This Week in MAC Basketball

Saint Mary's Coach Randy Bennett has a great match-up this week against Akron. Too bad it's at 3 am. - Gregory Shamus

A couple of games in the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off make this week a pretty good one in MAC Basketball.

That opening weekend wasn't too exciting. No real surprises, no upsets, just a bunch of blah against Division 9 competition. Let's get to this week's action.

Monday, November 11

Kent State Temple 7:00 pm ESPNU
Western Michigan Tennessee State 7:00 pm BigWest.TV
Akron Saint Mary's (CA) 3:00 am ESPN2

Hey we finally maybe get to watch a Western Michigan game! Or we at least get to be awake to follow along. The Broncos played pretty well in the last two games, beating tournament favorite New Mexico State before losing to Hawaii. Shayne Whittington will finally be in uniform for this game after being suspended for the first two. Kent State-Temple and Akron-Saint Mary's are a part of the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon, and kudos to you if you watch all 24 hours. Unfortunately the Akron game will have to be DVR'd for me. Kent State and Temple should be a fun one.

Tuesday, November 12

Concordia Eastern Michigan 7:00 pm MACDN
Taylor Ball State 7:00 pm MACDN
Ohio Ohio State 8:00 pm BTN
Central Michigan Bradley 8:00 pm No TV
Miami Arizona State 9:00 pm Pac-12 Net

Ohio-Ohio State is the most interesting game of the night, even if it won't be that close. It's too bad Central Michigan won't be online free anywhere, because this should be a good game. It'll be a good barometer for what to expect from the Chips this year. Eastern Michigan and Ball State get awful opponents, and Miami will try to pull the upset in Tempe.

Wednesday, November 13

Buffalo Niagara 7:00 pm No TV
Kent State Seton Hall 7:00 pm Fox Sports 2

A light slate here, but both games are of good quality. Niagara won the MAAC last year but lost in the first round of the NIT. The schools are just twenty miles away, so it would be cool to see these two start a competitive rivalry. It seems when one is good the other is terrible, so this year could be different. Kent State always knocks off a low high-major every year, and this could be it. Seton Hall isn't great and with it being early in the season it wouldn't surprise me to see Kent win.

Thursday, November 14

Toledo Boston College 7:00 pm ESPN3
Robert Morris Eastern Michigan 7:00 pm MACDN

Eastern Michigan finally gets some decent competition in Bobby Mo. The Colonials knocked off Kentucky in the first round of the NIT last year, so they're a quality team. Toledo has a really good shot of beating the Eagles, even in Chestnut Hill.

Friday, November 15

South Florida Bowling Green 8:30 pm ESPN3
James Madison Northern Illinois 9:00 pm MACDN

Bowling Green's marquee non-conference game is Friday, as they host the Bulls from South Florida. Northern Illinois gets another winnable game against James Madison as a part of their own multi-team event.

Saturday, November 16

Akron Middle Tennessee 3:00 pm No TV
West Virginia Wesleyan Buffalo 3:00 pm MACDN
Pepperdine Central Michigan 6:30 pm MACDN
San Jose State Northern Illinois 9:00 pm MACDN

A slow Saturday, but a great game nonetheless between the Zips and Blue Raiders. These two have played the past two years with each team winning one. Last year's game was a fantastic overtime affair and this year the Zips have to travel to Murfreesboro. Buffalo gets a laugher and Central Michigan hosts a quality opponent in Pepperdine. Northern Illinois faces the second opponent in their Invitational in San Jose State, someone they can actually beat.

Sunday, November 17

Alabama A&M Western Michigan 2:00 pm MACDN
Valparaiso Ohio 2:00 pm MACDN
Saint Peter's Kent State 2:00 pm MACDN
Wisconsin-Milwaukee Northern Illinois 4:30 pm MACDN

First of all I have no idea why the MAC schedules all their games at the same time. I mean, other people want to watch the games and not have to have three screens open. These games could easily be at noon, two, four, and six and everyone would win. It's not like the MAC arenas are being used for anything else on a Sunday.

I digress. Three really good games dot the schedule as everyone but Western Michigan faces a similar opponent. Valparaiso isn't as good as last year, but they're still Valpo. Saint Peter's isn't a slouch, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee closes out the Northern Illinois Invitational. Akeem Springs will return to DeKalb, this time as a Panther.

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