With the conclusion of the regular season for men’s basketball earlier this evening, the Mid-American Conference officially unveiled their preliminary bracket for the 2021 MAC Championship Tournament to take place in Cleveland, Ohio, starting on March 11.
The bracket is as follows:
Quarterfinals (March 11):
- #1 Toledo vs. #8 Ball State; 11 a.m., ESPN+
- #4 Kent State vs. #5 Ohio, 30 minutes after Game #1, ESPN+
- #2 Buffalo vs. #7 Miami, 30 minutes after Game #2, ESPN+
- #3 Akron vs. #6 BGSU, 30 minutes after Game #3, ESPN+
Semifinals will take place on March 12, with the Game #1 winner vs. the Game #2 winner tipping off at 5 p.m. ET, and the Game #3 winner vs. Game #4 winner playing afterwards. Both games will be aired nationally on CBS Sports Network.
The championship game between the two semi-final winners will tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET, and air nationally on ESPN2.
Once the bracket is set, teams are subject to forfeiting via no-contest if they fail COVID testing, with the other team advancing. Should there be an upset of a high seed, the top four teams in the conference are mandated to test for COVID if eliminated from postseason contention, in order to ensure the eligibility of the teams remaining in play.