2009–10 Akron Zips men's basketball team

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2009–10 Akron Zips men's basketball
CBI First Round
Conference Mid-American Conference
East Division
2009–10 record 24–11 (12–4 MAC)
Head coach Keith Dambrot
Assistant coach Rick McFadden
Assistant coach Lamont Paris
Assistant coach Terry Weigand
Home arena James A. Rhodes Arena
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Kent State 13 3   .813     24 10   .706
Akron 12 4   .750     24 11   .686
Miami 9 7   .563     14 18   .438
Buffalo 9 7   .563     18 12   .600
Ohio 7 9   .438     22 15   .595
Bowling Green 6 10   .375     14 16   .467
West
Central Michigan 9 7   .563     15 15   .500
Eastern Michigan 8 8   .500     17 15   .531
Western Michigan 8 8   .500     18 15   .545
Ball State 8 8   .500     15 15   .500
Northern Illinois 6 10   .375     10 20   .333
Toledo 1 15   .063     4 28   .125
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 University of Akron Zips basketball team represented the University of Akron in the college basketball season of 2009–10. The Zips, led by head coach Keith Dambrot, are members of the Mid-American Conference and played their home games at James A. Rhodes Arena. They finished the season 24–11, 12–4 in MAC play, lost in the championship game of the 2010 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament and were invited to the 2010 College Basketball Invitational where they lost in the first round.

Before the season[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Assistant Coach Jeff Boals left the team to be a coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team under head coach Thad Matta.[1] The Zips made sure that head coach Keith Dambrot stayed. Before the season began, The University voted for a two-year contract extension with Dambrot, that would keep him in Akron through the 2015–16 season.[2] This comes after Dambrot's fifth season which the team. Within those five season, he has recorded a 115–51 (0.692) record, including a 64–8 (0.889) record at home.

Roster changes[edit]

Not much will change from last season's team. The Zips only lost one senior starter, 2009 MAC Tournament MVP Nate Linhart, to graduation and professional play in Austria.[3] Along with Lenhart, letterman Eric Coblentz left the Zips to join NAIA team Malone University Pioneers.[4] The team will meet up with Coblentz again, as the Zips have a match scheduled with them on September 12. To replace Linhart, the Zips recruited ESPN Top 100 recruit Zeke Marshall from McKeesport Area High School in Pennsylvania.

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Zeke Marshall
C
McKeesport, PA McKeesport Area HS 6 ft 11.5 in (2.12 m) 209 lb (95 kg) May 9, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2009–10 Akron Zips men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
C 54 Bardo, MikeMike Bardo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Cincinnati, Ohio
F 15 Carroll, TimTim Carroll 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Akron, Ohio
F 32 Conyers, JimmyJimmy Conyers 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Baltimore, Maryland
F 13 Cvetinović, NikolaNikola Cvetinović 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Loznica, Serbia
G 24 Hitchens, AnthonyAnthony Hitchens 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 168 lb (76 kg) So Chillicothe, Ohio
C 44 Marshall, ZekeZeke Marshall 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Fr McKeesport, Pennsylvania
G 5 McClanahan, BrettBrett McClanahan 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Nitro, West Virginia
F 23 McKnight, BrettBrett McKnight 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Jr Lancaster, Ohio
F 30 McKnight, ChrisChris McKnight 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Lancaster, Ohio
G 4 McNees, SteveSteve McNees 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr New Castle, Pennsylvania
F 42 Oldham, C.J.C.J. Oldham 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Solon, Ohio
G 2 Peterson, KyleKyle Peterson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Naples, Florida
G 12 Roberts, DarrylDarryl Roberts 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Sr Toledo, Ohio
G 1 Steward, RonnieRonnie Steward 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Columbus, Ohio
G 3 Sullivan, AlexAlex Sullivan 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Fr Painesville, Ohio
C 40 Sweich, SteveSteve Sweich 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) So Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Head coach

Keith Dambrot

Assistant coach(es)

Rick McFadden
Lamont Paris
Terry Weigand


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2009-11-17

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position College Graduating year
Keith Dambrot Head Coach University of Akron 1982
Rick McFadden Assistant Coach University of Akron 2005
Lamont Paris Assistant Coach College of Wooster 1996
Terry Weigand Assistant Coach Ashland University 1989
Dan Peters Director of Basketball Operations Kent State University 1976
Cedrick Middleton Graduate Assistant University of Akron 2008
Cole Pittis Graduate Assistant - Video Services Muskingum College 2006

