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MAC men's basketball open chat: Battle of I-75

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Time Game Watch
2:00 Ball State vs. Kent State -
2:00 Western Michigan vs. Akron -
2:00 Ohio vs. Buffalo
4:00 Northern Illinois vs. Miami ESPN 3
4:30 Central Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan ESPN 3
7:00 Toledo vs. Bowling Green

It couldn't come at a better time, either. These two are fighting for a lot, but it basically boils down to the two of them showing that they are among the top teams in their respective divisions. The Falcons are atop of the East standings with a 4-1 record in conference play while Toledo has been having some struggles of their own, currently in a 3-way tie with Ball State and Northern Illinois all at 2-3 in conference play while Western Michigan (4-1) and Central Michigan (3-2) are in first and second place in the West, respectively.

A home win for Ohio would be exactly what they need right now: a win. They finally got their first win in MAC play over Ball State, but the once mighty Buffalo Bulls, albiet still a really good team in terms of talent and athletic ability, but they've shown that they're still a vulnerable squad. Maybe not the most pressing of "upset alert" games between intra-conference foes, but it's the perfect situation for one.

The last time Western Michigan and Akron met, it 1) happened just a few weeks ago and 2) ended with Akron winning by 20. The Broncos just never ever had an answer. But that was then and now the Zips have to try to make it two by traveling to Kalamazoo, and they're currently 0-4 in road games this season.

I know this is an open chat for shooty hoops, but if anybody ever wants to on a tangent about how Dan Enos left Central Michigan, please feel free to vent.