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Columbia guard Maodo Lo, right, steals the ball from Northwestern forward Aaron Falzon, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Evanston, Ill.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Ivy League’s best meet in New Haven

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Columbia at Yale, 5:00 p.m.

The two best teams in the Ivy League, with matching 4-0 league records, meet for the first time this season. The Lions were close to suffering their first loss last weekend, but an Alex Rosenberg jumper as time expired gave the Lions the win at reigning champion Harvard. Rosenberg’s one of four players averaging at least 12.2 points per game for Kyle Smith’s team, with senior guard Maodo Lo leading the way at 15.8 per contest.

They’ll face a Yale rotation led offensively by point guard Makai Mason (15.7 ppg, 4.1 apg), and the front court tandem of Justin Sears and Brandon Sherrod has been outstanding. The winner get a leg up in the Ivy race, with the rematch scheduled for March 5 in New York City (regular season finale).

THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: Central Michigan at Akron, 8:00 p.m.

Two of the top teams in the Mid-American Conference meet at the JAR, as Akron looks to extend its win streak to six straight. The Zips’ balanced offensive attack has been led by forward Isaiah Johnson (12.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg), who currently leads the team in both scoring and rebounding. As for the visiting Chippewas, guards Braylon Rayson and Chris Fowler combine to average 32.7 points per game, with Fowler also responsible for a MAC-best 6.3 assists per contest. CMU’s had some struggles on the defensive glass in league play, ranking 11th in that category, but they’ve done a better job defensively than they did in non-conference play.


  • MAAC leader Monmouth is back in action, as they host a Fairfield team led by one of the conference’s best players in senior forward Marcus Gilbert. The Hawks have a deep lineup led by junior guard Justin Robinson, who at this point in time is the likely frontrunner for MAAC Player of the Year honors.
  • Looking to catch Monmouth is Iona, which is a game behind the Hawks at 9-3. A.J. English and the Gaels visit Canisius in a matchup that should not lack for offense. Iona’s more inclined to run, but Canisius doesn’t lack scorers either with guard Malcolm McMillan leading four players averaging double figures.
  • Given the fact that they’re 1-3 in Ivy League play, Harvard’s essentially in the spoiler role unless some chaos breaks out at the top end of the standings. The Crimson can help in that regard with a win at Princeton, with the Tigers (2-1) a game behind Columbia and Yale in the loss column. Princeton’s been the better offensive team this season, thanks in large part to junior forward Henry Caruso who leads the team in both scoring and rebounding.


Akron to play second-annual ‘Purple Out’ in purple uniforms to help raise pancreatic cancer awareness

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Akron and Ball State will take the floor for a special cause on Tuesday night as the MAC schools participate in the second-annual “Purple Out” game to help raise pancreatic cancer awareness.

The event, in conjunction with the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend, will honor the late Dan Peters, a former Division I assistant and head coach who was Akron’s director of basketball operations. The 60-year-old Peters passed away last October after battling pancreatic cancer. The color purple, and the white ribbon, represent pancreatic cancer awareness.

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Ball State is an appropriate opponent for this game since Peters’ son, Danny, is an assistant coach with the Cardinals. The Peters Family, including Danny, his brother, Michael, and his mother, Nancy, will be recognized during a pregame ceremony.

Danny Peters spoke about his father’s legacy in this nice video from Ball State Athletics:

Besides wearing purple uniforms, Akron Athletics will distribute 1,000 purple t-shirts with “Peters” on the back with the No. 14 — his high school number at Canton Central Catholic High School in Canton, Ohio. Fans may also purchase “4 Pete’s Sake” lapel pins for $5, with all proceeds being donated to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Report: Akron all-conference forward investigated for domestic assault

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Over the weekend, news broke that Demetrius Treadwell, an all-conference forward for the Akron Zips, had been suspended from the team indefinitely.

On Monday, we found out why.

According to a report from the Akron Beacon Journal, Treadwell has been accused of assaulting a player on the women’s basketball team, Sina King.

The details in the story are scarce. There’s nothing in there about the relationship between the two players, and the police report that the paper obtained does not provide any insight into what precipitated the assault or document what, exactly, the injuries King sustained are.

There is this, however:

According to the police report, Treadwell assaulted King during an altercation at her home on Spicer Street about 4 a.m. Saturday. The assault left King, 23, with “apparent minor” injuries.

Police took photographs of the injuries as well as a photo of a text message connected to the altercation, officers noted in their report.

The paper also said that head coach Keith Dambrot “sounded prepared to go on without his senior forward”.

Treadwell, who left the team for a brief period of time last season, has not been charged with a crime.