AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- The nation's hottest college basketball team has much bigger plans. Akron wants to make some March madness of its own.
With a 14-game winning streak, a shot-swatting 7-foot center and NBA superstar LeBron James as one of their biggest supporters, the Zips intend to make a deep run in this year's NCAA tournament. They're on their way, which is what coach Keith Dambrot had in mind when he returned to coach at his alma mater nine years ago.
Dambrot, who coached James in high school and has no intention of leaving Akron, has grown a model mid-major program, one that hopes to stand alongside Butler and Gonzaga on a national stage.
Dambrot believes that if the Zips can make the NCAA field "we are built better to win there than ever before."