No. 4 Kent State eked out a 70-68 win over Buffalo on Thursday to advance into Friday’s MAC semifinals. Kent State will take on No. 1 Akron in that game. Akron is 5-1 SU and 4-1-1 ATS in its last six games against Kent State, but Kent State did pick up a road upset in their last meeting.
No. 3 Western Michigan had it a bit easier on Thursday, cruising to a comfortable 70-55 win over Eastern Michigan. Western Michigan will face No. 2 Ohio in Friday’s semifinals. Ohio is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS in its last five games against Western Michigan.
No. 8 Buffalo knocked off higher-seeded No. 5 Ball State Wednesday and made it look easy in a 76-61 blowout in MAC Tournament action. Buffalo will now take on No. 4 Kent State in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Kent State is 5-1 SU and 4-1-1 ATS in its last six games against Buffalo.
No. 7 Eastern Michigan also advanced into the quarterfinals Wednesday with a 58-47 win over No. 11 Miami (Ohio). Eastern Michigan will face No. 3 Western Michigan in the late quarterfinal match. Eastern Michigan is 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in its last four games against its in-state rival.
No. 8 Buffalo advanced to the second round in MAC Championship Tournament betting action in a nail-biter on Monday over No. 9 Central Michigan.
Buffalo is now set to take on No. 5 Ball State on Tuesday.
Ball State is 5-3 SU and ATS in its last eight games against Buffalo, but Buffalo is 2-0 SU and ATS in their last two meetings. No. 7 Eastern Michigan defeated No. 10 Northern Illinois and No. 11 Miami (Ohio) upset No. 6 Bowling Green on Monday to set the stage for an Eastern Michigan vs. Miami (Ohio) second-round matchup on Tuesday.
Northern Illinois is 2-0 SU and ATS in its last two games against Miami (Ohio). [ MAC matchup reports ]
Two of the last three Mid-American Conference tournaments have ended with a matchup between Ohio and Akron in the MAC Championship Game, and that result is favored once again in this year’s tournament at the sportsbooks.
No. 2 Ohio is favored to win the MAC Tournament at -130. Finishing the season with a 14-2 SU conference record and a 23-8 SU record overall, Ohio has won the MAC Tournament twice in the last three years by defeating Akron in the finals each time the two teams have clashed there.
No. 1 Akron (+180) also finished the season with a 14-2 SU conference record, and earned the tie-breaker with two wins over Ohio this year.
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Akron has advanced to the MAC Championship Game in each of the last four seasons, winning it twice in the two years that Ohio didn’t advance as well.
Both of Ohio and Akron earned byes into the semifinals for finishing the season as the MAC’s top two seeds. Conference tournament action kicks off Monday with three first-round games.
No. 8 Buffalo is expected to advance into the second round as it takes on No. 9 Central Michigan on Monday. Central Michigan had just a 4-12 SU record in the conference this season. Buffalo is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in its last four games against Central Michigan.
The winner of this game will take on No. 5 Ball State in the second round on Wednesday.
No. 7 Eastern Michigan should have no trouble with No. 10 Northern Illinois on Monday. Northern Illinois was just 5-24 SU overall this season and lost by double-digits in both of its games against Eastern Michigan.
No. 6 Bowling Green wraps up the first-round action with a game against No. 11 Miami (Ohio). Miami (Ohio) was just 3-13 SU in the conference this year, but one of those wins did come against Bowling Green. The winner of this game will face the winner of Eastern Michigan vs. Northern Illinois.
No. 3 Western Michigan and No. 4 Kent State have byes into the quarterfinals. Toledo is not participating in this year’s tournament due to poor academic performance.
Mid-American Conference Tournament Odds - courtesy of 5Dimes:
Kent State +650
Western Michigan +1200
Bowling Green +5000
Eastern Michigan +20000
Ball State +20000
Miami Ohio +30000
Central Michigan +50000
Northern Illinois +100000
Monday, March 11 – First Round
7:00 PM ET – No. 9 Central Michigan vs. No. 8 Buffalo (Game 1)
7:01 PM ET – No. 10 Northern Illinois vs. No. 7 Eastern Michigan (Game 2)
7:02 PM ET – No. 11 Miami (Ohio) vs. No. 6 Bowling Green (Game 3)
Wednesday, March 13 – Second Round
6:30 PM ET – Game 1 Winner vs. No. 5 Ball State (Game 4)
9:00 PM ET – Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner (Game 5)
Thursday, March 14 - Quarterfinals
6:30 PM ET - Game 4 Winner vs. No. 4 Kent State (Game 6)
9:00 PM ET - Game 5 Winner vs. No. 3 Western Michigan (Game 7)
Friday, March 15 - Semifinals
6:30 PM ET - Game 6 Winner vs. No. 1 Akron
9:00 PM ET - Game 7 Winner vs. No. 2 Ohio
Saturday, March 16 - Championship Game
6:30 PM ET - Semifinal Winners