like your optimism and I hope that you are right but essentially this is the 3rd year under Groce with a substantially new roster.  I would still like to know who will be our 13 scholarship players. 


    Comfort/Production and athleticism are 2 different things. He gets up and down the floor well for a big man, so I consider him to be more on the athletic side. You're right, though - he needs to take the big leap forward and show he can contribute this year. 

  7. 8 hours ago, Illini Zip said:


    I do think we will see this line-up at times during the season. Perhaps quite often. But as funny as it might look on paper, I think Williams would probably be the over-sized wing and Reece would be the under-sized forward. I believe Reece lacks a reliable outside shot. Thoughts?


    I agree, but I think it's a mix & match situation. With basketball moving towards the taller, more athletic wings, the vintage Power Forward that would potentially over-match Williams might not be seen as often. I'd rather have my "3" be able to over-power his defender and take him to the hole, with the option to dish to my stretch-4 - Williams - in the corner. 


    Let's take Buffalo's roster for example (from last season). Perkins at the 5, Harris/McRae at the 4, Graves at the 3, and then Caruthers & Massinburg at the guard positions. Williams could very much handle a Harris/McRae matchup, and that would leave Reece with a pretty big mismatch against Graves - in favor of Reece. 

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  8. 13 hours ago, zippy5 said:

    Groce doesn't want to play a game with a big man slowing things down. That's okay


    Ding ding ding ding! Hit the nail on the head. 


    13 hours ago, akronzips71 said:

    Come on. KD found three bigs who contributed big time. Even K-Lac is better by far than where we are heading.


    13 hours ago, akronzips71 said:

    No, it's not

    Right now I hold him in the same esteem as iCoach.

    He has had enough time to build a team and institute a system.

    Taking a transfer who will sit for a year and then possibly contribute 3 points a game is not a winning formula

    I hope I will be proved wrong.


    KD found 2 big guys that contributed well - Zeke & Big Dog. He also had a system he could sell to them (by the way, we never made it to the NCAA Tourney with Big Dog). Groce has a system predicated around getting out and running, as well as off the ball movement in the half-court. It's not an easy sell to big guys whom are used to camping underneath the hoop and backing down their defenders. 


    I think your timetable for the turnaround is completely unrealistic if you're only giving him two years. This program was left in worse condition than I think many of us realized when KD bolted. This roster is looking better and better with each off-season, though, and that's a positive. I know you have a Big Man fetish, but guard-dominated basketball wins not only in the MAC, but at the NCAA Tourney level as well. When's the last time we talked about a mid-major making a run with a big man leading the way? The majority, if not all of the "Cinderella" runs by mid-majors are led by guards. I'm looking at this roster, and thinking "Man, this has all the ingredients to be good." Xeyrius Williams & Sayles are your athletic front-court guys (assuming Sayles doesn't transfer). Riak is your big man. Then your backcourt & forwards (small forwards, traditionally) are all in the 6'2"-6'7" range, which is quite tall and not something we're used to (minus LCJ). This team is going to get out and run teams out of the gym, if they can execute the game plan properly and make their shots (that's the biggest factor). There are a few pieces I'm interested to see how they fit (Ali & Roscoe are the big 2), but otherwise I'm very intrigued. 


    And can we quit railing on these 1-2 year transfers? Pro sports teams sign vets to 1 year contracts all the time to bring experience into the clubhouse/locker room. If they can play, even better. We have to stop the bleeding and rebuild the culture, though, and I have nothing against a couple 1-2 year players. Groce is at least even with the curve when it comes to the ever-changing & moving landscape of college basketball. 

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  9. 17 minutes ago, Blue & Gold said:

    Wow! What a well-written verbal commitment. Extremely articulate and thoughtful.


    #Blessed isn't articulate and thoughtful enough for you?


    Interestingly enough, looking at Rosser's Twitter, it looks like we've offered at least one or two of his buddies as well. 


    I'm noticing some serious changes to our recruiting, mainly the level we connect with this younger generation better via social media and advertising. Zip Drip - something I don't particularly understand, even being 24 - is big with these younger guys, the graphics look much improved, and I think there's more emphasis on making recruits feel good about themselves in Akron gear when they come on visits. It's great to see us beating out other schools at or above our caliber. 


    Keep it up Arth & staff!

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  10. 3 minutes ago, zippy5 said:

    So awesome! Just a day after I was told no one would ever donate or support the program, good stuff. Go Zips!


    His donations are one thing, but the meteoric rise of LeafFilter looks good for Akron as a whole. It has great company reviews when it comes to its employees. Him in the public eye with the football team and University as a whole is a positive for a school with quite a few black eyes in recent years. 

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  11. 1 hour ago, GJGood said:


    I agree with everything here. The only other thing I would say, though, is that a trip to Detroit may not seem like the same reward as going to the Bahamas or Florida in late December even though the bowl itself may be a couple of rungs higher up the ladder and the opponent more well known nationally.


    Maybe the team would be more focused if they didn't have the distractions of say Boca Raton. Really enjoyed watching us embarrass ourselves against FAU from the comforts of my home in cold & snowy Ohio. Glad it was warm down there, though. :rolleyes:;)


    Any chance a MAC school can get against a P5 school, especially at a neutral or home site, is a good thing. I like it. 

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  12. 2 hours ago, NWAkron said:

    8 kids just won the National Spelling Bee.   Nothing is the same.

    1 hour ago, Zipmeister said:


    The absurd reason given for eight winners was that the contest ran out of _____!


    I thought the tiebreaker was to spell each finalist's name? Erin Howard was the gimme. 


    Contestant: "Erin Howard - was that the superstar football player, Mr. Ohio, that went to Akron at one point?"

    Moderator: "No, what was Erick Howard. Please continue with the name."


    Irony is discussing the spelling bee in a thread about Emmanuel Olojakpoke. 


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  13. 3 hours ago, LZIp said:


    2 hours ago, LZIp said:

    There's a balance to be had. Nothing wrong at all with 2 pay day/P5 games, 2 equal level G5 games, and 1 FCS opponent. 


    For a University that is struggling mightily financially, not sure paying FCS schools is the wisest use of the money. Also, I made some changes to your post for the ideal scheduling in my eyes. 


    2 hours ago, kreed5120 said:


    Would you prefer that we play Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, and ND every year that way we can collect the biggest checks, meanwhile, go 0-4 OOC every year?


    No - that's extreme. What's wrong with 1-2 P5/Pay Days (Illinois is winnable AND a pay day) and 1-2 G5 schools?


    1 hour ago, zippy5 said:

    Yes, and we beat them too. Well usually


    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy... :tomato::puke:

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