Wednesday's Women's Basketball Preview

Updated 3/6/2013


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Northern Illinois (7-21, 2-13 MAC) at Western Michigan (9-19, 5-10 MAC)
7 PM • Western Michigan leads 28-20
• Northern Illinois travels to Kalamazoo looking to build momentum as it heads into the 2013 Mid-American Conference Tournament. The Huskies are currently the 10th seed and would open tournament play in Buffalo.
•Following a loss at Ball State and a Buffalo win over Kent State, the Broncos have been locked in to the ninth-seed for the 2013 MAC Basketball Tournament.
Ball State (15-13, 12-3 MAC) at #25 Toledo (26-2, 14-1 MAC)
7 PM • Toledo leads 50-18
TV Coverage: BCSN
• With the victory over the Broncos, the Cardinals have clinched the automatic bye to the 2013 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland for the first time since 2009.  The Cardinals have swept four conference series this season with two wins over Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Western Michigan.
• Toledo enters tomorrow’s division showdown in the midst of a 14-game win streak, tied for the third-longest unbeaten stretch in school history, following Sunday’s 48-38 triumph vs. Eastern Michigan.
Miami (17-11, 9-6 MAC) at Ohio (6-21, 1-14 MAC)
7 PM • Miami leads 50-25
• With a 9-6 record, Miami would currently be the sixth seed. The ‘Hawks can move up to the fifth seed with a win on Wednesday and a loss by Bowling Green to Kent State. They could fall to the seventh seed if they lose to Ohio and Buffalo defeats Akron.
• If the season ended today, Ohio would have either the 11th or 12th seed in the Mid-American Conference, pending the result of a coin flip with Kent State. If 12th, the Bobcats would play at Bowling Green on March 9. If 11th, the Bobcats would play at Miami on March 9.
Bowling Green (19-9, 10-5 MAC) at Kent State (3-25, 1-14 MAC)
7 PM • Bowling Green leads 48-28
• The Falcons beat KSU on Wednesday night, AND Akron and Central Michigan both lose, in such a case, the Falcons, the Zips and the Chippewas would be tied for third ... BGSU would win the tiebreaker on the basis of head-to-head record with the other schools involved in the tie (BGSU 2-1; CMU 1-1; Akron 1-2).
• If things remain the same in terms of seeding for the MAC Tournament after Wednesday’s games, Kent State and Ohio would be tied for 11th place.
Central Michigan (17-11, 11-4 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (8-20, 6-9 MAC)
7 PM • Central Michigan leads 39-32
• A win Wednesday at Eastern Michigan will guarantee a trip to Quicken Loans Arena and the FirstEnergy MAC Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio March 13-16. The Chippewas currently are slotted as the No. 3 seed and can finish in seeds 3-5.
• EMU has earned the eighth seed in the field and finds itself pitted with the ninth-seeded Broncos of Western Michigan University in a FirstEnergy MAC Tournament first-round contest Saturday, March 9, here in Ypsilanti since the Eagles hold the tiebreaker over the Broncos. 
Akron (20-8, 11-4 MAC) at Buffalo (10-18, 8-7 MAC)
7 PM • Buffalo leads 20-15
• A win over Buffalo would give Akron the outright MAC East Division regular season title. It has been eight years (2004-05) since a team other than Bowling Green has won the East Division.
• A suffocating defense paved the way for a record offensive performance as Buffalo scored a season-high 81 points in the win.  The Bulls recorded 50 points in the second half, their most since the second half of last year’s home game against the Golden Flashes