Akron's special season has hit a stunning snag.
Zips starting point guard Alex Abreu pleaded not guilty to trafficking and possession of marijuana on Friday, hours before his teammates played rival Kent State in their regular-season finale - on senior night - without the junior floor general and inspirational leader. Abreu has been suspended indefinitely, pending the outcome of the police investigation.
Abreu appeared via closed-circuit TV from jail in Akron Municipal Court. On Thursday, the 21-year-old and Austin L. Durgala, 18, were arrested by police for allegedly accepting a package containing 5 pounds of marijuana. According to police, narcotic-unit detectives arrested Abreu and Durgala at the latter's residence.
Abreu's bond was set at $5,000. He is due back in court March 22, when the Zips hope to be playing in the NCAA tournament.
But without Abreu, Akron's run to make the NCAA field for the third time since 2009 will be much more challenging.
Although the Zips (24-5, 1...