2015–16 Akron Zips men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Akron Zips men's basketball team represented the University of Akron during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Zips, led by 12th year head coach Keith Dambrot, played their home games at the James A. Rhodes Arena as members of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. Akron finished the season 26–9, 13–5 record in conference, winning the East Division title as well as the overall regular season MAC championship. The Zips advanced to the championship of the MAC Tournament where they lost to Buffalo. As a regular season conference champion who failed to win their conference title, they received an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost to Ohio State in the first round.

2015–16 Akron Zips men's basketball
Akron Zips logo.svg
South Point Holiday Hoops Classic champions
MAC East Division Champions
MAC Regular Season Champions
NIT, First round
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast Division
2015–16 record26–9 (13–5 MAC)
Head coachKeith Dambrot (12th season)
Assistant coachRick McFadden
Charles Thomas
Terry Weigand
Home arenaJames A. Rhodes Arena
Seasons
2015–16 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Akron 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
Ohio 11 7   .611     23 12   .657
Kent State 10 8   .556     19 13   .594
Buffalo 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
Miami (OH) 6 12   .333     13 20   .394
Bowling Green 5 13   .278     16 18   .471
West
Ball State 10 8   .556     21 14   .600
Central Michigan 10 8   .556     17 16   .515
Northern Illinois 9 9   .500     21 13   .618
Eastern Michigan 9 9   .500     18 15   .545
Toledo 8 10   .444     17 15   .531
Western Michigan 7 11   .389     13 19   .406
2016 MAC Tournament winner

Previous seasonEdit

The Zips finished the 2014–15 season with a 21–14 record, 9–9 in MAC play to finish in fourth place in the East Division. They advanced to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament where they lost to Buffalo.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Demetrius Treadwell 1 F 6'7" 236 Senior Euclid, OH Graduated
Nyles Evans 3 G 5'11" 160 Senior North Canton, OH Graduated
Deji Ibitayo 4 G 6'4" 200 Senior Chicago, IL Graduated
B. J. Gladden 5 G/F 6'6" 214 Sophomore Charlotte, NC Transferred to Eastern Florida State College

Incoming TransfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Craig Eubanks G 6'4" 190 Junior Cleveland, OH Junior college transferred from Missouri State University–West Plains.

Recruiting class of 2015Edit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Josh Williams
SG
Akron, OH St. Vincent-St. Mary High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Aug 7, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Peter Agba
PF
Greensboro, NC Greensboro Day School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) N/A Sep 22, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Emmanuel Olojakpoke
PF
Houston, TX Cypress Springs High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Daniel Utomi
PF
Houston, TX Westside High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) N/A Apr 9, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 18, 2015.

