Akron faces Miami in MAC tourney
No. 9 seed Miami (15-16, 7-11) vs. No. 8 seed Akron (16-15, 8-10)
Mid-American Conference Tourney First Round, James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Miami and Akron are set to do battle in the first round of the MAC tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last went at it on Feb. 23, when the Zips outshot Miami 47.1 percent to 32.8 percent and made seven more 3-pointers en route to the 12-point victory.
VETERAN LEADERSHIP: Miami’s Nike Sibande, Dalonte Brown and Darrian Ringo have collectively accounted for 49 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 46 percent of all RedHawks points over the last five games.
SOLID SIBANDE: Sibande has connected on 32.7 percent of the 220 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 10 of 37 over his last five games. He’s also made 69.7 percent of his foul shots this season.
SLIPPING AT 72: Akron is 0-9 this year when it allows 72 points or more and 16-6 when holding opponents to fewer than 72.
PERFECT WHEN: Miami is a perfect 10-0 when it holds an opponent to 65 points or fewer. The RedHawks are 5-16 when opponents score more than 65.
STIFLING DEFENSE: Akron has held opposing teams to 63.7 points per game, the lowest figure among all MAC teams.