2008 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament

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2008 MAC Men's
Basketball Tournament
2008 Tournament Logo
2008 Tournament Logo
Classification Division I
Season 2007–08
Teams 12
Site Quicken Loans Arena
Cleveland, Ohio
Champions Kent State (5th title)
Winning coach Jim Christian (2nd title)
MVP Haminn Quaintance Kent State
Top scorer Michael Bramos Miami
(50 points)
Television FSN Ohio, ESPN2
Post-MAC
tournament(s)
2008 NIT, 2008 NCAA,
2008 CBI
MAC Men's
Basketball Tournaments
«2007  2009»

The 2008 Mid-American Conference men's basketball tournament was won by the #1 seed Kent State Golden Flashes, who defeated their arch-rival and #3 seed Akron Zips 74–55[1] in front of 12,942 fans.[2] Kent State center Haminn Quaintance led all scorers with 16 points and was named the tournament MVP.[3]

The tournament took place March 12 through March 15 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. FSN Ohio televised the quarterfinals and semifinals while ESPN2 broadcast the tournament championship nationally.

Format[edit]

Each of the 12 men's basketball teams in the MAC received a berth in the conference tournament. Teams were seeded by conference record with the following tie-breakers:

  • Head-to-head competition
  • Winning percentage vs. ranked conference teams (top to bottom, regardless of division, vs. common opponents regardless of the number of times played)
  • Coin flip

The top four seeds received byes into the quarterfinals. The winners of each division were awarded the #1 and #2 seeds. The team with the best record of the two received the #1 seed.


2007–08 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Kent State 13 3   .813     28 7   .800
Akron 11 5   .688     24 11   .686
Ohio 9 7   .563     20 13   .606
Miami 9 7   .563     17 16   .515
Bowling Green 7 9   .438     13 16   .448
Buffalo 3 13   .188     10 20   .333
West
Western Michigan 12 4   .750     20 12   .625
Central Michigan 8 8   .500     14 17   .452
Eastern Michigan 8 8   .500     14 17   .452
Toledo 7 8   .467     11 19   .367
Ball State 5 11   .313     6 24   .200
Northern Illinois 3 12   .200     6 22   .214
2008 MAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Tiebreakers[edit]

  • Ohio received No. 4 seed based on 1–1 record vs. No. 1 Kent State; Miami was 0–2 vs. Kent State. Ohio and Miami split the season series 1–1.
  • Central Michigan received No. 6 seed based on 1–0 record vs. No. 3 Akron; EMU was 0–1 vs. Akron. CMU and EMU split the season series 1–1 and had the same record vs. No. 1 Kent State (0–1) and No. 2 WMU (1–1).

Bracket[edit]

  First Round
Wednesday, March 12
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 13
Semifinals
Friday, March 14
Final
Saturday, March 15
                                     
        
  1  Kent State 77  
    8  Toledo 57  
8  Toledo 52
9  Bowling Green 48  
  1  Kent State 49  
  5  Miami 47  
        
        
  4  Ohio 61
    5  Miami 74  
5  Miami 69
12  Buffalo 68  
  1  Kent State 74
  3  Akron 55
        
        
  2  Western Michigan 70
    7  Eastern Michigan 61  
7  Eastern Michigan 59
10  Ball State 55  
  2  Western Michigan 62
  3  Akron 73  
        
        
  3  Akron 81
    6  Central Michigan 60  
6  Central Michigan 83
11  Northern Illinois 71  

All-tournament team[edit]

  • Al Fisher (Kent State)
  • Haminn Quaintance (Kent State)
  • Joe Reitz (Western Michigan)
  • Mike Scott (Kent State)
  • Jeremiah Wood (Akron)[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Withers, Tom (2008-03-15). "Kent State knocks off Akron". www.ohio.com. Associated Press/Akron Beacon-Journal. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  2. ^ Kent State Athletic Communications (2008-03-15). "Official Basketball Box Score Akron vs Kent State". www.kentstatesports.com. Kent State University. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  3. ^ a b Maxse, Joe (2008-03-15). "MAC insider". www.cleveland.com. The Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 

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