What were you doing on Dec. 15? Holiday shopping? A company party, perhaps? Maybe you were among those lining up to see one of the first weekend showings of “Les Miserables.”
The Akron Zips were très misérables on that afternoon. They lost a basketball game to the Detroit Titans, 80-73, on the road at Calihan Hall. That defeat dropped Akron to 4-4 overall. This was a team constructed to rampage through the Mid-American Conference and, if necessary, to draw the league’s first NCAA Tournament at-large berth since before the turn of the century. But neither of those outcomes seemed likely after the Detroit loss.
Since the buzzer sounded to end that game, 73½ days have passed. Akron did not lose once along the way. Now 22-4 overall, the Zips have won 18 consecutive games, including all 12 against conference opponents. The streak has led them to the program’s first-ever national ranking, at No. 24 in the USA Today coaches poll.