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Men's Basketball: Akron scouting report and how to watch

Ohio is staring down the first major test in its Mid-American Conference schedule. On Tuesday, it’ll travel to face Akron in James A. Rhodes Arena.

The Bobcats (10-2, 1-0 MAC) are fresh off of a win over Western Michigan during which neither team shot above 40% from the field. Ohio played solid defense, but that alone won’t cut it against Akron. 

The Zips (8-3, 1-0 MAC) aren’t a struggling team like the Broncos. They’re on a six-game winning streak and allow the fewest points per game in the conference. Over their last six games, the Zips average 77.2 points per game and are shooting 47.7% from the field.

Here’s what you need to know about the Zips ahead of Tuesday’s matchup:

Game information

Opponent: Akron

Venue: James A. Rhodes Arena

Time: 6 p.m.

Watch: CBS Sports Network

Listen: Ohio IMG Sports Network

Live stats: Live stats are provided here.

Meet the opponent

Probable starters

02 Greg Tribble (6-foot-1, 195 pounds)

04 Bryan Trimble Jr. (6-foot-2, 203 pounds)

13 Xavier Castaneda (6-foot-1, 188 pounds)

24 Ali Ali (6-foot-8, 196 pounds)

25 Enrique Freeman (6-foot-7, 206 pounds)

Individual statistical leaders

Points: Ali (14.5 points per game)

Rebounds: Freeman (11.2 rebounds per game)

Assists: Ali (2.7 assists per game)

Field goal percentage: Sekou Kalle (85.7%)

3-point percentage: Ali (45.7%)

Free throw percentage: Castaneda (87.5%)

Team statistical profile

Points per game: 74.4

Rebounds per game: 38.3

Assists per game: 12.6

Turnovers per game: 12.4

Field goal percentage: 45.9%

3-point percentage: 35.5%

Free throw percentage: 65.5%

The series

Akron leads the all-time series 45-41. Although Ohio won the most recent matchup on Feb. 23, 2021, Akron has dominated the series over the past decade. Ohio is 8-15 against Akron since the 2011-12 season, and it has won just two games in James A. Rhodes Arena over that span. Coach Jeff Boals is 1-3 against the Zips during his time with the Bobcats.

Player to watch

Freeman — While lagging behind Ali, Freeman is still the Zips’ second-best scorer with 12.7 points per game. Through 11 games, the forward is shooting 65.5% from the field and leads the MAC in rebounding.

Freeman is also fresh off of a strong performance against Buffalo on Saturday. The sophomore notched 14 points and 10 rebounds in Akron’s first conference game. 

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