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Originally published March 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM | Page modified March 18, 2009 at 7:28 PM

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Gonzaga vs. Akron

Scouting Gonzaga's first-round matchup

4:25 p.m. Thursday in Portland

TV: Channel 7.

Records: Gonzaga is 26-5 overall and won the West Coast Conference with a 14-0 record, capped by a WCC tournament victory. Akron is 23-12 overall, having won the Mid-American Conference tournament with a 65-53 triumph over Buffalo. In the regular season, it finished in a four-way tie in the MAC East with a 10-5 mark.

Bulldogs
Player Ht Yr ppg
F Austin Daye 6-10 So. 12.9
F Micah Downs 6-8 Sr. 9.2
C Josh Heytvelt 6-11 Sr. 14.9
G Matt Bouldin 6-5 Jr. 13.7
G Jeremy Pargo 6-1 Sr. 9.8
Zips
Player Ht Yr ppg
F Chris McKnight 6-7 Jr. 9.2
F N. Cvetinovich 6-8 Fr. 4.4
C Nate Linhart 6-8 Sr. 10.1
G A. Hitchens 5-9 Fr. 8.9
G Darryl Roberts 6-0 Jr. 8.0
About Akron

Seed: 13

RPI: 99

Vs. Gonzaga: The teams have never met.

Common opponents: None.

Coach: Keith Dambrot (5th year at Akron, 115-50).

Local connections: None.

Noteworthy

• This is Akron's second trip to the NCAA tournament; the first was in 1986, when it was coached by Bob Huggins, the longtime Cincinnati coach now at West Virginia.

• The Zips beat Toledo 93-92 in overtime in the first round of the MAC tournament, but averaged 67 points in three other tournament games.

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• Dambrot, an Akron grad who had an unsuccessful two-year stint at Central Michigan (20-34) in the early 1990s, coached LeBron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary High in Akron in 2000-01 before taking an assistant's job with the Zips.

• Akron doesn't knock you over statistically, shooting .419 from the field and .329 from three-point range, with a .89 assist-turnover ratio. The Zips shoot the three with abandon — they fired 753 overall and launched 37 against Toledo in the MAC tournament — and they defend it well, at .289 for the year.

• Linhart, reserve forward and leading scorer Brett McKnight and sub guard Steve McNees were named to the all-MAC tournament team.

Bud Withers

Zags schedule
83 Montana St.-Billings 52
80 Idaho 46
83 Oklahoma St.-x 71
81 at Maryland-x 59
83 at Tennessee-x 74
70 at Indiana 54
74 at Washington St. 52
64 at Arizona 69
84 Texas Southern 42
83 Connecticut, OT 88
70 Portland St. 77
65 at Utah 66
89 at Tennessee, OT 79
67 Portland 50
95 Santa Clara 53
85 San Francisco 50
83 at Pepperdine 69
93 at Loyola Marymount 60
69 Saint Mary's, Calif. 62
64 San Diego 47
93 at Portland 78
50 Memphis 68
72 at Saint Mary's, Calif. 70
78 at San Francisco 73
91 Loyola Marymount 54
92 Pepperdine 58
81 at Santa Clara 73
58 at San Diego 47
90 S.C.-Upstate 40
94 Santa Clara-y 59
83 Saint Mary's, Calif.-y 58
x-Old Spice Classic
y-West Coast Conference
Zips schedule
56 Canisius 46
72 Winthrop 58
67 at Pittsburgh 86
81 Urbana 31
57 at E. Kentucky 69
85 at Fairleigh Dickinson 41
63 at Niagara 59
50 Dayton 54
78 N. Carolina A&T 61
69 at Va. Commonwealth 73
77 St. Francis, NY 70
75 at UNC Greensboro 53
50 at Rhode Island 79
51 at Miami (Ohio), OT 64
61 Buffalo 63
62 at Bowling Green 52
65 at Ohio, OT 70
68 Kent St. 54
67 at Youngstown St. 53
70 at Toledo 61
64 Cent. Michigan 43
78 at E. Michigan 41
87 W. Michigan 63
63 Ball St. 55
79 at N. Illinois 83
53 Miami (Ohio) 44
66 at Valparaiso 74
62 at Buffalo 57
46 Bowling Green 50
60 Ohio 51
63 at Kent St. 67
93 Toledo, OT-x 92
73 Miami (Ohio)-x 63
63 Bowling Green-x 55
65 Buffalo-x 53
x-Mid-American Conference

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