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2017 NIT Bracket : The Akron Zips Advance to The Second Round to take on The UT Arlington Mavericks

The regular season winner’s of the MAC take on the Sun Belt Regular season champs

NCAA Basketball: Akron at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Noah Robotham sank his free throws down the stretch to clinch the win for the 7th seed Akron Zips. It was a closely contested game where neither team had more than a 7 point lead. MAC Player of the Year Isaiah Johnson led the Zips with 21 points.

The 2 seed Houston Cougars were led Rob Gray Jr., who scored 24.

The Zips next opponent, the UT Arlington Mavericks, used a career high 24 points from Drew Charles to knock off the 3 seeded BYU Cougars. The Sun Belt regular season champs got 22 from Kevin Hervey, and 20 from Kaelon Wilson.

The Mavericks are third in the Sun Belt in scoring and scoring defense, scoring 77 per, while only giving up 69. They are second in rebounding, grabbing 38 per game.

Kevin Hervey averages 17.4 points per game, and grabs 8.6 rebounds, good for third and second in the conference, respectively.

The game’s date and time have yet to be determined, but will take place in Arlington.