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Everything posted by clarkwgriswold

  1. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    Too slow.
  2. To enable us to have a discussion about what we expect for next season separate from the conversation dissecting the season that just ended, I have opened this thread. I don't see a lot of changes in the starting lineup next season. I think Utomi slides over for Ivey at the three and Williams comes in at power forward, leaving the Zips with LCJ, Cheese, Utomi, Williams and Riak in the starting 5. I wish we had another PG we could start and use LCJ in a change of pace role as I think he could really excel there, but I don't see another solid PG on next year's roster. Of the incoming kids, I see Reece having the biggest impact. Cheese should develop into a top 10 or 15 MAC player. Hopefully Banks re-discovers his shot. Sayles being healthy would be a big help in the post. Roscoe should develop into a nice piece off of the bench. E-man looks to slide even farther down in the rotation with a healthy Sayles and Williams coming in. If E-man is the 10th man, that's not too bad. Toles remains a mystery. Hopefully the depth helps them finish games with more energy.
  3. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    Ummm, sorry you missed the reference to prior posts on here.
  4. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    Boals needs to recruit more guys like Gary Trent and DJ Cooper.
  5. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    We've placed you in the transfer portal.
  6. MAC Tournament Game 2: Buffalo

    The point is that UA football does not have the support of the community. I know of many people who have never been to a UA football game at Infocision but have been to many high school games there. That's Arth's challenge- get the area interested.
  7. Buffalo- the next Cincinnati

    They did, but the the channel name "Comedy Central" was already taken.
  8. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    A few points: 1) KD was successful at US and...people b!+ched...offense is too predictable...they don't play enough zone...they can't stop dribble penetration...they have no out of bounds plays...there are players of questionable character on the team and kids getting into trouble...the OOC schedule is weak...they can't win the big game...he can't win in the tournament...yada...yada...yada... 2) Groce came into nothing, the team improved in year two and...people b!+ch...players are transferring...the big men are offensively challenged...their shooting is awful...there was a fight between players...the OOC schedule is weak...yada...yada...yada... 3) People will b!+ch no matter what. 4) Groce is going nowhere. Love him or hate him the University of Akron does not have the financial resources to dispatch him.
  9. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    We are quickly closing in on my yearly non-basketball season ZipsNation hiatus. Sigh...
  10. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    Starting all over? 11 returning, one graduating, two transferring. Seems like a reasonable retention rate.
  11. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    I guess I'd like to hear from the detractors as to just where they thought we would be after the KD leaving dismantling. We're two years in and Groce's hands were tied in the first year due to getting a late start. I sure as hell would want them to win my games but we have to be realists at this point. As to kids leaving, I don't think it's the end of the world. It's just starting to become a point of concern for me.
  12. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    Great kid. He has dropped off as a basketball player, though I wonder if the dropoff has been in part to their inability to run a pick and roll. I do have to say that every player that moves on plants another seed of doubt in my mind.
  13. MAC Hoops 18-19

    Two words- budgetary constraints.
  14. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    By virtue of playing 23 minutes and not fouling out in that Buffalo debacle, he gets that distinction!
  15. MAC Tournament Game 2: Buffalo

    When the SVSM/Hoban and state playoff games are your bigger draws in your football stadium, you have a problem.
  16. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    Some very good points Let'sGo, but I did not see notable improvement in Riak. I have no complaints about Riak. He is what he is- a defensively focused, offensively challenged big man who plays hard and leads the defense. However, he was the same guy against Cedarville that he was against Buffalo and the stats show that straight line consistency throughout the season rather than substantial growth.
  17. MAC Tournament Game 2: Buffalo

    That tax issue was to be included in an issue with countywide 911 updates and jail improvements as I recall and polls showed that the voters were so against an arena that it would bring he rest of the issue down so the politicos bailed on it. Sure would be nice having a decent downtown arena.
  18. MAC Tournament Game 2: Buffalo

    You're just afraid of Otterbein and Muskingum.
  19. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    I sure hope. Groce had to get things up to speed quickly which brought us JUCOs and transfers who tend to be short timers. That should be coming to an end.
  20. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    If for no other reason than to keep fan interest. This isn't Kentucky where there's turnover every year. Fans need to connect with players over time and that connection is built over seasons. I went up to JImond's dad on senior night congratulated him and told him how much the Zips fans had enjoyed watching his son grow up at UA. You don't get that connection with one and two year players.
  21. MAC Tournament Game 2: Buffalo

    No reason anyone shouldn't be able to state their position, I just get fed up with griping without solutions. It has been a while, but I recall that UA was among the larger basketball budgets in the MAC. Unfortunately, the citizens bailed on a new arena. It was going to be in an issue to go to the voters and every poll showed it was going down. With each year, I wonder more if the Georgetown model isn't one to consider. Pick your sport and devote your money to it while you let the others exist but on a lesser level. It has recently blown up on Georgetown as the basketball program has slipped and I am not sure a public university is the right place for it, but it is an interesting approach.
  22. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    I share your concern with guys leaving, more with some that others obviously. However, KD resigned. Not pushed, not coerced. Went off for greener pastures, following a family tradition to a conference that would give him a better chance to get to the big dance.
  23. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    Yes, you are a homer but that's OK! Scott Walter is exactly what you say. Unfortunately, the Zips need a starting point guard or a guy who can play 15 minutes and start or play significant minutes when LCJ is hurt or having a rough game.
  24. 2018- 2019 Season Post-mortem

    Well, the season has come to an abrupt, yet expected end. I am curious as to what ZipsNation thinks were the positives and negatives looking back on the season. Seems like it was just yesterday that we were headed off to the JAR to face Cedarville, but here we are. I thought I;d throw this thread up on the board rather than have us all unload in a game thread. As I look back- Positives and highlights: * Defense, defense, defense. This team played hard on defense all year. They not only played good team defense but Jimond spent the year shutting down the opponent's leading scorer. * Tyler Cheese developed into a solid MAC player, especially on the offensive end. He was the one person on the team aggressive with the ball in his hands. * The team was in a lot of games. Even in most of the losses, they kept the games close. * Groce got the kids to buy into playing hard. Effort was never an issue. * Strong performances against Nevada and Clemson; thrashing of PCCC; Bowling Green win, Miami tournament win. Negatives and lowlights: * Inability to close tight games. * Woeful offense in all but a few games. * Iffy big man play, particularly on offense. * Bad 3 point shooting. * The Buffalo tournament loss; the loss at Miami; ugly collapse and loss at NIU; the Gueye- Kostelac incident, the OU loss.
  25. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    As I pondered next year's lineup, I often saw him ideally as a 6th man, instant offense kind of guy. Not diminishing his loss by any stretch. He will be missed. Kudos to him for sticking it out when others left and his dedication in hitting the weightroom. Good luck to him.