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Akron To Have Social Media Night vs. Ohio

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File photo:  Nikola Cvetinovic #13 of the Akron Zips smiles alongside Tyrone Nash #1 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

File photo: Nikola Cvetinovic #13 of the Akron Zips smiles alongside Tyrone Nash #1 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Akron plans to make its big home game against Mid-American Conference rival Ohio on Saturday social media night at James A. Rhodes Arena, but NCAA rules prohibit the Zips from wearing the team’s Twitter handle on the backs of their jerseys.

The school released a statement Monday about its promotion. The school says it asked the NCAA if it would be permissible for the players to wear jerseys with @ZipsMBB on the back. The NCAA said no.

Instead, the Zips will have the handle on the warm-up shirts they wear before the game, which is scheduled to be televised by ESPNU.

Akron (15-4, 6-0 Mid-American Conference), which has won 11 straight games, will debut new black uniforms against the Bobcats (15-5, 6-0).

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