University of Akron offers to pay students $5 to attend home basketball games

The University of Akron men’s basketball team (17-9, 8-5) has a problem — not really a performance problem, as they’ve won the Mid-American Conference three of the past six years and reached the NCAA tournament. It’s an attendance problem, and the school has resorted to offering its students $5 per game on their student accounts to show up at James A. Rhodes Arena for the final three home games, plus a $5 bonus for all three.

Watch head coach Keith Dambrot make his pitch in the video above prior to the Zips’ 68-66 loss to Toledo Wednesday night, when only 687 showed up (total attendance was 3,351), short of the 800 that would have triggered the $5 payment. 

[H/T Larry Brown Sports]

Members of 1990 UNLV championship team get matching tattoos to honor Jerry Tarkanian