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 Previous school 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, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/1/2013*
7:00 pm
Bluffton W 95–40 
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,286)
Akron, OH
Non-conference games
11/8/2013*
8:00 pm
Coastal Carolina W 72–63  1–0
James A. Rhodes Arena (4,217)
Akron, OH
11/12/2013*
3:00 am, ESPN2
at Saint Mary's
ESPN Tip-Off Marathon
L 63–85  1–1
McKeon Pavilion (2,245)
Moraga, CA
11/16/2013*
3:00 pm
at Middle Tennessee L 73–80  1–2
Murphy Center (4,288)
Murfreesboro, TN
12/7/2013*
2:00 pm
at Cleveland State W 73–61  2–2
Wolstein Center (3,079)
Cleveland, OH
12/14/2013*
7:00 pm
Bethune-Cookman W 84–56  3–2
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,763)
Akron, OH
12/16/2013*
7:00 pm
Oral Roberts W 74–64  4–2
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,668)
Akron, OH
12/18/2013*
7:00 pm
Detroit W 79–60  5–2
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,800)
Akron, OH
12/22/2013*
7:30 pm, ESPNU
vs. Oregon State
Diamond Head Classic First Round
W 83–71  6–2
Stan Sheriff Center (8,694)
Honolulu, HI
12/23/2013*
4:30 pm, ESPNU
vs. No. 14 Iowa State
Diamond Head Classic Semifinals
L 60–83  6–3
Stan Sheriff Center (7,140)
Honolulu, HI
12/25/2013*
6:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. South Carolina
Diamond Head Classic 3rd place game
L 59–69  6–4
Stan Sheriff Center (6,769)
Honolulu, HI
12/28/2013*
4:00 pm, ESPNU
at South Carolina
Diamond Head Classic
L 45–78  6–5
Colonial Life Arena (7,802)
Columbia, SC
12/31/2013*
6:00 pm
Coppin State W 77–66  7–5
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,701)
Akron, OH
1/2/2014*
7:00 pm
Marshall W 59–58  8–5
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,784)
Akron, OH
Conference games
1/8/2014
7:00 pm
at Ball State W 72–68  9–5 (1–0)
John E. Worthen Arena (2,606)
Muncie, IN
1/12/2014
6:00 pm, ESPN3
at Ohio W 83–80 2OT 10–5 (2–0)
Convocation Center (8,114)
Athens, OH
1/15/2014
7:00 pm
Miami (OH) W 59–52  11–5 (3–0)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,058)
Akron, OH
1/18/2014
11:00 AM
Toledo L 61–75  11–6 (3–1)
James A. Rhodes Arena (4,596)
Akron, OH
1/22/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Eastern Michigan W 78–68  12–6 (4–1)
Convocation Center (609)
Ypsilanti, MI
1/25/2014
7:00 pm
at Central Michigan W 82–74  13–6 (5–1)
McGuirk Arena (2,039)
Mount Pleasant, MI
1/29/2014
7:00 pm
Ball State W 73–46  14–6 (6–1)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,211)
Akron, OH
2/1/2014
6:00 pm
Kent State
ESPN3
L 57–60  14–7 (6–2)
MAC Center (6,181)
Kent, OH
2/5/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Eastern Michigan W 52–48  15–7 (7–2)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,014)
Akron, OH
2/9/2014
6:00 pm, ESPN3
at Bowling Green W 65–63  16–7 (8–2)
Stroh Center (2,901)
Bowling Green, OH
2/12/2014
7:00 pm
at Western Michigan L 54–57  16–8 (8–3)
University Arena (2,369)
Kalamazoo, MI
2/15/2014
7:00 pm
Northern Illinois W 62–54  17–8 (9–3)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,642)
Akron, OH
2/19/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Buffalo L 90–96  17–9 (9–4)
Alumni Arena (3,579)
Amherst, NY
2/22/2014
6:00 pm, ESPN3
Ohio L 50–66  17–10 (9–5)
James A. Rhodes Arena (4,918)
Akron, OH
2/26/2014
7:00 pm
at Miami (OH) L 61–65  17–11 (9–6)
Millett Hall (1,004)
Oxford, OH
3/1/2014
7:00 pm
Bowling Green W 57–47  18–11 (10–6)
James A. Rhodes Arena (4,049)
Akron, OH
3/4/2014
7:00 pm
Buffalo W 83–71  19–11 (11–6)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,220)
Akron, OH
3/8/2014
TBD
Kent State W 58–54  20–11 (12–6)
James A. Rhodes Arena (5,488)
Akron, OH
MAC Tournament
03/13/2014
6:30 pm, TWCSC (Ohio)
vs. Ohio
Quarterfinals
W 83–77  21–11
Quicken Loans Arena (4,116)
Cleveland, OH
03/14/2014
6:30 pm, TWCSC (Ohio)
vs. Western Michigan
Semifinals
L 60–64 OT 21–12
Quicken Loans Arena (6,318)
Cleveland, OH
CIT
03/19/2014*
7:00 pm
at IPFW
First round
L 91–97  21–13
Gates Sports Center (1,283)
Fort Wayne, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
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.  External link in |title= (help)
  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.