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MAC Basketball Weekly Recap

 

Scores

Wednesday, February 28

Bowling Green 56 Miami-Ohio 51

Buffalo 74 Akron 70

Ball State 71 Central Michigan 52

Kent State 68 Ohio 61

Eastern Michigan 54 Western Michigan 53

Northern Illinois 65 Toledo 61

Friday, March 2

Akron 61 Kent State 55

Central Michigan 76 Western Michigan 70

Saturday, March 3

Ball State 62 Northern Illinois 51

Ohio 63 Miami-Ohio 54

Toledo 76 Eastern Michigan 51

Buffalo 68 Bowling Green 64

It got really tense and tenuous near the end, but the Akron Zips ultimately did win the outright Mid-American Conference regular season championship. Akron lost at Ohio last Sunday in a nationally-televised blowout, but coach Keith Dambrot's team was supposed to sew things up on Wednesday against the Buffalo Bulls. That plan didn't work out, though; Buffalo ambushed Akron to retain a shot at a split title. The Zips had to go into a hostile arena and beat Kent State on the road this past Friday. KSU would have liked nothing better than to ruin Akron's season, but the Zips were up to the task against the Golden Flashes. Akron hit clutch jumpers in the final minutes while sealing out on the defensive boards to make Kent State a one-and-done team at the offensive end of the floor. The Zips were steady and poised just when there was reason to begin to doubt them. They exulted when the final horn sounded, knowing that after two months of mortal combat, they had a championship to show for all of their efforts.

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As for Buffalo, the Bulls didn't get a piece of the MAC crown, but they did gain something very significant from their two wins this past week: the No. 2 seed for the league tournament and, with it, a bye into the semifinals alongside Akron. Eight teams in the league will have to play four games if they want to win the upcoming MAC Tournament, but Buffalo and Akron will need to win only two. Fourth-seeded Kent State and third-seeded Ohio gained a first-round bye and will therefore need to play (and win) three games in order to make the Big Dance.


Mid-American Conference Tournament Matchups

First Round (at the higher seed)

Game 1: No. 12 Northern Illinois at No. 5 Eastern Michigan

Game 2: No. 9 Ball State at No. 8 Western Michigan

Game 3: No. 10 Miami at No. 7 Toledo

Game 4: No. 11 Central Michigan at No. 6 Bowling Green

Second Round - Cleveland, Ohio

Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner

Game 6: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner

Quarterfinals - Cleveland, Ohio

Game 7: Game 5 Winner vs. No. 4 Kent State

Game 8: Game 6 Winner vs. No. 3 Ohio

Semifinals - Cleveland, Ohio

Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. No. 1 Akron

Game 10: Game 8 winner vs. No. 2 Buffalo

Championship - Cleveland, Ohio

Game 11: Game 9 winner versus Game 10 winner



 

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By Matt Zemek
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer