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Mid-American Bandwagon, ep. 36: Tournament Time, baby!

The regular season has concluded in both men’s and women’s basketball. The boys are here to break down all of the matchup’s for the upcoming MAC tournament!

Illustration: James H. Jimenez; photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, James H. Jimenez, Kenneth Bailey

It’s that time of the year folks. There’s a certain smell in the air, a certain feel... It’s March!

College basketball is front and center, and I hope you’re all as pumped as we are! On this weeks pod, we’re focusing exclusively on the tournaments. The women tip off today, the men get started tomorrow, and it’s going to be a glorious four days of MAC basketball in Cleveland.

To open up the show, Zach and Sam break down the men’s bracket. The boys both give their thoughts and their picks for each of the four first round matchups. Will Toledo continue it’s great season, or will Ball State rediscover the shooting form that allowed them to knock off the Rocket’s back in February? Is Bowling Green all the way back? What has happened to Akron? These are all questions to consider as the post season begins. The boys give their thoughts, as well as their predictions for how the tournament will play out.

On the women’s side of the fence, things are hotly contested. Only 3.5 games separated the 2nd and 8th place teams in the final standings, so there are a lot of first round matchups here that will be coin flips. Bowling Green has taken the conference by surprise this year - can they keep it up on the big stage? Central Michigan, Ohio, and Buffalo all entered the season with aspirations of a conference championship. All three of them could find themselves atop the podium come Saturday, but will any of them be able to put three consistent performances together? Only time will tell.

It’s been a basketball season unlike any other. Games have been moved, cancelled, and postponed. Despite all of that, here we are. It’s a great time of the year to be a sports fan, and the BEST time of year to be a hoops fan. Let’s enjoy it while it’s here. Thanks for stopping by folks!