Tuesday, March 8, 2011

MAC Men's Tournament Predictions

Well, the 2011 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament begins tonight. Here are my picks for each game, all the way to the championship:

First Round:
No. 12 Toledo at No. 5 Ohio: I see Ohio winning this with ease. Toledo is just not very good and Ohio can put up a lot of points
No. 11 Eastern Michigan at No. 6 Akron: Akron has been very tough at home and EMU is just too inconsistent. I like the Zips.
No. 10 Northern Illinois at No. 7 Bowling Green: BGSU has struggled on offense at times, and NIU can get hot, but I think the Falcons squeak out a win here.
No. 9 Central Michigan at No. 8 Buffalo: As much as CMU fans would like a win, I just don't see it for CMU. The Chips have been to streaky on the road and Buffalo has been solid at home. CMU may be able to keep it close on emotion, but ultimately the Bulls should pulls this out.

Quarterfinals
No. 2 Western Michigan vs. No. 7 Bowling Green: I really like how Western has played in the second half of the season and think they have a chance to win the tournament. I think they will find ways to score on BG's slow-it-down defense and advance with some east to the semifinals.
No. 3 Miami vs. No. 6 Akron: I like the Zips in an upset as they will have the fans on their side and Miami is still short-handed without Antonio Ballard. Miami has been tough for everyone, but Akron just recently beat the RedHawks soundly.
No. 1 Kent State vs. No. 8 Buffalo: Kent State proved it is the top team in the MAC coming in, but the Flashes have struggled in recent tournaments. I do see a win for Kent State in the quarters, but don't expect it to be a blowout by any means.
No. 4 Ball State vs. No. 5 Ohio: I look for Ohio to have too much offense for Ball State to match. If the Cardinals can find their range from the outside, they may be able to win, but I still look for the Bobcats to advance in this one.

Semifinals
No. 2 Western Michigan vs. No. 6 Akron: I look for the Broncos to win this game, which should be competitive. I think the Broncos can match up with Akron athletically and should pose some problems for the Zips with their perimeter defense.
No. 1 Kent State vs. No. 5 Ohio: These two had two very close games this season with Ohio winning the recent battle at Kent State. I think the Bobcats will show improved defense this tournament and find a way to take out the Flashes with their explosive offense.

Championship

No. 2 Western Michigan vs. No. 5 Ohio: If it works out like this, it should be an exciting game with a lot of strong guard play. My pick would be with the Bobcats to win as I think their scoring is more consistent. I know repeats don't happen often, especially from a fifth seed, but my pick to win the bid is the Bobcats.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silas is injured and out for the season

March 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

I knew he was hurt, didn't know it was season-ending. I updated my info. Thanks.

March 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM 

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