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
November 10* 7:00 p.m. Mount Union James A. Rhodes ArenaAkron, Ohio W 88–38
Stats 
1,058
Regular Season
November 15* 2:00 p.m. Austin Peay James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio
(Glenn Wilkes Classic)
L 77–80
Stats 
2,360 0–1
November 20* 3:30 p.m. vs. N.C. State Ocean CenterDaytona Beach, Florida
(Glenn Wilkes Classic)
L 45–66
Stats 
416 0–2
November 21* 1:15 p.m. vs. Drake Ocean Center • Daytona Beach, Florida
(Glenn Wilkes Classic)
W 63–59
Stats 
321 1–2
November 22* 11:00 a.m. vs. Howard Ocean Center • Daytona Beach, Florida
(Glenn Wilkes Classic)
W 69–52
Stats 
208 2–2
November 27* 7:00 p.m. Arkansas-Pine Bluff James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 68–65
Stats 
2,115 3–2
November 29* 2:00 p.m. Niagara James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 80–68
Stats 
2,049 4–2
December 4* 8:00 p.m. at #19 Texas A&M Reed ArenaCollege Station, Texas L 62–74
Stats 
7,668 4–3
December 12* 7:00 p.m. Malone James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 62–30
Stats 
3,381 5–3
December 18* 7:00 p.m. UNC Greensboro James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 83–59
Stats 
2,226 6–3
December 20* 2:00 p.m. St. Francis (PA) James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 80–51
Stats 
2,028 7–3
December 22* 7:00 p.m Illinois-Chicago James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 77–65
Stats 
2,267 8–3
December 27* 2:00 p.m. Valparaiso James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 77–57
Stats 
2,825 9–3
December 30* 9:00 p.m. at Wyoming Arena-AuditoriumLaramie, Wyoming W 85–76
Stats 
4,414 10–3
January 5* 7:00 p.m. Rhode Island James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio L 63–68  2,429 10–4
January 9 7:00 p.m. Bowling Green James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 71–45  3,028 11–4 (1–0)
January 13 7:00 p.m. at Ohio Convocation CenterAthens, Ohio W 67–62  6,834 12–4 (2–0)
January 17 2:00 p.m. at Buffalo Alumni ArenaBuffalo, New York L 65–78  2,240 12–5 (2–1)
January 20 7:00 p.m. Miami (OH) James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 69–46  3,357 13–5 (3–1)
January 23 12:00 p.m. at Kent State Memorial Athletic and Convocation CenterKent, Ohio ESPNU L 70–87  6,204 13–6 (3–2)
January 27 7:00 p.m. at Western Michigan University ArenaKalamazoo, Michigan W 79–70  3,041 14–6 (4–2)
January 30 7:00 p.m. Toledo James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 59–45  3,634 15–6 (5–2)
February 1 7:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio L 59–62  2,674 15–7 (5–3)
February 3 7:00 p.m. Northern Illinois James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 90–76  2,591 16–7 (6–3)
February 6 12:00 p.m. at Ball State John E. Worthen ArenaMuncie, Indiana W 75–70  3,062 17–7 (7–3)
February 9 7:00 p.m. at Central Michigan Daniel P. Rose CenterMt. Pleasant, Michigan W 56–52  760 18–7 (8–3)
February 14 2:00 p.m. Ohio James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 91–88  3,469 19–7 (9–3)
February 17 7:00 p.m. at Miami (OH) Millett HallOxford, Ohio W 61–56  2,092 20–7 (10–3)
February 20* 4:00 p.m. at VCU Stuart C. Siegel CenterRichmond, VA
(ESPN BracketBusters)
ESPNU L 53–70    20–8
February 24 7:00 p.m. Buffalo James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio W 77–67  3,975 21–8 (11–3)
February 27 2:30 p.m. at Bowling Green Anderson ArenaBowling Green, Ohio W 74–68  1,927 22–8 (12–3)
March 5 8:00 p.m. Kent State James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio ESPN2 L 61–74  5,545 22–9 (12–4)
2010 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament
March 11 2:50 p.m. vs. Eastern Michigan Quicken Loans ArenaCleveland, Ohio
(Quarterfinals)
W 97–89  3,084 23–9 (2OT)
March 12 7:00 p.m. vs. Western Michigan Quicken Loans Arena • Cleveland, Ohio
(Semifinals)
W 66–64  NA 24–9
March 13 6:00 p.m. vs. Ohio Quicken Loans Arena • Cleveland, Ohio
(Championship Game)
ESPN2 L 75–81 OT 9,533 24–10
2010 College Basketball Invitational
March 17 7:00 p.m. UW-Green Bay James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, Ohio
(First Round)
L 66–70  877 24–11
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MBK: Thad Matta Adds Jeff Boals to Men's Basketball Staff" (Press release). OhioStateBuckeyes.com. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  2. ^ Turner, Jamie (2009-06-17). "Akron extends basketball coach Keith Dambrot's contract through 2015-16 season". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Schmidt, Hubert. "Eine neue Ära hat beGonnen" [A new era has begun] (in German). Vienna. LAOLA1.at. Archived from the original on 6 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  4. ^ Sultan, Keno (2009-11-07). "Lake alumnus Coblentz returns to Stark County as a Pioneer". The Suburbanite. Retrieved 12 November 2009.