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2017 NIT Tournament: Akron Zips at Houston Cougars, How to Watch, Listen and Preview

Akron looks to “zip” into the second round of the NIT in the Lone Star State

Isaiah Johnson
Isaiah Johnson

The seventh seeded Akron Zips are heading to the Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston on a mission to advance in the NIT. The game will be played Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7: 30 P.M. EST. The Zips earned themselves a ticket to the tournament after winning the regular season Mid-American Conference title.

How to Follow Along:

Watch: ESPNU

Listen (Akron feed): Fox Sports 1350

Listen (Houston feed): KPRC 950 AM

You can always follow along with the Akron Twitter feed as well (@ZipsMBB).

Scouting the Zips:

Akron’s NCAA Tournament hopes came to a screeching halt on Saturday when they fell to Kent State in the MAC tournament championship game. The Zips are coming into the match with the Cougars averaging 77 PPG this season. They know how to play the ball defensively as their opponents average just 36% from behind the three point arc. Houston isn’t the best team at shooting from distance. However, as a team that shoots just 37% from downtown, the Zips would not be in a good place if Houston found their rhythm.

Scouting the Cougars:

Houston shoots a solid 45% from the field. Do not be surprised if the Cougars find their rhythm in this game and don’t slow down. A huge key for them in this game will be free throws. This is a team that shoots 71% at the line, and with a game that matches up this close on paper, they’ll need them down the stretch.

Players to Watch:

Damyean Dotson (Houston)- A 6’5”, redshirt senior guard, Dotson enters Wednesday’s match-up with a field goal percentage of 47%. He averages 17.3 points per game, and a lot of that comes from his stellar 43% shooting from downtown. On top of his scoring efforts, the guard averages seven rebounds a game, and he has forced 32 turnovers.

Isaiah Johnson (Akron): A 6’10” junior Center, Johnson’s presence in the paint is noticeable. Although he averages 16.7 points, that comes off a 58% shooting season thus far. He knows how to crash the boards and be physical with a 7.6 rebounds per game average. Johnson is strong and skillful in the post.