Akron University Goes to the NCAA Tournament

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The University of Akron has made the NCAA tournament by virtue of winning the Mid American Conference (MAC) championship.  They were ranked fifth in the tournament and had to go through number 1 seed Bowling Green and number 2 seed Buffalo to earn the championship.  Bowling Green and Buffalo were co-champions of the MAC regular season.

They accomplished this task by playing five games in seven logodays; but that's the stress teams play under in tournament competition.

They are going to the NCAA tournament for the fist time since 1986.  The coach of the 1986 team was Bob Huggins.  Yes, the same Bob Huggins that brought Cincinnati to the tournament several times and is now coaching West Virginia.

In my view, Bob Huggins is an outstanding basketball coach.  During his years at Akron they consistently won 20 games or more each year; he raised the level of basketball at the university during his time there.

I had the good fortune to meet Bob just before his spot on a local sports radio talk show.  I was heavily involved with soccer in the Akron area and Ohio at the time and appeared on a program with commentator Steve French that was devoted to talking about soccer and its development in our area.  The "Bob Huggins Show" went on shortly after my spot and I had the opportunity to meet and speak with him before he went on.  I've followed his career after he left Akron and have enjoyed his successes.

Now bpigack to the NCAA tournament.  Akron (ranked 13 in their bracket) drew number 4 Gonzaga for their first game.  Most of us never heard of Gonzaga until Jerry "The Shark" brought them to the forefront of national attention with a serious run in the tournament many years ago.  They have a strong program and are expected to put Akron away in the first round.

Of course, miracles do happen and those of us who follow Akron University sports are hoping for a good game and, yes, a victory.  We will watch the game with interest and hope for the best.  Gonzaga will be a huge test for this growing Akron University basketball program.

Go Zips!

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Patricia Kennedy
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Jon, good for them!  I love to keep track of the schools other than Duke!  And this year, University of Maryland made the tournement sort of by the skin of their teeth!  And they're happy.

Mar 17, 2009 12:48 AM #1
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Jon looks like OHIO will be well represented.  I think we have about 5 teams going.  I will be cheering for them all.

Mar 17, 2009 02:26 AM #2
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Jon Wnoroski
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Patricia - I love following other teams in our state as well.

Vanessa - Yes, Ohio is well represented in the tournament.  Besides my Zips, Ohio State (my daughters alma mater), Cleveland State, Dayton, and Xavier are in.  Good luck to them all.

 

Mar 18, 2009 12:57 AM #3
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Charlie Harden
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Bob, now I've got another team to root for.  I'll pull for you guys, too!  But they got perennial Cinderella Gonzaga in the first game.  It should be fun. 

Mar 19, 2009 04:44 AM #4
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Jon Wnoroski
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Hi Charlie - The Zips are going to need all the help they can get.  Gonzago hit the scenes a number of years back and has been a serious contender in the early rounds for years.  They are a heavy favorite and Arkron will need to play the part of "David" against this "Goliath."  The Akron coach was LeBron James' high school coach.  Hopefully he can work some magic here!

Mar 19, 2009 05:51 AM #5
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Jenniffer Lee
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Go Zips!  I hope they get the magic you're wishing for!

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Jon Wnoroski
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Hi Jennifer - Thanks for the "magic" we're hoping for.  I have two fraternity brothers in Sebring (Spring Lake Resort) who live side by side who are hoping the Zips find that magic also.  In fact, our fraternity at Akron has alums from coast-to-coast hoping for positive results tonight.  Go Zips!

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