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2017 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament bracket revealed

Three of the four top seeds were decided in games Friday night.

NCAA Basketball: MAC Conference Tournament-Buffalo vs Central Michigan Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Akron, Buffalo, Ohio and Ball State have all secured an automatic BYE to Cleveland as the top 4 seeds in the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Akron has had the coveted one-seed for awhile and were the regular-season champions of the MAC, but the other three didn’t find out their fates until they hit the floor Friday night.

A ton of tiebreakers had to be put to good use to get it all worked out, but the results largely spoke for themselves:

  • Ball State 87, Northern Illinois 82 (Ball State jumped to 4-seed)
  • Western Michigan 88, Central Michigan 80 (CMU secured 11-seed)
  • Buffalo 80, Bowling Green 63 (Buffalo secured top 4 seed)
  • Toledo 60, Eastern Michigan 56 (Toledo secured 7-seed, host game)
  • Ohio 69, Miami 55 (Ohio secured top 4-seed)
  • Akron, Kent State (Kent State fell to 6-seed)

Here's the bracket as it currently looks:

Round 1 (on-campus, higher seed hosts)

#5 Western Michigan vs. #12 Miami (Monday at TBD)

#6 Kent State vs. #11 Central Michigan (Monday at TBD)

#7 Toledo vs. #10 Bowling Green (Monday at TBD)

#8 Eastern Michigan vs. #9 Northern Illinois (Monday at 7 p.m. EST)

Round 2 (Cleveland)

#1 Akron vs. winner of EMU/NIU (Thursday at noon ET)

#4 Ball State vs. winner of WMU/Miami (Thursday following #1 seed)

#2 Ohio vs. winner of Toledo/Bowling Green (Thursday at 6:30 p.m. EST)

#3 Buffalo vs. winner of Kent St./CMU (Thursday following #2 seed)

Semifinals (Cleveland)

Winner of Akron/EMU or NIU vs. winner of Ball St./WMUor Miami (Friday at 5:30 p.m.)

Winner of Ohio/Toledo or BGSU vs. winner of Buffalo/Kent ST. or CMU (Friday at 8:00 p.m.)

[both games aired on CBS Sports Network]

Championship game (Cleveland)

Winner of Semi-Final #1 vs Winner of Semi-Final #2 - 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.