2011–12 Akron Zips men's basketball team

The 2011–12 Akron Zips men's basketball team represented the University of Akron during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Zips, led by eighth year head coach Keith Dambrot, played their home games at James A. Rhodes Arena and were members of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. The Zips finished the season 22–12, 13–3 in MAC play to finish as East Division champions and overall regular season champions. Akron failed to win the MAC Tournament losing in the championship game to Ohio. As regular season champions, the Zips received an automatic bid into the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to Northwestern.

2011–12 Akron Zips men's basketball
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MAC East Division Champions
MAC Regular Season Champions
NIT, First Round
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast Division
2011–12 record22–12 (13–3 MAC)
Head coachKeith Dambrot (8th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaJames A. Rhodes Arena
Seasons
2011–12 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Akron 13 3   .813     22 12   .647
Buffalo 12 4   .750     20 11   .645
Ohio 11 5   .688     29 8   .784
Kent State 10 6   .625     21 12   .636
Bowling Green 9 7   .563     16 16   .500
Miami 5 11   .313     9 21   .300
West
Eastern Michigan 9 7   .563     14 18   .438
Toledo 7 9   .438     19 17   .528
Western Michigan 6 10   .375     14 20   .412
Ball State 6 10   .375     15 15   .500
Central Michigan 5 11   .313     11 21   .344
Northern Illinois 3 13   .188     5 26   .161
2012 MAC Tournament winner
As of March 23, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

RosterEdit

Number Name Position Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Demetrius Treadwell Forward 6–7 225 Sophomore Euclid, Ohio
2 Brian Walsh Guard 6–5 200 Junior Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
3 Luke Avsec Guard 5–10 180 Sophomore Cleveland, Ohio
4 Deji Ibitayo Guard 6–3 205 Freshman Country Club Hills, Illinois
5 Brett McClanahan Guard 6–4 206 Senior Nitro, West Virginia
10 Nick Harney Forward 6–7 210 Sophomore Cleveland, Ohio
11 Alex Abreu Guard 5–10 175 Sophomore Bayamón, Puerto Rico
12 Kyle Petersen Guard 6–4 190 Senior Naples, Florida
13 Nikola Cvetinović Forward 6–8 230 Senior Loznica, Serbia
14 Blake Justice Guard 6–3 195 Freshman Peebles, Ohio
15 C.J. Oldham Forward 6–5 190 Sophomore Solon, Ohio
22 Quincy Diggs Forward 6–6 215 Junior Wichita, Kansas
23 Chauncey Gilliam Forward 6–5 230 Junior Columbia, Maryland
33 Josh Egner Forward 6–7 215 Sophomore Massillon, Ohio
44 Zeke Marshall Center 7–0 235 Junior McKeesport, Pennsylvania

