The Akron Zips will have a huge challenge in front of them when they take the floor against Virginia Commonwealth.
Playing without their leader, guard Alex Abreu, the 12th seeded Zips won the MAC Tournament in earn the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Zips head coach Keith Dambrot is close with VCU's head coach Shaka Smart. Smart was an assistant under Dambrot for two years before taking the VCU job.
Fifth seeded VCU's trademark "havoc" defense could be tough for Akron to handle. The Rams are among the nation's leaders in steals and turnovers.
The game can be seen on CBS 19 on Thursday night at 9:45 P.M.
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