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  1. Since you brought it up, let's spread some good vibes and listen to the joy in Frenchie's voice.
  2. 3 words will define this game. Conditioning. Composure. Effort. I'm assuming West Virginia will continue to roll with their Press Virginia defensive scheme, meaning we need to be composed enough to not turn the ball over a gazillion times. On top of that, I'd like to see us truly push the ball like we supposedly did against Malone and have done all off-season. We can't afford to get tired out; that will only lead to mistakes and mental breakdowns. Lastly - and this basically goes without saying - we need to out-effort WVU. Loose balls, rebounds, etc. The little things are a product of effort, and the little things are what lead to couches being burned on porches out of anger. X, Cheese, and LCJ are going to be MASSIVE key players. Get er done, Zips!
  3. There really wasn't much on him. Very little-to-no recruiting activity, limited press, and his highlights were largely from earlier in his high school career. I think the general census on the board was that he might be a diamond in the rough, but that he was raw and would need developing - both physically and skill wise.
  4. "Excitement is building." - @NWAkron (probably)
  5. Personally, Akron football at this particular moment is unwatchable. The offense is horrid and the defense is porous. I don't know if it's a talent-to-scheme-fit problem or a coaching/game plan problem, but it's plain garbage right now. With that being said, when I watch Arth coach, he doesn't come off as a guy that will be complacent in his work. He has a lot of passion. I think the jump to DI FBS has come as a shock to him, but I also think he'll make the necessary corrections next year to change that. Bowden was fired because he became complacent and dug in. If I'm wrong, the football program and University as a whole are in deep, DEEP trouble.
  6. Groce mentioned in one of the interviews with Chad that we're playing fast/uptempo on offense. Has anybody seen a practice? Are we playing an aggressive uptempo offense where we're constantly driving to the basket, or are we running down the floor and pulling up or kicking out for a jump shot? How's the shooting ability on this team? The roster make-up screams DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE with what looks to be some solidly built guards (size, control, speed wise), but our Achilles since Groce took over has been shot-making.
  7. Same. It's hands down the best sports package available, especially for the price.
  8. More like Christmas Eve. Today's Nov. 1st - the start of Christmas for some people. Not to mention NEO decided to dress as Winter/Christmas Season for Halloween. I love college basketball season, but I could easily do without the winter weather.
  9. Just a heads up for anyone that has Playstation Vue. Sony is shutting down Vue on January 30th, 2020, so all of the above games will be unavailable to you unless you find a new service or pay for the individual networks.
  10. 2005 MAC Title Game. What a road to get in, needing help from the NIU/WMU game. What a comeback. Garrett Wolfe throwing up over 200 yds on the ground, prompting the SportsCenter personality to say in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice, "I will poop on all your defense!" My dad wanting to leave with something like 3-5 minutes left in the game before wisely appeasing his 11 year old son at the time who wanted to stay (I still remember the pessimist in him thinking Hixon dropped the ball, thinking "that's an Akron thing to happen"). Hixon battling cramps all game. And of course, who could forget... "Getsy pumps, he throws for Hixon and it is... CAUGHT! FOR A TOUCHDOWN! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!"
  11. Solid news for them. 6'7" 215 lbs Sophomore. Excerpts from Texas Tech's website... FRESHMAN SEASON (2018-19) Mballa appeared in 17 games in his freshman season for the Red Raiders with a season-high three points at Kansas… He also scored in games against Incarnate Word, Northern Colorado, Northwestern State, Abilene Christian and Baylor… Mballa finished the season 4-for-9 from the field and had two blocked shots coming against Kansas and West Virginia... He gained NCAA Tournament experience in the second-round win over Buffalo and the Sweet 16 victory over Michigan. PRIOR TO TEXAS TECH Mballa is a strong rebounder and defender who is long, athletic and plays with a high motor … Prepped at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut under Tom Espinosa, the same program as forward Malik Ondigo … Team turned in a 38-4 record and won the program’s first national championship in 2018 … Mballa was born in Detroit, Michigan but grew up in Bordeaux, France where he played for Kameet Academy while growing up before coming back to the United States for high school... Possesses extensive international experience with the French National Team … Played in the FIBA U17 World Championships in 2016 and the FIBA U18 European Championships in 2017 … Posted 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game during the 2017 event … Signed his Athletic Scholarship Agreement (ASA) in July 2018. Their cupboard still emptied with last year's graduating class. We'll see how they're able to re-tool - IF they're able to re-tool. Interesting. Looking forward to hearing how the scrimmage against Xavier ends up in 2 days. *Plugs Robert Morris into the Excitement Meter* Oh! I think it twitched! Wait... Nevermind. That was just Joe Akron tapping on it to see if it's working. They have the most experience returning. Choke-masters or not, this shows how wide open the MAC is this year.
