2009 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament

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2009 MAC Men's
Basketball Tournament
Logo for the 2009 Mid-American Conference tournament
Logo for the 2009 Mid-American Conference tournament
Classification Division I
Season 2008–09
Teams 12
Site Quicken Loans Arena
Cleveland, Ohio
Champions Akron Zips (1 title)
Winning coach Keith Dambrot (1 title)
MVP Nate Linhart Akron
Television ESPN2, Fox Sports Net
Post-MAC
tournament(s)
2009 NIT, 2009 NCAA,
2009 CBI, 2009 CIT
MAC Men's
Basketball Tournaments
«2008  2010»

The 2009 Mid-American Conference men's basketball tournament is the post-season basketball tournament for the Mid-American Conference (MAC) 2008–2009 season. The winner of the tournament receives the MAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament.

Format[edit]

Each of the 12 men's basketball teams in the MAC receives a berth in the conference tournament. Teams are 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 receive byes into the quarterfinals. The winners of each division are awarded the #1 and #2 seeds. The team with the best record of the two receives the #1 seed.

Bracket[edit]

2008–09 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Bowling Green 11 5   .688     19 14   .576
Buffalo 11 5   .688     21 12   .636
Miami 10 6   .625     17 13   .567
Akron 10 6   .625     23 13   .639
Kent State 10 6   .625     19 15   .559
Ohio 7 9   .438     15 17   .469
West
Ball State 7 9   .438     14 17   .452
Central Michigan 7 9   .438     12 19   .387
Western Michigan 7 9   .438     10 21   .323
Eastern Michigan 6 10   .375     8 24   .250
Northern Illinois 5 11   .313     10 20   .333
Toledo 5 11   .313     7 25   .219
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll


  First Round
Tuesday, March 10
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 12
Semifinals
Friday, March 13
Final
Saturday, March 14
                                     
        
  1  Bowling Green 74  
    9  Ohio 61  
8  Western Michigan 55
9  Ohio 62  
  1  Bowling Green 55  
  5  Akron 63  
        
        
  4  Miami 63
    5  Akron 73  
5  Akron 93*
12  Toledo 92  
  5  Akron 65
  3  Buffalo 53
        
        
  2  Ball State 64*
    7  Central Michigan 61  
7  Central Michigan 62
10  Eastern Michigan 49  
  2  Ball State 52
  3  Buffalo 64  
        
        
  3  Buffalo 65
    6  Kent State 62  
6  Kent State 64
11  Northern Illinois 61  

* Overtime

Tiebreakers[edit]

Seeds[edit]

Seed Team Record Tiebreaker #1 Tiebreaker #2 Tiebreaker #3 Tiebreaker #4 Tiebreaker #5
1 Bowling Green 11–5 2–0 head-to-head
2 Ball State 7–9 Division champ
3 Buffalo 11–5 0–2 head-to-head
4 Miami 10–6 3–1 head-to-head
5 Akron 10–6 2–2 head-to-head
6 Kent State 10–6 1–3 head-to-head
7 Central Michigan 7–9 2–1 head-to-head 1–1 head-to-head 0–1 vs. #1 BGSU 0–1 vs. #2 Buffalo 1–0 vs. #3 Miami
8 Western Michigan 7–9 2–1 head-to-head 1–1 head-to-head 0–1 vs. #1 BGSU 0–1 vs. #2 Buffalo 0–1 vs. #3 Miami
9 Ohio 7–9 0–2 head-to-head
10 Eastern Michigan 6–10 1–1 head-to-head 1–0 vs. #1 BGSU
11 Northern Illinois 6–10 1–1 head-to-head 0–1 vs. #1 BGSU
12 Toledo 1–15

West Division[edit]

Team Record Tiebreaker #1 Tiebreaker #2 Tiebreaker #3
Ball State 7–9 2–2 head-to-head 0–1 vs. #1 BGSU 1–0 vs. #2 Buffalo
Central Michigan 7–9 2–2 head-to-head 0–1 vs. #1 BGSU 0–1 vs. #2 Buffalo
Western Michigan 7–9 2–2 head-to-head 0–1 vs. #1 BGSU 0–1 vs. #2 Buffalo