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MAC Basketball Open Thread: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

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A heavyweight battle highlights a full day of MAC Hoops action.

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

MACsketball returns today with a vengeance. Ten MAC men's basketball teams play today, and it all starts off with a bang. Toledo and Ohio on ESPNU at 1 p.m.. The pair of MAC Heavyweights (and Top 25 Mid-Major teams) are facing off in what is shaping up to be a fantastic game. Rian Pearson vs. Nick Kellog. Maurice Ndour vs. J.D. Weatherspoon. Toledo's high-flying offense, vs. Ohio's MAC-leading defense.

At two we get a pair of directionals (Central vs. Western) and NIU and Ball State. Central is still looking for it's first MAC win, against a WMU team that has been far from consistent. Northern Illinois is coming of a thrilling win over Kent State on Wednesday, while Ball State is sure to be fired up after getting obliterated by Akron.

A pair of middle-tier, but feisty, MAC squads face off at 3 as Miami's Wills play host to the stingy EMU Eagles and the dunk-master himself, Glenn Bryant. It all concludes with the Wagon Wheel showdown between Rivals Akron and Kent State. Akron is a favorite in this one, looking for a fourth-straight win over the Golden Flashes. That game can be viewed on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, if you have it.

MAC Men's Basketball
AWAY HOME TIME WATCH
Toledo Ohio 1 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Central Michigan Western Michigan 2 p.m. MACDN
Northern Illinois Ball State 2 p.m. MACDN
Eastern Michigan Miami 3 p.m. MACDN
Akron Kent State 6 p.m. TWCSC / MACDN

But it's not just a boy's club. There is also a women's game on at 4:30. NIU vs. Western Michigan is available to be streamed online via the MAC Digital Network (MACDN) through MAC-Sports.com.

Per usual, we'll be analyzing the games here throughout the day. Feel free to stop on by and join the discussion.