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
Division 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
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]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
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 
Recruiting star rankings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/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 Hometown
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, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 10*
7:00 p.m.
Mount Union W 88–38
Stats
 

James A. Rhodes Arena (1,058)
Akron, Ohio
Regular Season
November 15*
2:00 p.m.
Austin Peay
Glenn Wilkes Classic
L 77–80
Stats
 
0–1
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,360)
Akron, Ohio
November 20*
3:30 p.m.
vs. N.C. State
Glenn Wilkes Classic
L 45–66
Stats
 
0–2
Ocean Center (416)
Daytona Beach, Florida
November 21*
1:15 p.m.
vs. Drake
Glenn Wilkes Classic
W 63–59
Stats
 
1–2
Ocean Center (321)
Daytona Beach, Florida
November 22*
11:00 a.m.
vs. Howard
Glenn Wilkes Classic
W 69–52
Stats
 
2–2
Ocean Center (208)
Daytona Beach, Florida
November 27*
7:00 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 68–65
Stats
 
3–2
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,115)
Akron, Ohio
November 29*
2:00 p.m.
Niagara W 80–68
Stats
 
4–2
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,049)
Akron, Ohio
December 4*
8:00 p.m.
at No. 19 Texas A&M L 62–74
Stats
 
4–3
Reed Arena (7,668)
College Station, Texas
December 12*
7:00 p.m.
Malone W 62–30
Stats
 
5–3
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,381)
Akron, Ohio
December 18*
7:00 p.m.
UNC Greensboro W 83–59
Stats
 
6–3
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,226)
Akron, Ohio
December 20*
2:00 p.m.
St. Francis (PA) W 80–51
Stats
 
7–3
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,028)
Akron, Ohio
December 22*
7:00 p.m
Illinois-Chicago W 77–65
Stats
 
8–3
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,267)
Akron, Ohio
December 27*
2:00 p.m.
Valparaiso W 77–57
Stats
 
9–3
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,825)
Akron, Ohio
December 30*
9:00 p.m.
at Wyoming W 85–76
Stats
 
10–3
Arena-Auditorium (4,414)
Laramie, Wyoming
January 5*
7:00 p.m.
Rhode Island L 63–68  10–4
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,429)
Akron, Ohio
January 9
7:00 p.m.
Bowling Green W 71–45  11–4
(1–0)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,028)
Akron, Ohio
January 13
7:00 p.m.
at Ohio W 67–62  12–4
(2–0)
Convocation Center (6,834)
Athens, Ohio
January 17
2:00 p.m.
at Buffalo L 65–78  12–5
(2–1)
Alumni Arena (2,240)
Buffalo, New York
January 20
7:00 p.m.
Miami (OH) W 69–46  13–5
(3–1)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,357)
Akron, Ohio
January 23
12:00 p.m., ESPNU
at Kent State L 70–87  13–6
(3–2)
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (6,204)
Kent, Ohio
January 27
7:00 p.m.
at Western Michigan W 79–70  14–6
(4–2)
University Arena (3,041)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
January 30
7:00 p.m.
Toledo W 59–45  15–6
(5–2)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,634)
Akron, Ohio
February 1
7:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan L 59–62  15–7
(5–3)
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,674)
Akron, Ohio
February 3
7:00 p.m.
Northern Illinois W 90–76  16–7
(6–3)
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,591)
Akron, Ohio
February 6
12:00 p.m.
at Ball State W 75–70  17–7
(7–3)
John E. Worthen Arena (3,062)
Muncie, Indiana
February 9
7:00 p.m.
at Central Michigan W 56–52  18–7
(8–3)
Daniel P. Rose Center (760)
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
February 14
2:00 p.m.
Ohio W 91–88  19–7
(9–3)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,469)
Akron, Ohio
February 17
7:00 p.m.
at Miami (OH) W 61–56  20–7
(10–3)
Millett Hall (2,092)
Oxford, Ohio
February 20*
4:00 p.m., ESPNU
at VCU
ESPN BracketBusters
L 53–70  20–8
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
February 24
7:00 p.m.
Buffalo W 77–67  21–8
(11–3)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,975)
Akron, Ohio
February 27
2:30 p.m.
at Bowling Green W 74–68  22–8
(12–3)
Anderson Arena (1,927)
Bowling Green, Ohio
March 5
8:00 p.m., ESPN2
Kent State L 61–74  22–9
(12–4)
James A. Rhodes Arena (5,545)
Akron, Ohio
2010 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament
March 11
2:50 p.m.
vs. Eastern Michigan
Quarterfinals
W 97–89  23–9
(2OT)
Quicken Loans Arena (3,084)
Cleveland, Ohio
March 12
7:00 p.m.
vs. Western Michigan
Semifinals
W 66–64  24–9
Quicken Loans Arena (NA)
Cleveland, Ohio
March 13
6:00 p.m., ESPN2
vs. Ohio
Championship Game
L 75–81 OT 24–10
Quicken Loans Arena (9,533)
Cleveland, Ohio
2010 College Basketball Invitational
March 17
7:00 p.m.
UW-Green Bay
First Round
L 66–70  24–11
James A. Rhodes Arena (877)
Akron, Ohio
*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.