06 March 2016

2016 MAC Tournament Predictions

The MAC, not to be confused with the MAAC, kicks off their basketball tournament on Monday evening at campus sites with the real action commencing Thursday in Cleveland. At long last, the conference is returning to a more traditional tournament format in which the top seeds will only get a bye into the quarterfinals instead of when the top two seeds got byes into the semifinals.

What will go down in the 2016 MAC Tournament? Here are my exclusive predictions.

First Round - Monday, March 7th
8 Eastern Michigan vs. 9 Toledo - Ypsilanti - ESPN3, 7:30
Pick: Eastern Michigan

5 Kent State vs. 12 Bowling Green - Kent - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Kent State

7 Northern Illinois vs. 10 Western Michigan - DeKalb - ESPN3, 8:00
Pick: Western Michigan

6 Ball State vs. 11 Miami - Muncie - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Ball State

Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 10th
1 Akron vs. 8 Eastern Michigan - Cleveland - TWC SportsChannel Ohio/BCSN, 12:00
Pick: Akron

4 Central Michigan vs. 5 Kent State - Cleveland - TWC SportsChannel Ohio/BCSN, 2:30
Pick: Kent State

2 Ohio vs. 10 Western Michigan - Cleveland - TWC SportsChannel Ohio/BCSN, 6:30
Pick: Ohio

3 Buffalo vs. 6 Ball State - Cleveland - TWC SportsChannel Ohio/BCSN, 9:00
Pick: Buffalo

Semifinals - Friday, March 11th
1 Akron vs. 5 Kent State - Cleveland - TWC SportsChannel Ohio/BCSN, 6:30
Pick: Kent State

2 Ohio vs. 3 Buffalo - Cleveland - TWC SportsChannel Ohio/BCSN, 9:00
Pick: Ohio

Championship - Saturday, March 12th
2 Ohio vs. 5 Kent State - Cleveland - ESPN2, 7:30
Now here's a fun Ohio matchup for the good folks to enjoy. These two split their regular season contests with the home team winning each but I do think on a neutral floor, the better team will prevail.
Pick: Ohio

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