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MAC Basketball Weekly Recap


Tuesday, December 6

Kent State 71, James Madison 51

Ball State 76, SIU-Edwardsville 55

Wednesday, December 7

Bowling Green 87, Malone College 44

Buffalo 82, Niagara 74

Ohio 84, Oakland 82

Temple 77, Toledo 58

Thursday, December 8

Detroit 92, Western Michigan 81

Drake 66, Eastern Michigan 53

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Saturday, December 10

Cleveland State 69, Akron 66

Ball State 58, Butler 55

Kent State 58, Western Carolina 56

Tennessee State 65, Central Michigan 57

Loyola-Illinois 57, Toledo 55

Wright State 51, Miami-Ohio 49

Illinois-Chicago 62, Northern Illinois 55

Purdue 61, Eastern Michigan 36

Buffalo 80, Youngstown State 72

Valparaiso 82, Bowling Green 79

Ohio 72, Portland 54

Sunday, December 11

Western Michigan 54, Southern Illinois 43

The Mid-American Conference produced some eye-catching results this past week. For one thing, Ball State beat Butler. Just let that sink in: Ball State, which once created a memorable NCAA Tournament run in 1990 under then-coach Rick Majerus, took down the mid-major program that has made each of the last two NCAA national championship games. This is a down year for Butler without question, but Ball State’s ability to pull out a three-point win in a defensive grinder still says a lot about the work being done by head coach Billy Taylor. The kids in Muncie, Indiana, will revel in this win over an in-state competitor with the far bigger basketball brand name.

Elsewhere in the MAC, Ohio turned in a very strong week, winning on the road against two teams that, in recent years, have made strong pushes toward the NCAA Tournament. Oakland from the Summit and Portland from the West Coast Conference have claimed their share of high-profile victims over the past half decade, so for the Bobcats to beat both of those schools on the road says something about Ohio’s basketball credibility. Coach John Groce has to be very encouraged about the progress and the trajectory of his team’s campaign.

Buffalo had an encouraging week by winning against Niagara and Youngstown State, but for other MAC teams, the week wasn’t so special. Central Michigan has to be very disappointed after losing to Tennessee State. Toledo’s loss to Loyola of Illinois won’t help the Rockets’ overall profile, to be charitable. Bowling Green missed out on a chance for a solid win at Valparaiso, and Akron lost to Cleveland State, failing to rack up what would have been a high-value scalp for the Zips.

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By Matt Zemek
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer