The Akron Zips men's and women's basketball teams are getting ready for the 2015-16 season with the expectation of being competitive in the MAC.
The teams held their annual Media Day on the campus of the University of Akron inside the Student Union.
Men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot said his team is capable of playing with anyone in the country.
"We've got an experienced team, we shoot the ball well, and we're big and strong, so I have high expectations," Dambrot said.
Akron returns four starters from last year's 21-14 campaign including seniors Pat Forsythe, Jake Kretzer, and Reggie McAdams.
On the women's side, Jodi Kest has her team prepared for the grind that is the regular season in the MAC. Her key players include seniors Anita Brown, Megan Barilla, and DiAndra Gibson, along with junior Hannah Plybon.
Kest says the program is making serious strides, and it all starts with working hard on the practice floor and studying the game.
"I think we have very good players," she says. "We don't have great size, and that scares me, so we have to stay healthy and outwork teams."
The Zips' women's basketball team is coming off a 22-9 season in 2014-15 and an appearance in the WNIT.