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Wright State will play in BracketBusters against Missouri-Kansas City

Portions of this story from Wright State press release

The Wright State men’s basketball team will travel to the University of Missouri-Kansas City as part of the 2012 Sears BracketBuster Series to be played on Saturday, February 18.  A game time is yet to be decided.

The teams have met twice before as Wright State won both meetings during the 1990-91 season–98-90 in Kansas City (1/5/91) and 101-90 (1/19/91) in the first year of the WSU Nutter Center.  The Kangaroos are currently 9-15 overall and 3-9 in the Summit League while the Raiders sport a record of 11-12 overall and 6-5 in the Horizon League.

(courtesy of Wright State athletics via wikipedia commons)

UMKC will play at the WSU Nutter Center next season or during the 2013-14 campaign.

Missouri-Kansas City was established in 1933 and has an enrollment of 15,473 students.

The Kangaroos are members of the Summit League which also includes: Indiana-Purdue-Ft. Wayne, Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis, North Dakota State, Oakland University, Oral Roberts University, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Utah and Western Illinois.

(courtesy of UMKC via wikipedia commons)

AKRON-OSU GAME DAY: What is a Zip?


(courtesy of U of Akron via wikipedia commons)

The University of Akron athletics teams have one of the most unique names in the college ranks.

Originally Zippers, athletic director Kenneth “Red” Cochrane officially shortened the nickname to the Zips in 1950.

Twenty-five years before, a campus-wide contest had been conducted to choose a nickname for the Akron athletic teams.

Suggestions included by the students, faculty and alumni included Golden Blue Devils, Tip Toppers, Rubbernecks, Hillbillies, Kangaroos and Cheveliers.

The winning entry was by freshman Margaret Hamlin, who received a prize of $10 for Zippers, a $6 pair of rubber overshoes and a brand name of the BF Goodrich Company.

The evolution of Zippy, the Akron mascot, began 40 years ago when the student council decided the University needed a mascot.

“Zippy” the kangaroo was officially declared the school’s mascot on May 1, 1953.

In 2007, Zippy was named the Capital One National Mascot of the Year.

Info courtesy of the University of Akron