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Ohio senior Miles Brown, 2, jumps to block a pass from Western Michigan sophomore, Owen Lobsinger, 20, during the game at the Convo on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.

Men's Basketball: Everything to know about Akron

After a tough start to Mid-American Conference play, Ohio’s schedule eased up with a pair of home games against struggling teams.

That changes this weekend, however, as Ohio travels to Akron to face a familiar foe in former Ohio head coach John Groce, whose Zips are now tied with Kent State for first place in the MAC at 6-1.

Here is everything you need to know about Saturday’s opponent:

Game Information

Opponent: Akron

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: James A. Rhodes Arena

How to watch: ESPN3

How to listen: The Varsity Network

Follow live stats here

Meet the Opponent

Head Coach: John Groce (sixth season)

Probable starters

02 Greg Tribble

04 Trendon Hankerson

11 Sammy Hunter

13 Xavier Castaneda

25 Enrique Freeman

Statistical leaders

Points: Castaneda (20.6)

Rebounds: Freeman (10.6)

Assists: Castaneda (3.2)

Blocks: Freeman (22)

Steals: Castaneda (20)

Field goal percentage: Freeman (58%)

3-point percentage: Castaneda (38.3%)

Free throw percentage: Castaneda (81.8%)

Series History

Ohio is 4-6 against Akron since Groce took the job, and the series has been pretty even since Akron took nine of 11 matchups between 2013 and 2017.

The two teams split their matchups last season, with both winning on the road. Before that, the Bobcats had only defeated the Zips in Akron once since 2014.

Player to watch

Enrique Freeman - After a slow start to his Akron career, Freeman had a breakout 2020-21 season and has since become one of the MAC’s best players. The reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Year is currently the only player in the conference averaging more than 10 rebounds, and he will likely play a major role in guarding Dwight Wilson III.


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