Gregory Shamus

Akron loses to VCU 88-42 in the NCAA tournament

With their third trip to the Big Dance in five years, Akron unfortunately suffered the worst loss by a MAC team in NCAA history after a domino effect of bad events: VCU's tough defense and a flu bug.

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Everything that could have gone wrong ... did

The worst NCAA tournament loss in MAC history happened to a team that had arguably their greatest season, proving that even fate filled out a bracket.

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Halftime: VCU 50, Akron 25

Plagued by turnovers and a lack of depth, it's been all VCU this halftime. It's been hard to watch.

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Walsh/Forsythe ill, Ibitayo injured

Just what they needed: a haymaker to their depth chart! According to Turner Sports' Rachel Nichols, guard Brian Walsh and backup center Pat Forsythe came down with a nasty flu, and Walsh had to spend the night in the hospital. Not to be outdone, Deji Ibitayo may not play due to back spasms.

Worst case, all three don't play and that would leave the Zips with seven in their rotation: Zeke Marshall, Demetrius Treadwell, Nick Harney, Jake Kretzer, Chauncey Gilliam, Reggie McAdams, and Carmelo Betancourt. I have to think that Walsh and Forsythe will muster up anything they can to play.

Walsh has started most of their games, so that would be big loss if his minutes are limited. Ibitayo and Forsythe play about 11 minutes per game apiece, so if either were unable to go it would not be a huge loss, but departures at the bottom of the depth chart would be felt at the top — especially if Marshall needs a breather or suffers foul trouble and Forsythe isn't there to keep size in the lineup.

But this is now the Akron identity: something happens to them and they gotta figure something out. Have at it, Dambrot.

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The problem with Akron in your bracket

A Mid-American Conference connoisseur wants the ZIps to win, but the odds aren't good. What's a bracketeer to do?

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Akron Zips take on the VCU Rams

The 12th seeded Akron Zips take on the 5th seeded VCU Rams tomorrow night at 9:45.

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A picture of Keith Dambrot wearing a VCU t-shirt

Thank you, Daughter Dambrot, for sharing this with the world:

Patiently awaiting one of Shaka Smart's relatives to reveal a picture of him wearing the Zippy costume.

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VCU coach Shaka Smart is a former Akron asst.

Who says the selection committee doesn't have a sense of humor?

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And the opponent is...

Many bracketologists expected the Zips to get shipped out west, but the NCAA did Akron (and the MAC) a huge favor by keeping the Roo close to home.

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Akron Bracketology Update

Less than an hour remains until the brackets are released for the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Where will Akron be heading?

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Akron's potential NCAA opponents: Michigan?

Based on the experts' scientific guesswork, the Zips seem poised for a 13-seed in March Madness. The question is just: who?

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Akron just shut everybody up

From paperwork to point guard suspensions, Akron has been through it all and overcame every hard question mark thrown at them with a 65-46 win against Ohio in the MAC Championship.

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