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MAC Basketball Weekend Preview: Eastern Michigan-Dayton highlights slate of contests

A few good games dot the MAC basketball slate over the weekend.

Eastern Michigan and Dayton is the marquee match-up of the day.
Eastern Michigan and Dayton is the marquee match-up of the day.
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Almost every team in the conference will play a game this weekend, so on Monday we'll have good idea of where most teams stand after five or six games played. Highlights of this weekend include what should be a great game between Eastern Michigan and Dayton and also St. Bonaventure and Ohio. Western Michigan heads to New England as well to take on a Northeastern team that has knocked off Florida State this year already.

Here are those games along with the rest of the schedule:

Saturday (all times Eastern)

Kent State (4-2) vs. Kennesaw State (3-5), Noon on ESPN3

Kennesaw State has long been a doormat in the Division 1 ranks, but they're playing better this year. The Owls have wins over Alcorn State, Samford and Chattanooga, which is half the amount of wins they had last season. Kent State has lost two in a row, but haven't played in almost a week. The Flashes should roll in this one.

SIU-Edwardsville (1-4) vs. Central Michigan (5-1), 1:00 on ESPN3

The Chips continue their unimpressive non-conference schedule against a team ranked in the bottom third of Division 1. The Cougars haven't beaten a D-1 team yet this year and are on a four game losing streak. Barring an unforeseen collapse, CMU should be able to win handily.

St. Bonaventure (5-1) vs. Ohio (2-2), 2:00 on OhioBobcats.com

This just might end up being the best game of the weekend. The Bonnies are 5-1 and rolling after beating Buffalo by nine. All five starters average double-digit points per game, but the bench is thin. For Ohio to win, they'll have to get St. Bonaventure in foul trouble and own the boards, as the Bonnies are 35th in the nation in rebounding.

Eastern Michigan (7-0) vs. Dayton (5-1), 2:00 on Fox Sports Ohio

Here's your game of the day. The Eagles will test their team in a big way on Saturday with a tough match-up against Dayton. The Flyers have lost just once to defending National Champion UConn and have beaten both Texas A&M and Boston College. EMU will have to stop Jordan Sibert, who transferred from Ohio State a few years ago and was a catalyst in their Elite Eight run last year.

Indiana State (3-4) vs. Ball State (2-3), 2:00

Although Indiana State's record might not be that impressive, their schedule is. All four losses have come at the expense of good teams: Saint Louis, Illinois, Memphis and Butler. The Sycamores haven't beaten anyone good yet, but with the way Ball State has been playing they shouldn't have too much trouble. Ball State will need Zavier Turner and Sean Sellers to play well in order to stay in this game.

Chicago State (2-7) vs. Toledo (3-4), 2:00 on UTRockets.com

The Cougars of Chicago State haven't beaten a D-1 team this season and are coming off a loss yesterday to DePaul. They'll have a quick turnaround traveling to Toledo, where having tired legs is not a good thing to have when the game will be a track meet. Look for the Rockets to run up and down the court to wear Chicago State out and earn an easy victory.

Alabama A&M (1-4) vs. Bowling Green (4-1), 4:00

Alabama A&M is the sixth worst team in the country according to KenPom and hasn't beaten a D-1 team this year. This should be a walkover for the Falcons.

Western Michigan (5-2) vs. Northeastern (5-2), 4:00

It may surprise you, but Northeastern probably should be favored in this game against the defending MAC Champs. The Huskies have played great all year and have only lost to Harvard and UMass. One of their wins was against Florida State, and while the Seminoles are struggling this year it's still a win over a Power 5 school. Scott Eatherton leads the Huskies in both scoring and rebounding and should be a handful for Connar Tava to handle.

Miami (2-5) vs. IPFW (4-2), 7:00

The Mastodons are coming off the best season in program history after years of being in the doldrums of D1 basketball. IPFW hasn't beat a team with a winning record yet, but did only lose at Georgia Tech by nine. Isaiah McCray is their best player; he is second on the team in scoring (12.3 points per game), first in rebounding (7.7) and second in assists (2.7).

Sunday

Buffalo (4-2) vs. Robert Morris (2-5), 1:00

Bobby Mo is getting off to a rough start on the year after winning twenty games in six of the last seven seasons. The Colonials have losses to good teams like North Carolina and Georgetown, but also lost to Youngstown State, Chattanooga and Lafayette. One of the worst shooting teams of the country (they're ranked 335th in FG%), Buffalo will need to be efficient on offense and hope that their opponent continues their cold streak to pick up a win.