Zips Get Zapped

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The University of Akron stepped up and played great basketball in their first NCAA Tournament game against Gonzaga last night; at least for the first 28 minutes.  The Zips led at halftime 38 - 35 in a game that had upset written all over it.  However, Gonzaga had different thoughts and came out fired up for the second half.

Akron led 52 - 51 with 9:43 left in the game but then Gonzaga burst their bubble with a 26 - 12 run from that point to the final buzzer.

The results did not surprise many people around the country who fully expected Gonzaga to win this game.  I'm not sure it even surprised many Zip fans who knew they were facing a huge challenge against a powerful and talented Gonzaga team.  Hope did rise to a high level as both teams went into the locker rooms at half time; the Zips were actually leading this game.  They appeared to be standing up very well against a powerful opponent.  Could they do it for the entire game?  That was the questions.

Obviously, Akron was unable to keep up their tempo in the second half and quickly fell behind.  They went a span of 13 minutes without scoring from the field and shot around 25% in the second half compared to a 42% shooting percentage in the first half. 

It was the "Tale of Two Halves" and the second half was a dismal one for the Zips.

However, there is hope for this team and the Akron program.  Four of the five starters will be back next year and they will add a 7 foot center next year to bolster their program and team.  All of who follow Akron sports are hoping to see the team make another appearance in the NCAA tournament next year.

Ohio is still represented in the tournament by Ohio State, Cleveland State, Dayton, and Xavier.


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Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Jon, I'm not a huge sports fan...but I do enjoy going to the is more exciting than watching sports on TV. 

Mar 20, 2009 01:28 AM #1
David Width Jr.
Little Egg Harbor, NJ

I agree with Rebecca. Some sports are much better live than on the TV. You get more hype from the crowd. Sounds like the team has a pretty bright future ahead. Good luck to them.

Mar 20, 2009 04:03 AM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. gophers got run over also.  But the coach is building a great future.

Mar 20, 2009 07:10 AM #3
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

Jon. My assistant is a Zip alumni. He was "hooten and hollering" this week with thought of Akron representing. He clearly recalls the last dance in 1986 while he was a student there. Michigan were the # 1 seed and led by Roy Tarpley, Gary Grant and Antione Joubert. Coach Bob Huggins had a more than respectable loss of 70-64

Louisville beat Duke that year.

And people wonder why I pay him the big bucks with a memory like that!!!!


Mar 20, 2009 02:03 PM #4
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Hi Ellie - Wow!  Your assistant does have a great memory.  You might want to ask him why Bob Huggins left Akron; it was terrible that we let him go.  I met Bob just prior to the "Bob Huggins Radio Show" one evening.  I was interviewed by Steve French on the air regarding amateur soccer in the area.  I've long been a Bob Huggins fan.  Your assistant may also know if Bob ever had a season with less than 20 wins while he was at Akron.  I can't remember if he did; It seemed like his teams were always winning 20 or more games.

Mar 20, 2009 02:52 PM #5
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Jon -- Yea, that was too bad for Akron.  I bet if LeBron were on the team, that would have spiced things up a bit.

Mar 21, 2009 07:21 AM #6
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