FORT WAYNE – You can fill in the other half of the bracket for the IPFW men’s basketball team in the CollegeInsider.com tournament.
The Mastodons (24-10) will play host to Akron of the Mid-American Conference at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Zips (21-12) lost to eventual MAC tournament champion Western Michigan 64-60 in overtime in the semifinals after a regular-season schedule in which they went 12-6 in the conference and beat Oregon State of the Pac-12 and NCAA tournament team Coastal Carolina.
They also went 3-1 against Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio), two MAC schools whom IPFW also played.
The Mastodons beat Bowling Green but lost at Miami (Ohio).
Akron is led in scoring by 6-foot-7 forward Demetrius Tree Treadwell, who averages 14.9 points. The only other Zip who averages double figures is 6-6 forward Quincy Diggs, who averages 12.5.
Akron has seven players on their roster who stand 6-7 or more, and three (6-9 Kwan Cheatham Jr., 6-10 Isaiah Johnson and 6-11 Pat Forsythe) who top 6-9.
IPFW, by contrast, has just three players (Steve Forbes, Joe Reed and Brent Calhoun) who top 6-8, and none taller than Forbes at 6-9.
They’re big, they’re physical, they’re a good team that’s well-coached, IPFW coach Tony Jasick said. They’re gonna cause us some issues with just their size and strength and how hard they pound the glass.
Eerily reminiscent of the North Dakota State team IPFW beat by 11 in the Gates Center this season, and then took to the limit in The Summit League tournament championship game before losing 60-57.
They’re good, Jasick says. Rebounding is gonna be a key once again, and they’ve got a couple of elite level players on their team. We have to do a good job of keeping them at bay.