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MAC Basketball Weekly Recap
Tuesday, January 31
Central Michigan 80, Kent State 67
Wednesday, February 1
Miami-Ohio 62, Eastern Michigan 57 (OT)
Akron 86, Toledo 72
Buffalo 73, Ball State 57
Bowling Green 72, Western Michigan 48
Ohio 67, Northern Illinois 58
Saturday, February 4
Ohio 68 Central Michigan 42
Miami-Ohio 59 Ball State 53
Bowling Green 65 Northern Illinois 40
Kent State 78 Western Michigan 73 (OT)
Buffalo 72 Toledo 65
Akron 77 Eastern Michigan 47
If there was ever any doubt about the balance of power in the 2012 Mid-American Conference, it was blown out of the water this past Saturday. Six games on a full docket matched teams from the two divisions against each other. In all six games, only one half of the MAC emerged victorious.
Yes, the MAC East Division and the MAC West Division did combat this past weekend, and the verdict was not just substantial, but unanimous. Yes, the East took on the West in six separate locations - Athens, Ohio; Muncie, Indiana; Bowling Green, Ohio; Kent, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio; and Akron, Ohio - and in all these battlegrounds, the East won. Ohio trounced Central Michigan. Miami of Ohio topped the Ball State team whose rise to the top tier of the MAC West seems pretty hollow at this point. Bowling Green thrashed lowly Northern Illinois. Kent State fought past Western Michigan. Buffalo shot well in a defeat of Toledo. Capping off the East's "six pack," Akron thumped Eastern Michigan.
These developments will be noted by the various postseason tournament committees - no, not in the NCAA, but certainly the NIT, CBI, and CIT committees. When tickets to those other tournaments are handed out, the East clearly gets first dibs over the West, and so it must be said that the second and third spots in the East are now going to be very precious commodities over the remainder of the regular season. Those slots are likely to bring a postseason berth to a conference that will get only one team in the Big Dance.
By Matt Zemek