2013–14 Akron Zips men's basketball team

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2013–14 Akron Zips men's basketball
University of Akron script logo.gif
CIT, First round
Conference Mid-American Conference
East Division
2013–14 record 21–13 (12–6 MAC)
Head coach Keith Dambrot (10th year)
Assistant coach Rick McFadden
Assistant coach Charles Thomas
Assistant coach Terry Weigand
Home arena James A. Rhodes Arena
Seasons
« 2012–13 2014–15 »
2013–14 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Buffalo 13 5   .722     19 10   .655
Akron 12 6   .667     21 13   .618
Ohio 11 7   .611     25 12   .676
Miami 8 10   .444     13 18   .419
Kent State 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
Bowling Green 6 12   .333     12 20   .375
West
Toledo 14 4   .778     27 7   .794
Western Michigan 14 4   .778     23 10   .697
Eastern Michigan 10 8   .556     22 15   .595
Northern Illinois 8 10   .444     15 17   .469
Central Michigan 3 15   .167     10 21   .323
Ball State 2 16   .111     5 25   .167
2014 MAC Tournament winner

The 2013–14 Akron Zips men's basketball team represented the University of Akron during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Zips, led by tenth year head coach Keith Dambrot, played their home games at the James A. Rhodes Arena as members of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 21–13, 12–6 in MAC play to finish in second place in the East Division. They advanced to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament where they lost to Western Michigan. They were invited to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament where they lost in the first round to IPFW.

Season[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Akron announced their complete season schedule on September 2, 2013.[1] On the non-conference schedule, the Zips announced they would compete in the annual Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. Other key non-conference games included a trip to Saint Mary's during the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon, as well as a road game against South Carolina. For the conference schedule, Akron scheduled home-and-home series with Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Ohio, Miami, Kent State, Bowling Green, and Buffalo. Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan, and Central Michigan were to be played once each.

Akron opened their preseason with an exhibition victory against Bluffton on November 1. Senior Nick Harney scored 21 points to lead the Zips in a 95–40 rout.[2]

November[edit]

The Zips hosted Coastal Carolina on November 8 in their season and home opener. Led by Demetrius Treadwell, who had 13 points and eight rebounds, the Zips held an 11-point lead at halftime and finished off a 72–63 victory, their first of the season.[3][4] Akron then traveled to Moraga, California to take on traditional mid-major power Saint Mary's as part of the ESPN Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on November 12. The Zips kept it close early behind the play of Treadwell, and despite a strong advantage in rebounding, Akron's poor shooting couldn't lead them to victory, falling 63–85.[5][6]

On November 16, the Zips traveled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to take on 2013 NCAA tournament participant Middle Tennessee. After being tied at halftime, Akron stayed with three points until the Blue Raiders pulled ahead by five with 7:10 remaining, eventually winning 80–73. The win extended the Blue Raiders' home winning streak to 32 games.[7][8]

December[edit]

Following a three week layoff without playing a game, the Zips returned to action on December 6 when they visited Cleveland State. Cleveland State lost the lead eight minutes into the first half, and Akron, led by Nick Harney, who scored 15 points, pulled out a 73–61 victory.[9][10] One week later, the Zips hosted MEAC foe Bethune-Cookman. Akron held control of the game and never let go, and capped the first half with 37–6 run. Treadwell scored 19 points and shot a perfect 7–7 from the field to lead the team to an 84–56 win, their second straight.[11][12]

On December 16, the Zips played host to the Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts University. Tied midway in the second half at 52, Reggie McAdams drained two 3-pointers that gave Akron a lead they would not relinquish en route to a 74–64 triumph.[13][14]

Roster[edit]

2013–14 Akron Zips men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
F 1 Treadwell, DemetriusDemetrius Treadwell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Euclid HS Euclid, OH
F 2 Cheatham, Jr., KwanKwan Cheatham, Jr. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 233 lb (106 kg) Fr Winton Woods HS Cincinnati, OH
G 3 Evans, NylesNyles Evans 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Hoover HS
Brevard CC
North Canton, OH
G 4 Ibitayo, DejiDeji Ibitayo 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Rich Central HS Chicago, IL
F 5 Gladden, B. J.B. J. Gladden 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Olympic HS Charlotte, NC
F 10 Harney, NickNick Harney 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Benedictine HS Cleveland, OH
G 11 Jackson, AaronAaron Jackson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Fr Lincoln HS Gahanna, OH
G 12 Betancourt, CarmeloCarmelo Betancourt 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 182 lb (83 kg) So Montrose Christian School
Colegio Adianez
Río Piedras, P.R.
F 13 Diggs, QuincyQuincy Diggs 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Sr Plano East HS
New Orleans
Dallas, TX
F 15 Kretzer, JakeJake Kretzer 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Waverly HS Waverly, OH
F 21 McAdams, ReggieReggie McAdams 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Elida HS Elida, OH
C 23 Johnson, IsaiahIsaiah Johnson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Fr Walnut Hills HS Cincinnati, OH
G 30 Hoisten, DariusDarius Hoisten 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Garfield HS Akron, OH
F 33 Stalyga, JonasJonas Stalyga 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Grand Island High School
Loyola (IL)
Vilnius, Lithuania
C 34 Forsythe, PatPat Forsythe 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Brunswick HS
West Virginia
Brunswick, OH
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Schedule and results[edit]

