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  1. 10 hours ago, UAZip0510 said:

    I'm watching TJ Moss closely.  He's a kid that could be a real game-changer for this program.

     

    Speaking of game changers:

     

    I'll repeat some of what I've said recently on this board. 

     

    In the short term, I'm just hoping that Hester immediately becomes that 15 ppg scorer that we will need to replace Duvivier's production.  I believe he's the best talent out of all of the guys who started play with us last year, and will start next year.    

     

    And that Riak can at least equal what we'll get in the paint from Sayles and Poke (if he returns) next year.

     

    If we can get those two things, we'll be a better team.  Then I can move on to hoping that we get a new impact recruit to come here soon.    

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  2. Sorry you're so sad and angry, and feel compelled to react by resorting to name-calling.   Ask mommy to make you milk and cookies and tuck you into bed, and it will feel better in the morning.  

     

    Davidson's win meant that they could have easily been justified in eliminating another A-10 team.  Instead, they gave an additional A-10 team an AT-LARGE bid.  Nice try.  

     

    A-10 - 3

    MAC - 1

     

    You can easily go away now and stop watching for every new Dambrot post to come up on your screen, since you "don't care about him".  Right?

     

     

     

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  3. I thought this was pretty interesting when I looked at the NCAA Tournament bracket this evening.  

     

    I could go through this thread and see post after post from the Dambrot Haters, discrediting their accomplishments this season, saying that the A-10 was a "weak" and "down" league, and that the MAC is better.  

     

    Yet, I see that they put 3 Teams in the NCAA Tournament.  


  4. 13 minutes ago, ZZZips said:

    I also watched the Houston game for the same reason.  I wasn't rooting for the Cougars,  just wanted to see how they had progressed in he last 12 months. 

     

    Since the Nation seems to be in a mood of finding fault with the accuracy of statistics and comparisons in this thread,  I just wanted to point out Skip that the NIT game last year was not played on the campus of UH.  I attended the game and it was played at Texas Southern University.  

     

    Good catch.  Thanks.  I should have said "In Houston" instead.  

     

    I'm glad you were able to make that trip.  These postseason short-notice things are impossible for me.  

     

    I wanted to see Cincinnati win, but it was definitely interesting to see that Houston had such a fantastic year right after we knocked them off down there.   


  5. 3 minutes ago, zippy5 said:

    To get back on track, since this is a 17-18 thread, and the comment starting this was we were playing our best basketball to end the year.. I think anyone that actually watched the games would agree that was the case.

     

    Yes, absolutely.  I can agree with you on this.  They were playing THEIR best basketball near the end.  

     

    Where this thread got "Off The Tracks" was when someone started the ridiculous crap about this team playing better than the previous 2 teams at the end of the year. 

     

    You can compare this particular team against themselves, and say that they played some better basketball near the end.  It should end right there.  

     

     


  6. 4 minutes ago, dre22era said:

    Welp I guess im an idiot then 

    Its not about Power its about speaking up period. 

     

    Hell I wish we could trade our President who wants to be at UCF for their AD. 

    A AD who has a nation rallying behind them on getting screwed over in the BCS 

     

    Dre, I find many of your posts to be rather brash, and a little over the top.

     

    But, it would be impossible for someone to argue with you about this right here.  


  7. 33 minutes ago, ZIPS96 said:

    I never said this team was better than the past two years I said they were playing their best basketball at the end of the year unlike the last two.  Last year 2-3 to end the regular season (after being 22-4), 2016 3-2 (after being 21-5)

     

    Just when I thought that LetsGoZips94 should receive the award for conveniently eliminating every fact possible, until they can parse out a snippet in time that might support their false theory, I see this.  :lol:

     

    And let me guess:  You're also one of the same people who supports the claim that our performance in the MAC Tournament is the only thing that matters?  Yet, you cite our worst tournament performance in 14 years as your supporting evidence of "playing our best at the end of the year"?


  8. 14 minutes ago, Let'sGoZips94 said:

    See, you take all of my comments as shots at KD. Some of them are

     

    I'd say that reaching deep for an obscure piece of data like the score differentials of NCAA games that Buffalo played in, vs. the score differentials of NCAA games that Akron played in, with no other factors involved, is a clear attempt to accomplish just that.  And that's what was in your post that prompted the reply I posted.  


  9. 1 hour ago, zippy5 said:

    RPI isn't used anymore

     

    Every year, someone tries to spit out this cliche that the RPI has been booted from the process, and every year they are wrong.  However, you might be getting your wish in the future. 

     

    "The selection committee still uses RPI to categorize teams"

    https://www.landof10.com/big-ten/quadrants-ncaa-tournament-2018-selection-committee-bracketology

     

    "This could be the last year RPI is the metric embedded in team sheets"

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/ncaa-tournament-selection-committee-leader-explains-why-even-easy-wins-matter/


  10. 13 minutes ago, Let'sGoZips94 said:

    Buffalo is making their 3rd NCAA tournament appearance in 4 years. It's being duplicated and possibly bested right before our eyes. 

     

     

    Side note: both of their previous appearances were single digit losses. Still losses, but much more competitive on that stage. 

     

    So, I guess I can't ever say you don't give up.

     

    Now you're touting Buffalo's recent success, and attempting to use that to disparage the most successful era of Akron Basketball ever, yet again? 

     

    For what reason?

     

    I'm sure Keith didn't try to steal your wife.  You have to give this up, man.  You're at the edge of the cliff, hanging on by your fingernails.  


  11. 1 minute ago, Let'sGoZips94 said:

     Clearly we haven't finished strong the previous 4 seasons.

