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

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
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

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