The University of Akron has hired its new men's basketball coach.

John Groce is the new man in charge of the Zips, as he replaces the departed Keith Dambrot, who left to coach Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

George Thomas from the Akron Beacon Journal spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday to talk about the hire.  Groce comes from the University of Illinois where he coached from 2012-17.

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Friday, 31 March 2017 16:23

AUDIO Clark Kellogg Talking Final Four

Clark Kellogg from CBS Sports joined Sam and Brad on Friday to talk about the upcoming Final Four.

 

Clark also discussed the four teams and their shot to play for a national championship.

 

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 15:16

AUDIO Michael DeCourcy Discusses Final Four

College Basketball Writer Michael DeCourcy of the Sporting News spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about the "fresh blood" in the Final Four this coming weekend.

 

The full interview can be heard below.

This year's Final Four are Oregon, Gonzaga, North Carolina, and South Carolina. 

 

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Friday, 17 March 2017 17:54

AUDIO UA, Dambrot Ready For Mavericks

University of Akron Zips head basketball coach Keith Dambrot spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the win over Houston in the first round of the NIT.

The Zips will play the Mavericks of UT Arlington on Monday at 8pm in Texas.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:50

KSU Hosting NCAA Watch Party Friday

For the first time since 2008, the Golden Flashes are dancin'! 

As a 14-seed, Kent State men's basketball team drew a first round match-up with number 3 seed UCLA. They're playing in the South bracket, which for some reason is playing their games out in California. 

The Golden Flashes and the Bruins tipoff at 9:57 p.m. EST, Friday night. While a few from the local fan base were able to make the trip to Sacramento for the first round game, the majority were not able to. 

With that in mind, Kent State University is hosting an official "watch party" on campus. The official "Hoopin' at the Hub" watch party will be held at the KSU Student Center and will feature giveaways, music, and of course cheering on the Flashes in round 1 of the tournamnet. 

The University says multiple big screens will be set up around the Student Center and there will be plenty of room for everyone to comforatably watch. 

 

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Former Indiana University and Bowling Green head basketball coach Dan Dakich joined the Sam and Brad Show on Monday to talk about the upcoming Big 10 Tournament as well as the upcoming NCAA Tournament as a whole, in addition to the MAC Conference.

  

 Dakich is currently an analyst for ESPN and hosts his own radio show at 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis.

For the full interview, listen below.

 

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:07

AUDIO Kent State, Akron Ready For Rivalry Game

Rob Senderoff, coach of the Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday ahead of the game Friday between KSU and the University of Akron.

Tomorrow's game is sold out at Akron's James A. Rhodes Arena and can be seen on the ESPN family of networks.

The Flashes are 14-12 overall and 6-7 in the MAC. 

 

University of Akron head basketball coach Keith Dambrot also spoke with Sam and Brad as well to offer his take on tomorrow's contest.

 

 The Zips are 22-4 overall and 12-1 in the MAC.

 

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Monday, 13 February 2017 10:18

Akron, Kent State Rivalry Comically Renewed

Neighboring University of Akron and Kent State University have been rivals in the Mid-American Conference for some time now.

Well, ahead of their matchup on the basketball court on February 17th, the colleges are teaming up for a funny TV campaign to renew that rivalry in the friendliest of ways. 

They've released two new local TV spots (see below) featuring mascots "Zippy" the kangaroo from Akron and "Flash" the Golden Eagle for Kent State, and their one-time "sizzling romance" as the press release puts it. 

 

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:16

AUDIO Dambrot's Zips Keep Rolling

Coach Keith Dambrot from the University of Akron Zips spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about last night's win over Ohio University and preview the Friday matchup with Eastern Michigan.

 

For the full interview, click here. 

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 17:41

AUDIO Dambrot Talks 2016-17 UA Hoops

As the 2016-17 approaches the University of Akron Zips will look to get back to the NCAA Tournament and the MAC Championship with their blend of young talent and experienced veterans.

Keith Dambrot, the head coach of the men's team at Akron joined Sam Bourquin Thursday to discuss the team heading into their opener with Youngstown State in the Coaches vs Cancer event on Saturday.

 

For the full interview, click here.

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