Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE
The Zips capitalized on an ugly opening for the Broncos to start MAC play off correctly.
I didn't get much of a chance at focusing on this game, but the takeaway was that WMU missed a lot of easy baskets. And that would explain the paltry 43 points. But did they miss nine easy ones?
The beginning of the second half is where Akron turned this into a potential "good" game into a dominant performance. Credit to WMU, who kept the Zips to under 70 points, which is not something many teams have been able to do. However, Akron doesn't normally pride itself on lockdown defense, and 43 points is the fewest by a Zips opponent since that really bad Toledo team in 2011, who scored just 41.
Now, maybe WMU will regroup and play better throughout the year, and if they want another shot at the Zips, they'll have to tangle with them in the MAC Tournament somewhere. One can only hope. But Akron played a complete game, for the most part, and that's important.
Austin Richie, WMU: 11 points (4-7, 1-3 3PT, 2-4 FT), 1 rebound, 1 assist