     

    :lol:

     

    Since you want to ignore the obvious, and want to continue this narrative, let me add a couple more things to what UAZip0510 said earlier.

     

    2015 - An unbelievable 3-wins-in-4-nights streak to get us to the MAC Semifinal, with a roster so decimated that we were unable to accept a postseason bid.

    2016 - Advance all the way to the MAC Final

    2017 - Advance all the way to the MAC Final

    2018 - Eliminated in the MAC Quarterfinal.   Our earliest exit from the MAC tournament since 2005.

     

    It's inexplicable to me how a few of you continue to insist that we all should all be applauding this last-place season, while simultaneously manufacturing numerous false and disparaging comments to characterize  the highly-successful previous seasons.  The facts are sitting right in your face, and you choose to ignore them.  Why?   Did Keith pee in your cereal or something?

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  12. 6 hours ago, Zip44 said:

    Antino is a nice kid, respectful, has positive attitude. I am happy for him & wish him well.

     

    Actually, he was a SUPER nice kid.  I wish him only the best in what he pursues in his life, and I thank him for the way he represented the UofA, and the exciting memories he gave us watching him on the court.    


  13. 6 hours ago, dre22era said:

    I have no hope in Groce because I know the first job offer he gets HE IS GONE. 

     

    Serious Question:  Where do you think this "job offer" is coming from after a 6-12 season in the MAC, which followed that 5-year debacle at Illinois?

     

    He's certainly working hard to resurrect his career.  But lets be real here.  You shouldn't be worried about higher opportunities presenting themselves anytime soon.    


  14. 7 hours ago, NWAkron said:

    What things are obviously different?

     

    Oh, I don't know.  Finishing in First Place vs. Last Place?  You don't see that as an obvious difference for someone who was a big part of the team in both 2017 and 2018?

     

    Occasionally, I do choose to answer some of your ridiculous questions, even though I know you're asking them just to be petulant.  

     

    Have a nice evening.  :wave:


  15. Did anyone else watch the Championship Game in the AAC today?

     

    I was actually rooting for Houston.  They came within a basket of beating a solid Top-10 Cincinnati team, less than a year after getting knocked off by the Zips....on their home floor...in the NIT.  I think that's interesting to see that we were superior on the road to a team that was about to elevate themselves to the top of that league the following year.   


  16. 12 hours ago, ZIPS96 said:

    Just saw Antino walk off the court in tears after another conference championship game loss.

     

    FYI - They were picked to finish DEAD LAST in the Mountain West this year.  They finished 3rd, and made it all the way to the tournament championship game.  I'm sure he's quite happy that he got to be a part of such an incredible run to finish his career.   

     

    So, I'd guess his emotion may have had a lot more to do with realizing that he had just played his last college basketball game.


  17. I'm not ready to put Oats on a pedestal quite yet.  I still wonder how much his success might still be a result of riding the coattails of the work that Hurley did.  I think we'll know that answer in a couple more years.  But certainly their consistent finishes at/near the top of the conference every year starts to make them seem like "the next Akron" from the previous decade.  

     

    56 minutes ago, Zip44 said:

    Can he now convince top HS talent & transfers to come to Akron after finishing last in MAC?

     

    This is definitely a legitimate concern.  I've brought this up a few times over the last couple of weeks.  Nobody can deny that the best players are looking at the schools that are already winners, or moving upward.  A first place to last place move isn't going to help you make that point.  I wouldn't want to ever be recruiting on the basis of "we have improved effort", "we don't give up", and "we hope to be better in the future".

     

    3 minutes ago, clarkwgriswold said:

    *  Can't imagine Ivey transferring in his senior year.  He's a team leader and one of the guys who bought in right away;

     

    I'd say it's probably unlikely that he would leave on his own, mostly because of it being his last year.  But obviously, some things are different than they were a year ago when the guy was so publicly enthusiastic about being a part of the new team.  

     

    8 minutes ago, clarkwgriswold said:

    *  Meryl Streep has nothing to do with this.

     

    :lol:


  18. 9 minutes ago, dre22era said:

    University as a whole struggling for coins If you think the Zips run a choir boy athletic program I dunno what to tell ya 

     

    In terms of number of violations, yes, we are comparatively "choir boys".  

     

    The day that we hire a team of lawyers and put them on a long term retainer, for the exclusive purpose of litigating violations down to the lowest possible consequences, then I'd say that we were approaching that territory.  

     

     

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  19. 36 minutes ago, LZIp said:

    If you truly know as much as you claim to know about Toledo's recruiting practices, then you should turn them in to the powers that be instead of letting our alma mater and the rest of the MAC get cheated. If not, it seems a bit reckless to throw these accusations around routinely.

     

    Or, maybe some people are just more knowledgeable than you about certain topics?  And actually do have a basis for what they are posting?

     

    https://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/toledo-rockets-point-shaving-scandal-three-former-football-players-sentenced-to-probation-033115

    http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7829414/ncaa-denies-toledo-rockets-appeal-postseason-ban-academics

     

    I'd definitely agree with whoever says that Toledo has had the most "issues" of any men's basketball program in our league over the last several years.  

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  20. You might be underestimating the number of people who Gamble in this country, and want to soak up every opportunity to gather as much expert analysis of the games and the brackets as possible.  

     

    I don't know.  March Madness is one of the most popular sporting spectacles of the year in this country.  You might be giving Americans too much credit if you think they won't glue themselves to a TV screen for 2 hours for something that is now such a big part of our sports culture.  

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