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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Live Thread: February 25

Four games are on deck as the regular season winds down.

James Thompson Eastern Michigan Eagles
James Thompson Eastern Michigan Eagles
Kaleb Carter

With only a few games left in the regular season, the #MACsketball slate is entering a pivotal stretch this weekend as seeding for the MAC Tournament is still up in the air for a lot of teams. With Akron downing Buffalo and Central Michigan falling against Toledo last night, it is shaping up to be a wild road to Cleveland.

The action starts at noon today when the Northern Illinois Huskies head to Ypsilanti for a match-up with the Eastern Michigan Eagles. With a win, the Huskies would pass the Rockets for third place in the MAC West and may be able to host the opening round of the Tournament if they get a few breaks. NIU won the previous meeting 81-69 in DeKalb and EMU has only won two MAC games at home this season.

Next, we have the West-leading Ball State Cardinals packing their bags for a showdown with the Western Michigan Broncos at 2 p.m. The first and second place teams in the division respectively, BSU might have the edge as it is in the midst of a three-game winning streak and took the first match-up with WMU in Muncie 84-78. However, the Broncos are playing their best ball all season as they have won six of their last seven and have only lost one MAC game at home (Akron) this season.

The Miami RedHawks host the Bowling Green Falcons at 3:30 p.m. in a game that really has no significant bearing on the Tournament as Miami has the #12 seed locked up and BG will have to go on the road in the first round. Use this time wisely to do laundry or figure out what you’re doing for dinner, because you’re not missing much.

Our main event of the evening is stellar though, as the Ohio Bobcats head up to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes at 7 p.m. in a battle between the second and fourth place teams in the East, respectively. Despite losing 85-67 at OU, the Flashes are rolling right now with consecutive road wins over very good teams in the division (Akron and Buffalo) and a KSU win would put three teams within a game of each other for second place in the East.

With this much #MACtion taking place today, now would be as good a time as any to talk about your team in the comments below on this great day of college basketball.