FirstEnergy MAC Men's Basketball First Round Games Tip-Off Tonight

Updated 3/11/2013


FirstEnergy MAC Men's Basketball Tournament - First Round
No. 9 Central Michigan (11-19, 4-12 MAC) at  No. 8 Buffalo (12-19, 7-9 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • Series tied at 12-12
• Buffalo will host Central Michigan in the first round of the FirstEnergy Mid-American Conference Tournament at Alumni Arena on Monday night. The No. 8 Bulls are 12-19 overall  and finished 7-9 in the MAC. TheBulls are looking toa dvance to Cleveland for the 10th straight year. UB’s Javon McCrea is the first player in school history to make 200 field goals in a season (219). He has made 39 more field goals than any other  player in the MAC (BG’s A’uston Calhoun has 180)...Central Michigan is the ninth seed. The Chippewas are 11-18 overall, 4-11 in the MAC and are coming off a 71-68 loss at Western Michigan on Saturday. Central Michigan is led by Kyle Randall who is averaging a league-best 18.3 points per game. 
No. 10 Northern Illinois (5-24, 3-13 MAC) at No. 7 Eastern Michigan (14-14, 7-8 MAC)
7 pm. ET • Northern Illinois leads series 50-33
• The seventh-seeded Eagles will host No. 10 seed Northern Illinois at the Convocation Center for a 7:04 p.m. tip time. The Eagles went 14-17 during the 2012-13 regular season campaign and 7-9 in conference play, Redshirt senior Derek Thompson is leading the offensive charge for the Green and White, posting 11.2 points per game, while redshirt junior Glenn Bryant is putting up 10.7. Daylen Harrison is averaging 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds, while fellow transfer Da’Shonte Riley has led Eastern on the glass, hauling in 5.7 rebounds a game this season. Freshman Jalen Ross has dished out 74 assists, good for 2.4 per game, which tops EMU. The Huskies come into Monday’s matchup with a record of 5-24 overall, while going 3-13 in conference play. NIU’s Aksel Bolin is averaging 11.3 points per game in the last three games, shooting 44.8 percent from the field.
No. 11 Miami (8-21, 3-13 MAC) at No. 6 Bowling Green (13-18, 7-9 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • Miami leads series 77-52
•  Bowling Green opens the MAC Tournament Monday night by hosting Miami in the first round at 7 p.m. The Falcons are the No. 6 seed for the MAC Tournament and Miami is the No. 11 seed. BGSU has dominated in the paint lately, scoring 94 points in the key over the past two games. Senior forward A’uston Calhoun and senior guard Jordon Crawford are one of three sets of teammates in the Mid-American Conference averaging at least 30.0 points per game combined at 30.4 points this year. Kent State’s Chris Evans and Randal Holt, along with Toledo’s Rian Pearson and Julius Brown, are at 31.0 points...This is the ninth time Miami and Bowling Green square off in MAC Tournament action with the RedHawks holding a 7-1 advantage in tournament meetings. The last time the teams met was in the quarterfinals of the 2005 tournament with Miami notching an 85-65 win. Miami Junior forward Jon Harris poured in a career-high 21 points at Akron on March 5, the first 20-point scoring effort of his career. Harris was 8-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range against the Zips. Will Felder leads the RedHawks with 11.6 ppg.