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MAC Basketball Weekly Recap
Wednesday, January 18
Bowling Green 65, Miami-Ohio 57
Ohio 87, Kent State 65
Buffalo 82, Akron 70
Ball State 73, Central Michigan 52
Eastern Michigan 62, Western Michigan 59 (OT)
Toledo 71, Northern Illinois 41
Saturday, January 21
Ohio 69, Miami-Ohio 65
Eastern Michigan 41, Toledo 38
Western Michigan 64, Central Michigan 61
Buffalo 68, Bowling Green 66
Akron 84, Kent State 75
Ball State 75, Northern Illinois 65It was a week for Bobcats, Cardinals and Eagles to celebrate, and for Golden Flashes to be concerned about. The Mid-American Conference race took a distinct turn, as Ohio and Ball State rose while Kent State suffered an awful double whammy.
First, Ohio. The Bobcats - who had been knocked down a few pegs early in the month of January - found their stride over the past week, flooring Kent State in emphatic fashion before pulling out a grinder against Miami University. Ohio was in danger of sliding to the middle tier of the MAC, but these twin wins will restore a sense of order in Athens while also fueling this team's confidence for the road ahead. This was exactly the kind of revitalizing stretch Ohio needed, and now its place in the pecking order of the conference isn't so precarious.
Another team that has to feel particularly good about itself is Ball State. Coach Billy Taylor's team mopped up against Central Michigan and Northern Illinois to move to 4-1 in the league. It's true that Central and NIU are not two of the stronger teams in the MAC, but Ball State's ability to take care of business in two double-digit wins shows that the Cardinals are likely to be an appreciably high seed in the MAC Tournament in early March. Ball State owns a rich basketball tradition dating back to the Rick Majerus years in the late 1980s and the 1990 season, and this season is beginning to recall some of those good vibes.
By Matt Zemek