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/03/2011*
7:00 PM
John Carroll W 84–62 
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,734)
Akron, OH
Regular season
11/09/2011*
6:00 PM, ESPNU
at Mississippi State
2K Sports Classic
W 68–58  1–0
Humphrey Coliseum (6,897)
Starkville, MS
11/12/2011*
7:00 PM
Hiram
2K Sports Classic
W 95–65  2–0
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,292)
Akron, OH
11/18/2011*
7:30 PM
at Valparaiso
2K Sports Classic
L 59–62  2–1
Athletics–Recreation Center (3,876)
Valparaiso, IN
11/19/2011*
5:00 PM
vs. Duquesne
2K Sports Classic
L 76–81  2–2
Athletics–Recreation Center (2,244)
Valparaiso, IN
11/26/2011*
7:00 PM
Detroit W 81–63  3–2
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,585)
Akron, OH
11/28/2011*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
at West Virginia L 56–77  3–3
WVU Coliseum (7,334)
Morgantown, WV
12/04/2011*
2:00 PM
at Middle Tennessee L 53–77  3–4
Murphy Center (3,298)
Murfreesboro, TN
12/10/2011*
2:00 PM
at Cleveland State L 66–69  3–5
Wolstein Center (4,739)
Cleveland, OH
12/15/2011*
7:00 PM
Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 87–64  4–5
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,073)
Akron, OH
12/17/2011*
4:00 PM
Florida A&M W 91–69  5–5
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,425)
Akron, OH
12/19/2011*
8:00 PM
Youngstown State W 88–62  6–5
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,408)
Akron, OH
12/21/2011*
7:00 PM
North Carolina A&T W 79–52  7–5
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,909)
Akron, OH
12/29/2011*
7:00 PM
VCU L 75–76 OT 7–6
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,993)
Akron, OH
01/01/2012*
5:00 PM
at Marshall W 67–51  8–6
Cam Henderson Center (6,063)
Huntington, WV
01/07/2012
7:00 PM, ONN
at Miami (OH) W 65–60  9–6
(1–0))
Millett Hall (1,513)
Oxford, OH
01/11/2012
7:00 PM
at Bowling Green W 56–55  10–6
(2–0)
Stroh Center (2,263)
Bowling Green, OH
01/14/2012
4:00 PM, ESPNU
Ohio W 68–63  11–6
(3–0)
James A. Rhodes Arena (4,661)
Akron, OH
01/18/2012
7:00 PM, TWCSN
at Buffalo L 70–82  11–7
(3–1)
Alumni Arena (5,924)
Amherst, NY
01/21/2012
6:00 PM, STO
Kent State W 84–75  12–7
(4–1)
James A. Rhodes Arena (5,252)
Akron, OH
01/24/2012
7:00 PM, STO
at Ball State W 70–58  13–7
(5–1)
John E. Worthen Arena (3,757)
Muncie, IN
01/28/2012
7:00 PM
at Central Michigan W 74–64  14–7
(6–1)
McGuirk Arena (1,787)
Mount Pleasant, MI
02/01/2012
7:00 PM, STO
Toledo W 86–72  15–7
(7–1)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,037)
Akron, OH
02/04/2012
7:30 PM
Eastern Michigan W 77–47  16–7
(8–1)
James A. Rhodes Arena (4,234)
Akron, OH
02/08/2012
7:00 PM, STO
at Western Michigan W 69–66 OT 17–7
(9–1)
University Arena (2,416)
Kalamazoo, MI
02/11/2012
7:30 PM
Northern Illinois W 75–51  18–7
(10–1)
James A. Rhodes Arena (4,378)
Akron, OH
02/15/2012
7:00 PM
Miami (OH) W 74–59  19–7
(11–1)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,237)
Akron, OH
02/18/2012*
2:00 PM, ESPN2
at Oral Roberts
ESPN BracketBusters
L 61–67  19–8
Mabee Center (7,745)
Tulsa, OK
02/22/2012
7:00 PM
at Bowling Green W 79–68  20–8
(12–1)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,234)
Akron, OH
02/25/2012
8:00 PM, ESPNU
at Ohio L 61–85  20–9
(12–2)
Convocation Center (8,018)
Athens, OH
02/29/2012
7:00 PM
Buffalo L 70–74  20–10
(12–3)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,875)
Akron, OH
03/02/2012
7:00 PM, ESPN2
at Kent State W 61–55  21–10
(13–3)
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (6,335)
Kent, OH
MAC Tournament
03/09/2012
7:00 PM, STO
(1) vs. (4) Kent State
Semifinals
W 78–74  22–10
Quicken Loans Arena (8,513)
Cleveland, OH
03/10/2012
8:00 PM, ESPN2
(1) vs. (3) Ohio
Championship
L 63–64  22–11
Quicken Loans Arena (10,301)
Cleveland, OH
NIT
03/13/2012*
9:00 PM, ESPN2
at Northwestern
First round
L 74–76  22–12
Welsh-Ryan Arena (2,319)
Evanston, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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