8:00 PM ET, March 14, 2009
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Freshman guard Hitchens sparks Akron to its first NCAA tourney berth since 1986
CLEVELAND -- Nate Linhart snipped the last strands of net off the rim and slipped the nylon necklace over his head.This was the elusive moment he dreamed of.On its third try, Akron finally got it right.
• The Zips had lost in the finals each of the last two years, but Saturday captured their first MAC tournament title and became the lowest seed ever to win the MAC (No. 5 seed).
• Akron had won four games in the month leading up to the MAC tournament, but won four straight to get the automatic bid.
• No MAC team has won an NCAA tournament game since Central Michigan in 2003.
• Buffalo made only 3 of 16 3-point field goals.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-38 (.553)||18-49 (.367)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-14 (.571)||3-16 (.188)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-27 (.556)||14-23 (.609)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||23 (0/0)||21 (0/0)|