Mid-American Tournament Preview

10 Mar


March 11-16

Favorite(s)- Akron (24-6 14-2), Ohio (23-8 14-2)

The Zips really earned the top seed, going undefeated including a sweep of the conference’s 2nd best team in Ohio.  Not only is Akron looking for revenge after falling to Ohio by a single point in the MAC final last year.  The Zips are also seeking their 4th straight trip to the MAC final, losing in OT in 2010, winning in OT in 2011 and the loss to Ohio last season.  The Zips are becoming like death and taxes in the MAC, Akron in the MAC final.

Ohio made a run to the Sweet 16 last year beating Michigan and Georgetown before falling to North Carolina in OT.  The Bobcats return everyone of significance from that squad including star guard D.J. Cooper, Walter Offutt and Nick Kellogg.  If Ohio is able to knock off Akron there is a good chance the MAC will be a multi-bid conference.

Contender(s)-Western Michigan (19-11 10-6)

The only other contender in the Mid-American conference is the Western division’s top seed Western Michigan.  For the Broncos to challenge the two favorites they will have to be carried by their four double-digit scorers, Shayne Whittington (12.9), Nate Hutcheson (10.3), Darius Paul (10.6) and David Brown (10.4).

Team Likely to pull an upset-None.

3 Key Players-Zeke Marshall-Akron, D.J.Cooper-Ohio, Javon McCrea-Buffalo

Akron’s senior center Zeke Marshall is a game changer inside, he is a top five shot blocker in the country and leads the Zips in scoring at 13.0 points while adding nearly 7 rebounds.  Marshall has been to three tournament finals and has looked like he is on a mission to make it four since game 1.

The senior guard who led Ohio to the Sweet 16 last season returns and this season became the first player in NCAA history to record at least 2,000 points, 900 assists, 500 rebounds and 300 steals. He has become more of a facilitator this season increasing his assists by nearly two a game this season.

Javon McCrea  is the leader of the Buffalo Bulls and his 17.8 points and 7.9 rebounds are the key to whether or not the Bulls can make a run in the MAC tournament.



March 11-16 Cleveland, OH



#8 Buffalo vs. #9 Central Michigan

#7 Eastern Michigan vs. #10 Northern Illinois

#6 Bowling Green vs. #11 Miami



#5 Ball State vs. #8/9

#7/10 vs. #6/11


#4 Kent State vs.

#3 Western Michigan vs.



#1 Akron vs.

#2 Ohio vs.




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