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Game 21- Ohio U


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Jeff Boals, an Akron assistant from 2006 to 2009, bring his Ohio U Bobcats to the JAR for a Saturday afternoon game.  It is hard to believe, but Boals is now in the 4th year at the helm in Athens.  The Bobcats come in at 11-9 overall and 304 in the MAC, with their MAC wins over Ball State, CMU and WMU and losses to Buffalo, BG, PCCC and Toledo.  They have had a rough time on the road, posting a 2-7 away record with wins over only Chicago State and YSU.

 

The Bobcats are led by big man Dwight Wilson, a 6'8" graduate student forward,  who leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.9 rpg). They have 3 guards, Miles Brown, AJ Brown and Jaylin Hunter that average between 10.2 and 10.6 ppg.  The Wilson/Freeman showdown should be a good one as Wilson is second in the league in RPG while Enrique is first and Wilson is first in FG% to Enrique's 4th.  Guard Miles Brown is shooting an impressive .476 on threes for second in the conference.  The Bobcats also lead the MAC in rebounding.  They are 4th in the league in average points scored and 5th in points surrendered.

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Kittens Attack has this game figured out:

 

 

"Akron will be a tough game, good chance for a huge win. I think they will overly key in on DW and we need to have Hunter, Roderick & the Brown Bros spot and and drain their open threes. Simple as that.

Last Edited: 1/25/2023 8:06:56 AM by Andrew Ruck"

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22 minutes ago, LoyalZIP said:

There was a fun post on Kitten Attack I read while doing some pre-season scouting. It was in regards to the preseason All-MAC teams. One of them said something like”Castaneda from Akron on 2nd team. Seriously? Come on.”

 

And I tend to agree. Should have been First Team!

I would think as of right now the MAC POY is a 3 horse race between Castaneda, Carry, and Dennis. 

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Unfortunately I will be cruising around the Caribbean Saturday so I won't be able to make it to the game. I have four seats(lower level row 2 accross from the bench), 4 Tommy Evans lounge passes(includes a free buffet) and a lot 2 parking pass. If somebody wants them send me a PM. All I ask is you don't emabarrass me and with your presence make the Zips lose.

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13 minutes ago, NWAkron said:

Very, very tough stretch of basketball coming up for the Zips:  Ohio, @Buffalo, Ravenna, Toledo, Ohio.

 

Zips won the games they should and had an understandable, short-handed loss in Muncie.    Going 4-1 in this stretch would be my highest expectations.  3-2 is more realistic.

The reality is we've probably played the easiest conference schedule in the MAC thus far. Granted we took advantage of it by going 6-1. Out of our final 11 conference games we play Kent 2x, Toledo 2x, Ball State 1x, Ohio 2x, and Buffalo 2x. That's 9 out of our final 11 against teams that are in the top half of the MAC (per the computer rankings).

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Nobody in our fan base knows what to expect game to game. Our one consistency has been inconsistency, basically. Wilson has been solid in the post but the surrounding cast has been wildly hit or miss. Boals is playing a lot of guys minutes, going deeper in the bench than the team has gone the past few years. Road play has not been great, so for me, I'm hoping for a competitive game but know it could go in literally any direction possible and it wouldn't be all that surprising.  

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1 hour ago, Rufus said:

Nobody in our fan base knows what to expect game to game. Our one consistency has been inconsistency, basically. Wilson has been solid in the post but the surrounding cast has been wildly hit or miss. Boals is playing a lot of guys minutes, going deeper in the bench than the team has gone the past few years. Road play has not been great, so for me, I'm hoping for a competitive game but know it could go in literally any direction possible and it wouldn't be all that surprising.  

Same here.  I guess we are awaiting Cleveland, and with NIU's win the other night and Carry taking an early victory lap maybe all the fan bases in the top half are wondering  what will happen in March.  

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