The Akron Zips are the men's basketball team that represents the University of Akron in NCAA Division I play with membership in the Mid-American Conference. Akron was previously in the Ohio Valley Conference before becoming a member of the MAC in 1992. Before earning Division I status in 1980, the Zips were a Division II team. The Zips made noise in Division I early after their transition thanks to the leadership of their young coach, Bob Huggins. Huggins would lead the University of Akron to an NCAA Final Four Tournament berth in 1986, just six years after making the jump to Division I. Huggins later went on to become a legendary coach at Cincinnati and at West Virginia. The current head coach at Akron is John Groce, who is entering his third season with the program. The team has seen improvement in each of his two seasons with the team so far and is looking to continue that. Visit StubHub today to get Akron Zips' basketball tickets.
Where do the Akron Zips play their home games?
The University of Akron men's basketball team plays its home games at James A. Rhodes Arena, a 3,000-seat arena named after a former governor of the state of Ohio. The arena was first opened in 1983 and is also the home of the school's women's basketball team and volleyball team.
Do the Akron Zips have any rivals?
The University of Akron's main rival in all sports is Kent State. The two teams play twice a year each season, thanks to the fact that they are both in the MAC. The distance between the two schools creates the fuel that burns the fire in the rivalry. Akron and Kent State are in neighboring counties and are just 10 miles apart.
What conference to the University of Akron Zips play in?
Akron plays in the Mid-American Conference, a 12-team conference consisting of schools from New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. The MAC is split up into two separate conferences, and Akron plays in the Eastern Division. The winner of the MAC's postseason conference tournament earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Final Four Tournament.
Have the Akron Zips made any appearances in the NCAA Final Four Tournament?
Yes. Since joining Division I play, the Zips have earned four berths in the NCAA Final Four Tournament in 1986, 2009, 2011 and 2013. The University of Akron has yet to win a first-round appearance in the tournament. Most of Akron's Final Four Tournament appearances came under the leadership of Keith Dambront, who coached at the school from 2004-2017. During his tenure, the Zips averaged over 20 wins a season, making him the most successful coach in school history by far.
What are some important games on the team's schedule this season?
The Zips play a variety of important in-conference and nonconference games this season. Each in-conference game on the schedule is important because the team expects to compete for a conference title this year. The University of Louisville and West Virginia University represent two of the high-profile non-conference programs the Akron Zips have on the schedule this year.
Who is the Akron Zips' all-time leading scorer?
The leading point scorer in Akron Zips' history is Joe Jakubick, a four-year shooting guard who played for the Zips from 1980-1984. In his final season, he led the nation in scoring, helping him earn the third honorable mention nod for the NCAA All-American team of his college career. After college, Jakubick was drafted in the seventh round of the NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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