Akron tied a school record with 26 wins last season but
that wasn't good enough for either the NCAA or NIT committees so the
Zips sat at home during March. They shouted about getting robbed but
looking at their non-league schedule that included the likes of Tiffin,
Binghamton, Winston-Salem State, St. Francis (Pa.) and Youngstown
State, Akron didn't deserve a postseason berth.
The Zips have another MAC title contender but their non-league schedule is once again softer than Shaq's belly:
Nov. 16 – vs. South Carolina Upstate
Nov. 17 – vs. Portland State or IUPUI
Nov. 18 – vs. TBA
Nov. 24 – Binghamton
Nov. 26 – Temple
Dec. 1 – Wyoming
Dec. 4 – at Winthrop
Dec. 8 – North Carolina Central
Dec. 15 – at Austin Peay
Dec. 19 – North Carolina A&T
Dec. 21 – Youngstown State
Dec. 29 – UIC
Jan. 2 – at Dayton
Feb. 16 – ESPN BracketBusters (TBA opponent)
Where are the swing games against Big East opponents like Cincinnati, Marquette, West Virginia or Providence? How about a Big Ten road opponent like Purdue, Michigan or Illinois? These are the teams that look favorable to the tournament committees, not South Carolina Upstate, Binghamton and North Carolina A&T. None of the teams on the Zips schedule were listed in the top 100 of last season's RPI.
So when Keith Dambrot holds a press conference the Monday after all the postseason berths are handed out and he pulls the "we wuz robbed" card from the bottom of the deck, kindly tune him out. I know I will.