Source: [1]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/1/2013* 7:00 pm Bluffton James A. Rhodes ArenaAkron, OH W 95–40  3,286
Non-conference games
11/8/2013* 8:00 pm Coastal Carolina James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH W 72–63  4,217 1–0
11/12/2013* 3:00 am at Saint Mary's McKeon PavilionMoraga, CA
(ESPN Tip-Off Marathon)
ESPN2 L 63–85  2,245 1–1
11/16/2013* 3:00 pm at Middle Tennessee Murphy CenterMurfreesboro, TN L 73–80  4,288 1–2
12/7/2013* 2:00 pm at Cleveland State Wolstein CenterCleveland, OH W 73–61  3,079 2–2
12/14/2013* 7:00 pm Bethune-Cookman James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH W 84–56  2,763 3–2
12/16/2013* 7:00 pm Oral Roberts James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH W 74–64  2,668 4–2
12/18/2013* 7:00 pm Detroit James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH W 79–60  2,800 5–2
12/22/2013* 7:30 pm vs. Oregon State Stan Sheriff CenterHonolulu, HI
(Diamond Head Classic First Round)
ESPNU W 83–71  8,694 6–2
12/23/2013* 4:30 pm vs. #14 Iowa State Stan Sheriff Center • Honolulu, HI
(Diamond Head Classic Semifinals)
ESPNU L 60–83  7,140 6–3
12/25/2013* 6:30 pm vs. South Carolina Stan Sheriff Center • Honolulu, HI
(Diamond Head Classic 3rd place game)
ESPN2 L 59–69  6,769 6–4
12/28/2013* 4:00 pm at South Carolina Colonial Life ArenaColumbia, SC
(Diamond Head Classic)
ESPNU L 45–78  7,802 6–5
12/31/2013* 6:00 pm Coppin State James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH W 77–66  2,701 7–5
1/2/2014* 7:00 pm Marshall James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH W 59–58  3,784 8–5
Conference games
1/8/2014 7:00 pm at Ball State John E. Worthen ArenaMuncie, IN W 72–68  2,606 9–5 (1–0)
1/12/2014 6:00 pm at Ohio Convocation CenterAthens, OH ESPN3 W 83–80 2OT 8,114 10–5 (2–0)
1/15/2014 7:00 pm Miami (OH) James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH W 59–52  3,058 11–5 (3–0)
1/18/2014 11:00 AM Toledo James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH L 61–75  4,596 11–6 (3–1)
1/22/2014 7:00 pm at Eastern Michigan Convocation CenterYpsilanti, MI ESPN3 W 78–68  609 12–6 (4–1)
1/25/2014 7:00 pm at Central Michigan McGuirk ArenaMount Pleasant, MI W 82–74  2,039 13–6 (5–1)
1/29/2014 7:00 pm Ball State James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH W 73–46  3,211 14–6 (6–1)
2/1/2014 6:00 pm Kent State MAC CenterKent, OH
(ESPN3)
L 57–60  6,181 14–7 (6–2)
2/5/2014 7:00 pm Eastern Michigan James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH ESPN3 W 52–48  3,014 15–7 (7–2)
2/9/2014 6:00 pm at Bowling Green Stroh CenterBowling Green, OH ESPN3 W 65–63  2,901 16–7 (8–2)
2/12/2014 7:00 pm at Western Michigan University ArenaKalamazoo, MI L 54–57  2,369 16–8 (8–3)
2/15/2014 7:00 pm Northern Illinois James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH W 62–54  3,642 17–8 (9–3)
2/19/2014 7:00 pm at Buffalo Alumni ArenaAmherst, NY ESPN3 L 90–96  3,579 17–9 (9–4)
2/22/2014 6:00 pm Ohio James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH ESPN3 L 50–66  4,918 17–10 (9–5)
2/26/2014 7:00 pm at Miami (OH) Millett HallOxford, OH L 61–65  1,004 17–11 (9–6)
3/1/2014 7:00 pm Bowling Green James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH W 57–47  4,049 18–11 (10–6)
3/4/2014 7:00 pm Buffalo James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH W 83–71  3,220 19–11 (11–6)
3/8/2014 TBD Kent State James A. Rhodes Arena • Akron, OH W 58–54  5,488 20–11 (12–6)
MAC Tournament
03/13/2014 6:30 pm vs. Ohio Quicken Loans Arena • Cleveland, OH
(Quarterfinals)
TWCSC (Ohio) W 83–77  4,116 21–11
03/14/2014 6:30 pm vs. Western Michigan Quicken Loans Arena • Cleveland, OH
(Semifinals)
TWCSC (Ohio) L 60–64 OT 6,318 21–12
CIT
03/19/2014* 7:00 pm at IPFW Gates Sports CenterFort Wayne, IN
(First round)
L 91–97  1,283 21–13
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Akron Announces 2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule". GoZips.com. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Men's Basketball Cruises to 95-40 Exhibition Win Over Bluffton". GoZips.com. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "http://www.gozips.com/sports/mbkb/2013-14/releases/20131108uzvb6a". GoZips.com. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Akron holds off Coastal Carolina 72-63". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Men's Basketball Falls 85-63 at Saint Mary's". AkronZips.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Waldow, Walker lead Saint Mary's past Akron, 85-63". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Men's Basketball Closes Road Trip with 80-73 Loss at Middle Tennessee". GoZips.com. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Middle Tennessee defeats Akron 80-73". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Men's Basketball Earns Road Win, Downs Cleveland State 73-61". GoZips.com. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Akron shoots past Cleveland State 73-61". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Men's Basketball Opens Homestand with 84-56 Win Over Bethune-Cookman". GoZips.com. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Akron defeats Bethune-Cookman 84-56". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Men's Basketball Surges Late to Down Oral Roberts, 74-64". GoZips.com. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Akron surges late, puts away Oral Roberts 74-64". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 16, 2013.