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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Live Thread: March 3

Last day of the regular season; can’t hold anything back now.

NCAA Basketball: Western Michigan at UCLA Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The last day of the #MACsketball regular season looks to be a doozy tonight as we have six games on deck. Much of the seeding for the MAC Tournament is still up in the air, and there’s the potential for a five-way tie as well, so be sure to take time out of your night to enjoy some wild college basketball.

The slate tips off at 6:30 when the Ohio Bobcats host the Miami RedHawks in a Battle of the Bricks rematch. The ‘Cats won 79-62 in Oxford earlier this season, but Miami is fresh off of a win at the Akron Zips on Tuesday night, so expect a close game at the Convo tonight. The ‘Hawks have already locked down the #12 seed, but Ohio at 10-7 in the MAC is one of those teams that could end up in a five-way tie.

Next, we have four games in the 7 p.m. time slot, including a big one in the MAC East as the Bowling Green Falcons hit the road to face the Buffalo Bulls. UB beat the Falcons convincingly in their first match-up 83-79, but you might have to worry about a letdown for the Bulls after winning at Ohio on Tuesday night. BG, currently in a three-way tie at 7-10, could elevate itself with a win over 10-7 Buffalo.

We have two teams going in different directions in Kalamazoo as the floundering Central Michigan Chippewas take on the red-hot Western Michigan Broncos. WMU has won eight of their last nine contests, but at 10-7 it needs a win to keep its hope of a bye in the Tournament. Meanwhile, the Fighting Marcus Keenes have a glimmer of hope of improving their seed if they get some help around the league.

The Broncos will also be paying attention to a game in Muncie, as a loss by the Ball State Cardinals against the Northern Illinois Huskies could give WMU the MAC West crown if it continues its run. BSU took the first game in DeKalb 81-72 as the Cards have been on a roll lately while NIU has dropped six of its last seven.

Staying in the wild West, the Eastern Michigan Eagles invite the Toledo Rockets to Ypsilanti for a game that also has seeding implications. UT is a game better than EMU and grounded the Eagles in the first game 73-57, but has lost three of its last five games. EMU might be building some momentum as well with consecutive wins over NIU and CMU, so this could be a highly entertaining game that could go down to the wire.

Our nightcap at 9 p.m. should be sensational the Kent State Golden Flashes host the eventual-#1 seed Akron. The Zips have slumped down the stretch as they have lost three of their last four, including a 70-67 defeat at home. Kent, meanwhile, is peaking at the right time with five straight wins with victories over both Akron and Ohio. The Flashes are sitting at 10-7, so a sweep of the Zips could very well mean a bye in the MAC Tournament if certain things go their way.

Got all that? Good! Now, sit back, relax, and have some fun in the comments below on this #MACtion-packed Friday night.