Recruiting class of 2016Edit

RosterEdit

2015–16 Akron Zips men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Jimond Ivey 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Glenville HS/Ginn Academy Cleveland, OH
G 1 Josh Williams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr St. Vincent-St. Mary High School HS Akron, OH
F 2 Kwan Cheatham, Jr. 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Winton Woods HS Cincinnati, OH
G/F 3 Daniel Utomi 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Westside HS Houston, TX
G 11 Aaron Jackson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS So Lincoln HS Gahanna, OH
G 14 Noah Robotham 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Bishop Gorman Las Vegas, NV
G/F 15 Jake Kretzer 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 216 lb (98 kg) Sr Waverly HS Bainbridge, OH
F 21 Reggie McAdams 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Sr Elida HS Elida, OH
F 22 Emmanuel Olojakpoke 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Cypress Springs HS Houston, TX
C 23 Isaiah Johnson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 295 lb (134 kg) Jr Walnut Hills HS Cincinnati, OH
C 34 Pat Forsythe 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Sr Brunswick HS
West Virginia
Brunswick, OH
F 42 Peter Agba 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Greensboro Day School Greensboro, NC
G 55 Antino Jackson 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Cypress Springs HS Houston, TX
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Source: [1]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/05/2015*
7:00 PM
Malone W 113–69 
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,088)
Akron, OH
Non-conference games
11/14/2015*
9:00 PM
vs. Cleveland State
Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off
W 65–53  1–0
MAC Center (5,471)
Kent, OH
11/16/2015*
7:00 PM
Hiram W 100–30  2–0
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,638)
Akron, OH
11/18/2015*
8:00 PM, SECN
at Arkansas
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 88–80  3–0
Bud Walton Arena (14,041)
Fayetteville, AR
11/22/2015*
4:30 PM, FS1
at No. 11 Villanova
NIT Season Tip-Off
L 56–75  3–1
The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
11/24/2015*
8:00 PM, ESPN3
at Green Bay
NIT Season Tip-Off
L 63–66  3–2
Resch Center (2,230)
Green Bay, WI
11/27/2015*
7:00 PM
Charleston Southern
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 82–58  4–2
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,469)
Akron, OH
12/02/2015*
8:00 PM
Coppin State W 77–71  5–2
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,903)
Akron, OH
12/04/2015*
7:00 PM
at Marshall W 75–65  6–2
Cam Henderson Center (4,631)
Huntington, WV
12/12/2015*
7:00 PM
Bethune-Cookman W 81–60  7–2
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,828)
Akron, OH
12/21/2015*
3:00 PM
vs. UC Santa Barbara
South Point Holiday Hoops Classic
W 84–70  8–2
South Point Arena (250)
Enterprise, NV
12/23/2015*
3:00 PM
vs. Iona
South Point Holiday Hoops Classic
W 78–64  9–2
South Point Arena (225)
Enterprise, NV
12/30/2015*
7:00 PM
South Carolina State W 78–68  10–2
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,741)
Akron, OH
01/02/2016*
7:00 PM
Lipscomb W 80–73  11–2
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,652)
Akron, OH
MAC regular season
01/05/2016
7:00 PM, ASN
at Buffalo W 75–71  12–2
(1–0)
Alumni Arena (2,226)
Amherst, NY
01/08/2016
7:00 PM, ESPNU
Western Michigan W 62–53  13–2
(2–0)
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,642)
Akron, OH
01/12/2016
7:00 PM
at Central Michigan L 81–92  13–3
(2–1)
McGuirk Arena (2,260)
Mount Pleasant, MI
01/15/2016
7:00 PM, CBSSN
at Toledo L 64–78  13–4
(2–2)
Savage Arena (5,130)
Toledo, OH
01/19/2016
7:00 PM
Eastern Michigan W 92–88  14–4
(3–2)
James A. Rhodes Arena (2,839)
Akron, OH
01/23/2016
7:00 PM
Miami (OH) W 75–46  15–4
(4–2)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,686)
Akron, OH
01/26/2016
7:00 PM
Northern Illinois W 76–66  16–4
(5–2)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,205)
Akron, OH
01/30/2016
1:00 PM
at Ball State W 73–64  17–6
(6–2)
John E. Worthen Arena (3,021)
Muncie, IN
02/02/2016
7:00 PM, TWCSC
at Ohio W 80–68  18–4
(7–2)
Convocation Center (6,403)
Athens, OH
02/06/2016
Central Michigan W 92–87  19–4
(8–2)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,829)
Akron, OH
02/09/2016
7:00 pm
at Bowling Green W 83–68  20–4
(8–2)
Stroh Center (1,554)
Bowling Green, OH
02/13/2016
4:45 pm, ESPN3
at Northern Illinois L 79–80  20–5
(9–3)
Convocation Center (3,457)
DeKalb, IL
02/16/2016
7:00 pm
Buffalo W 80–70  21–5
(10–3)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,069)
Akron, OH
02/19/2016
6:00 PM, ESPNU
at Kent State
Wagon Wheel Challenge
L 76–85  21–6
(10–4)
MAC Center (6,327)
Kent, OH
02/23/2016
7:00 PM, ASN
at Miami (OH) L 64–77  21–7
(10–5)
Millett Hall (1,371)
Oxford, OH
02/25/2016
Bowling Green W 78–54  22–7
(11–5)
James A. Rhodes Arena (4,284)
Akron, OH
03/01/2016
8:00 PM, ASN
Ohio W 91–76  23–7
(12–5)
James A. Rhodes Arena (4,192)
Akron, OH
03/04/2016
7:00 PM, ESPN2
Kent State W 74–60  24–7
(13–5)
James A. Rhodes Arena (5,301)
Akron, OH
MAC Tournament
03/10/2016
12:00 PM, TWCSC/ESPN3
vs. Eastern Michigan
Quarterfinals
W 65–63  25–7
Quicken Loans Arena (2,217)
Cleveland, OH
03/11/2016
9:00 PM, TWCSC/ESPN3
vs. Bowling Green
Semifinals
W 80–66  26–7
Quicken Loans Arena (6,427)
Cleveland, OH
03/12/2016
7:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. Buffalo
Championship game
L 61–64  26–8
Quicken Loans Arena (6,719)
Cleveland, OH
NIT
03/15/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPN
(6) at (3) Ohio State
First round – Monmouth Bracket
L 63–72 OT 26–9
Value City Arena (4,698)
Columbus, OH
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern.

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