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Men's Basketball: What to know ahead of Ohio's matchup with Akron

Ohio (9-9, 3-3 Mid-American Conference) will be looking to be the first MAC team to take down Akron (14-4, 6-0 MAC) when it heads to James A. Rhodes Arena on Tuesday. Not only will Ohio try to hand Akron its first in-conference loss, but it will also look to be the first team to beat Akron at its home arena. 

Ohio will enter the matchup having won back-to-back games against Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. 

Here is all you need to know for the matchup:

Game Information:

Opponent: Akron 

Location: James A. Rhodes Arena, (Akron, Ohio)

Time: Tuesday, 7 p.m. 

How to Watch: ESPN+

Follow live stats here 

Meet the Opponent

Head Coach: John Groce (seventh season) 

Probable Starters

#3 Kaleb Thornton

#11 Sammy Hunter  

#22 Mikal Dawson 

# 24 Ali Ali 

#25 Enrique Freeman 

Statistical Leaders for Akron 

Points: Freeman (18.6 per game)

Assists: Thornton (3 per game)

Steals: Nate Johnson (1.1 per game)

Rebounds: Freeman (13 per game)

Field Goal Percentage: Freeman (59%)

3-Point Percentage: Johnson (44%)

Free Throw Percentage: Hunter (86%)


Historically, Ohio has had a fair amount of trouble defeating Akron; however, it was Ohio coming out on top in the most recent matchup in 2023. 

The Zips lead the all-time series 28-19 and have won 6 of the last 10 against the Bobcats. 

Player to Watch (Akron)

Enrique Freeman - Freeman has been Akron’s leading scorer all season and is currently ranked among the top 5 scorers in the MAC. During last year’s matchup with Ohio, Freeman scored 32 points in the game despite the loss. To win, Ohio needs to find a way to contain Freeman’s prolific scoring. 


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