  12. This is a respectable pre-season ranking. Even at our peak, our typical pre-season rankings put us ~100 (+/- 10) at the highest before working our way up to the 50s-60s. The four teams ahead of us... KSUcks (118) BUGS (117) Buffalo (93) Toledo (82) Regarding Groce's comments... - I like hearing the team chemistry seems to be good - WE HAVE DEPTH?! - I would be shocked if we aren't one of the best - if not THE (sue me, OSUcks) best - conditioned team in the MAC. Following the team's social media, they hit fitness HARD this off-season, including Orange Theory Fitness which I've done; it's no joke on the public class level, and I can't imagine how it was tweaked for the team. - Who was the scrimmage against? He said, "Andy's program."
  13. With the way this season is going, Webster's Dictionary needs to change the definition of irony to this - "Akron's 2019 football season & celebrating We're #2"
  14. Awww man... I was thoroughly enjoying revisiting a schedule with VMI on it as our only win that year... You're no fun. And to think we're only halfway through the football season having this discussion, and we still have an entire basketball season to debate Groce vs. Dambrot. 😂
  15. It was the night of laser shots apparently. Queue Perry Kitchen's 2010 College Cup goal!
  16. Preseason polls and "more respectable". What a relative oxymoron. Agreed about Knapke, German, Sibande, and Graves.
  17. Something with either a coaching change and he didn't fit into the game plan as much, or he slowly faded out of playing time. Regardless, he's an A10 talent with a P5 body and solid experience that will instantly help us out this year. I think he's going to be like Linhart.
  18. I agree it's difficult to determine who will excel in college, but you don't pass on a local bloodline like the Nance family. Not only did Sr. excel in the NBA, but now Jr. is excelling and Pete is at Northwestern. It's a family of athletes. If one of them expresses interest in your school - especially a school like Akron - you leave a scholarship open for them. Tree is one of my all-time favorite Zips to watch, but I would have taken the chance on Nance Jr., even with his supposed "fatigue" problems, over Harney who had academic & hustle issues. Hindsight is 20/20, though. I don't disagree with CJ McCollum. He was a scorer, so he had that going for him, but he exploded out of nowhere. I just think Nance is a huge miss, especially if there was mutual interest.
  19. Wow. Excellent news. The college game is won at the guard position, and from what I just read and saw, this kid will fit in nicely. How nice is it to have a local (NEO) kid staying home? P.S. What position is CG?
  20. 20 wins is very doable this year, and they'll be battle-tested early with Louisville and WVU. UMASS will also be a solid game, strictly due to the A10 status - confidence booster if you win. The MAC is wide open this year, but we also need to keep in mind - Groce is a March-first coach. If we don't peak early, don't be surprised. We'll be ready for when the season actually matters. I love the depth of this team. These are Groce's guys. I'm excited. Let's Go Zips!
  21. Embarrassing. Inexcusable. Negligible. Horrendous. Any other negative words I can use to describe how atrocious the above comments are? Ooo, atrocious. Add that. I'm not surprised Larry Jr. wanted to come to Akron. I played in the summer youth camps with him. It was very cool seeing Sr., Jr., and Pete all at the JAR consistently for those camps each year. The Nance family is all about their hometown area, and Larry would have excelled in Blue & Gold. He put Wyoming on the map; imagine where Akron would have been (granted those were the years we became semi-ranked and garnered a lot of national media attention). I'm glad KD is gone, especially after reading this. This is similar to the Browns not drafting Clay Matthews Jr.
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