The top-seeded Akron Zips have clinched an automatic invitation to the NCAA tournament, beating the No. 2 Ohio Bobcats, 65-46, in the MAC tournament championship game.
The Zips struggled on offense in the first half, trailing by as many as nine points, and were losing to the Bobcats, 29-26, at the break. Akron stepped up on both sides of the floor in the final 20 minutes, outscoring Ohio by 22. The Zips' defense was particularly impressive, as the Bobcats only shot 33 percent from the field and five percent from behind the arc for the game. Akron did a great job limiting possessions, as they only allowed four Ohio offensive rebounds.