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Today's Game: Princeton (5-6 / 0-0) vs. Akron (7-4 / 0-0)
Location: James A. Rhodes Arena - Akron, OH
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: This is the first meeting between the two schools.
Last meeting: This is the first meeting between the two schools.

Princeton Akron
2-3 Home Record 5-0
3-2 Away Record 0-3
0-1 Neutral Record 2-1
169 RPI 104
132 Sagarin 51
91 Pomeroy 49
60.2 Points / Game 78.3
58.3 Points Allowed / Game 65.8
.446 FG% .473
.698 FT% .693
.337 3PT FG% .364
30.1 Rebounds / Game 37.0
7.8 Off. Rebounds / Game         12.8
-0.8 Rebounding Margin +4.5
14.6 Assists / Game 15.6
13.3 Turnovers / Game 14.5
2.4 Blocks / Game 6.6
Hummer: 15.5 Points Marshall: 13.0
Hummer: 6.5 Rebounds Marshall: 6.6
Hummer: 4.6 Assists Abreu: 5.7
Bray: 2.0 Steals Walsh: 1.5
Hummer: 1.1 Blocks Marshall: 4.0
Brase: .576 FG% (Min: 10 FGA) Treadwell: .639
Koon: .905 FT% (Min: 10 FTA) Kretzer: .900
Barrett: .500 3PT FG% (Min: 10 3PTA)    Walsh: .429

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There was good conversation in the forum for the Rider game (21 comments) and great conversation for the Bucknell game (36 posts). I'll be providing live updates and commentary here for tonight's contest at Akron. You must be subscribed and logged in to participate. See you there!

You should be able to simultaneously stream video of tonight's tilt for free here.

A few things you should know about the Zips in advance of the opening tip:

1. They're an impressive 109-17 at home the previous nine seasons, including a perfect 5-0 mark this year.

2. In addition to a Top 100 defense, Akron also has the 26th most efficient offense. They shoot the ball very well inside the arc (53.4%) and grab 38.0% of all available offensive rebounds.

3. A lot of that has to do with two players - 7'0" senior center Zeke Marshall and junior forward Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell. Marshall - who averages 13.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.0 blocks - is in the Top 10 nationally in three categories: Block Percentage (15.8 - 8th), Fouls Drawn (7.7 - 7th) and FT Rate (122.7 - 2nd). In Treadwell's last two games he had 15/8 in 23 minutes versus Cleveland State and 18/10 in 22 minutes versus Texas Southern.

4. Akron's best win is over #40 Middle Tennessee in OT at home. Three of their four losses are against Top 100 teams - #96 Detroit, #15 Creighton and to #17 Oklahoma State in OT, a game they let get away at the end of regulation.

5. This game poses a significantly more difficult challenge than Princeton's visits to fellow MAC East foes Buffalo (#166) and Kent State (#137).

I don't believe I've run this piece on Princeton recruit Henry Caruso before.

Future Tiger Steven Cook had another double-double at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.

A jumper by Towson's Marcus Damas with less than a second remaining in overtime gave the Tigers a one point victory at Oregon State (9-3). The Beavers' apparent game-winning layup at the buzzer was waved off due to an offensive foul.

Down 23 at halftime, Richmond (9-5) rallied to even their game with Davidson but were outscored 9-3 in the contest's final two minutes.

Trailing by 10 with eight minutes left, Fairfield (9-5) closed on a 15-4 run to win their fifth straight. The final was 55-54 Stags at Old Dominion.

Denver (4-7) lost 68-60 in the WAC opener at Louisiana Tech.

Around the Ivy League: Columbia (6-5) made 12 threes in a 69-58 win over Manhattan. Penn (2-9) dropped a 68-63 overtime decision at Wagner. Harvard (7-4) pulled off a 67-62 victory at Cal behind 19 points from Laurent Rivard.

George Clark said,

December 30, 2012 @ 9:41 am

Akron appears to be at least as daunting a challenge as Bucknell did. I hope we are getting a nice check, a win would be a huge bonus. Watched most of the Penn-Wagner game yesterday. Wagner is a better team now than they were when they played the Tigers. Penn makes far too many mistakes and clearly needs Dougherty, who is sidelined with mononucleosis. But Allen has no seniors on the roster. Another round of urine tests and he may have no juniors and sophomores, either.

Jon Solomon said,

December 30, 2012 @ 9:51 am

Wagner was also without their leading scorer Jonathon Williams yesterday (who scored 20 versus Princeton) but have regained the services of Latif Rivers (15 off the bench against Penn).

The Seahawks have won four of six since besting Princeton with their pair of losses at Temple and at Santa Clara.

Would still like that result back though.


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