Going into the Saturday's regular season finales, four Mid-American Conference teams have a chance to win their respective divisional titles. In the East, Kent and Bowling Green are tied for first place with identical 13-4 records while West Division co-leaders Toledo and Ball State are tied with 10-7 marks. Kent and Bowling Green have both secured first round byes for the MAC Tournament, while either Ball State or Toledo will earn the remaining bye. Teams who have clinched berths for first-round home games are Akron, Marshall, Ohio, either Ball State or Toledo, and the winner of the Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan game.
Kent closes out at Ohio in a noon game from the Convo in Athens, where a 10-7 (MAC record) Bobcat squad will try and extend its winning streak to four games. The Falcons conclude the regular season Saturday night at Marshall in a 7:00 tip-off versus a hot Thundering Herd team. Greg White's Marshall contingent has won four in a row and five of its last six and will be going for its 20th win overall.
Toledo is featured in a noon contest at Central Michigan and Ball State will be challenged with a road game at Western Michigan with a 2:00 start time. Northern Illinois plays at Eastern Michigan at 7:00, while Miami closes out the regular season with a 7:30 game at Buffalo.
Bowling Green 73, at Akron 72 - The Falcons' Anthony Stacey hit a clutch jump shot with 1.1 seconds remaining to give BG its 21st victory of the year in dramatic fashion. The victory keeps alive the Falcons' hopes of winning the school's first outright MAC championship since 1983. In 1997 BG shared the title with Miami. Stacey scored 20 points overall but it was Keith McLeod with his 26 points off the bench that sparked the Falcons early. Four Akron players reached double figures with Jami Bosley scoring 16, Jimmal Ball 15, George Phillips 13 and Ryan Adnrick 12. Ball's jumper had given the Zips a 72-71 lead with 11 seconds remaining.
Ball State 91, at Central Michigan 80 - Despite 51 points from sophomore David Webber, the Chippewas fell short at home against the Cardinals. Webber's 51 points is the sixth highest in MAC history, nine shy of the mark of 60 set in 1989 by Ohio's Dave Jamerson. Webber also established a Rose Arena record, eclipsing the former record of 49 points set by Larry Bird in 1977. Webber made 16-of-24 field goals, 7-of-9 three-point goals and 12-of-15 free throws. No other CMU player scored more than seven points. Ball State was paced by Patrick Jackson's 21 points, while Duane Clemens contributed 18 and Mickey Hosier 16.
Saturday, February 26
*Toledo at Central Michigan, Noon, MAC ESPN+ Syndication
*Kent at Ohio, Noon, MAC ESPN+ Syndication
*Ball State at Western Michigan, 2:00
*Bowling Green at Marshall, 7:00
*Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan, 7:00
*Miami at Buffalo, 7:30
end of regular season
MAC 2000 First Energy Tournament Schedule
Wednesday, March 1 at Campus Sites - First Round Games
No. 13 seed at No. 4 seed, time tba
No. 12 seed at No. 5 seed, time tba
No. 11 seed at No. 6 seed, time tba
No. 10 seed at No. 7 seed, time tba
No. 9 seed at No. 8 seed, time tba
Byes for No. 1, 2 and 3 seeds
Sunday, March 5 at Gund Arena
Game #1 - No. 1 seed vs.8/9 winner, Noon
Game #2 - No. 4/13 winner vs. No. 5/12 winner, 2:00*
Game #3 - No. 2 seed vs. No. 7/10 winner, 7:00
Game #4 - No. 3 seed vs. No. 6/11 winner, 9:00*
Monday, March 6 at Gund Arena
Game # 5 - Winner Games #1 and #2, 7:00, FOX Sports Net
Game # 6 - Winners Games #3 and #4, 9:00*, FOX Sports Net
Wednesday, March 8 at Gund Arena
MAC Championship Game