2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
27-9, 1st in MAC E

John Groce w/ Dave Skoczen

New Akron head men's basketball coach John Groce joins Dave Skoczen on ESPN Cleveland Tonight to talk about taking over for Keith Dambrot and returning to the MAC.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Akron will announce former Illinois coach John Groce as its replacement for Keith Dambrot to be its next men's basketball coach Wednesday, a source with direct knowledge told ESPN. Dambrot left Akron to be the head coach at Duquesne. Groce led Ohio, also a member of the Mid-American Conference, to the Sweet 16 in 2012 after four seasons with the Bobcats.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Only 10 job openings remain: Akron, Alabama A&M, Chattanooga, Coppin State, Florida A&M, Furman, Grambling, Georgetown, LIU-Brooklyn, Portland State.

UT-Arlington gets a tech for heartwarming moment (1:43)

Johnson leads Akron to 78-75 NIT win over Houston

Isaiah Johnson scored 21 points and Noah Robotham made four free throws in the final 18 seconds to send Akron to a 78-75 victory over Houston on Wednesday night in a first-round NIT game, setting

Kent State holds on, takes MAC crown (0:48)

Keith Dambrot w/ Munch

Akron Mens Basketball coach, Keith Dambrot joins Munch to preview the 2017 MAC Tournament. They talk about the Zips season and big man, Isaiah Johnson.

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64dEamonn Brennan

Bubble Watch: St. Mary's nearing a lock, Akron out

Saint Mary's should be a lock to make the tourney. Middle Tennessee, Illinois State, UT Arlington and Wichita State have some work left to do. Meanwhile, farewell to Akron, a long shot without a single top-100 win that fell at home to Kent State on Friday.


Watch: Can Akron clinch MAC title?

The backyard rivals will meet twice in 15 days beginning with Friday night's meeting at Rhodes Arena, where the Zips have won 30 straight games. Kent State has won three of its last four road games. (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU/WatchESPN)

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71dEamonn Brennan

Bubble Watch: Other at-large contenders

Gonzaga remains a lock, and Saint Mary's should be in. Illinois State, Middle Tennessee, Akron, UT-Arlington and Wichita State still have work left to do, while UNC Wilmington has dropped out.

A night of wild finishes from the hardwood (1:44)

Team Stats

Points Per Game77.0Tied-88th
Rebounds Per Game34.6241st
Assists Per Game14.4112th
Points Allowed70.8Tied-135th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record0-4
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances4