Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
2012 MAC Tournament Logo.jpg
Sport Basketball
Conference Mid-American Conference
Number of teams 12
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Quicken Loans Arena
Current location Cleveland, Ohio
Played 1980–present
Last contest 2014
Current champion Western Michigan Broncos
Most championships Ball State Cardinals (7)
TV partner(s) SportsTime Ohio, ESPN2
Official website MAC-Sports.com men's basketball
Sponsors
FirstEnergy

The Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the postseason single-elimination tournament for the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference (MAC). The winner of the tournament receives the MAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Each of the 12 men's basketball teams in the MAC are eligible for the tournament. Since 2000, the MAC Tournament has been held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The finals are broadcast on ESPN2 and the semi and quarterfinals were broadcast on Fox Sports Net. SportsTime Ohio took over as broadcaster of the quarterfinals and semifinals beginning with the 2011 tournament.

The tournament was first played in 1980, when it was won by Toledo. Ball State has won the most tournaments with seven and Akron is the current tournament champion. No team has ever won the tournament three consecutive years; Ball State and Kent State have each won the tournament in two consecutive seasons.

Format[edit]

The MAC announced a new format beginning with the 2012 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament. With the new format, seeding is determined by winning percentage, regardless of conference division. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds receive byes straight to the semifinals, with the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds beginning tournament play in the quarterfinals. Teams seeded 5–12 play an additional two rounds. First round games are played at the home sites of the higher seeds, with the remaining rounds being contested at Quicken Loans Arena.[1] With the new format, a team seeded fifth or lower has to win four games in six days, while playing five games in eight days, to win the conference tournament. The division winners are guaranteed to receive a seed not lower than four. Previously the division winners were guaranteed a least a No. 2 seed.[2]

Historical formats[edit]

From 2002 through 2011, each of the 12 men's basketball teams in the MAC received a berth in the conference tournament. 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 No. 1 seed. First round games were played at the home sites of the higher seeds, with the remaining rounds being contested at Quicken Loans Arena.

From 1980 through 1988, seven teams qualified for the three-round tournament. The No. 1 seed received a bye into the semifinals. In 1989, an eighth team was added and each of the teams participated in all three rounds. In 2000, the tournament was expanded to four rounds and included all 13 teams in the league. The top three teams received byes into the quarterfinals. In 2002, the tournament field was reduced to 12 teams and the current format was adopted.[3]

Tournament champions[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up Tournament MVP Venue City
1980 Toledo 85–70 Bowling Green Jim Swaney, Toledo Crisler Arena (first round on-campus) Ann Arbor, Michigan
1981 Ball State 79–66 Northern Illinois Ray McCallum, Ball State Crisler Arena (first round on-campus) Ann Arbor, Michigan
1982 Northern Illinois 79–75 (OT) Ball State Allen Rayhorn, Northern Illinois Crisler Arena (first round on-campus) Ann Arbor, Michigan
1983 Ohio 59–56 Bowling Green John Devereux, Ohio On-campus (championship at Anderson Arena) Bowling Green, Ohio
1984 Miami 42–40 Kent State Chuck Stahl, Miami MetroCentre Rockford, Illinois
1985 Ohio 74–64 Miami Ron Harper, Miami Centennial Hall Toledo, Ohio
1986 Ball State 87–79 Miami Dan Palombizio, Ball State MetroCentre Rockford, Illinois
1987 Central Michigan 64–63 Kent State Dan Majerle, Central Michigan Centennial Hall Toledo, Ohio
1988 Eastern Michigan 94–80 Ohio Grant Long, Eastern Michigan Centennial Hall (first round on-campus) Toledo, Ohio
1989 Ball State 67–65 Kent State Billy Butts, Ball State Centennial Hall Toledo, Ohio
1990 Ball State 78–56 Central Michigan Billy Butts, Ball State Cobo Arena Detroit, Michigan
1991 Eastern Michigan 67–66 Toledo Marcus Kennedy, Eastern Michigan Cobo Arena Detroit, Michigan
1992 Miami 58–57 Ball State Bill Gillis, Ball State Cobo Arena Detroit, Michigan
1993 Ball State 79–64 Western Michigan Steve Payne, Ball State Battelle Hall Columbus, Ohio
1994 Ohio 89–66 Miami Gary Trent, Ohio Battelle Hall (first round on-campus) Columbus, Ohio
1995 Ball State 77–70 Eastern Michigan Steve Payne, Ball State Savage Hall (first round on-campus) Toledo, Ohio
1996 Eastern Michigan 77–63 Toledo Brian Tolbert, Eastern Michigan SeaGate Convention Centre (first round on-campus) Toledo, Ohio
1997 Miami 96–76 Eastern Michigan Devin Davis, Miami SeaGate Convention Centre (first round on-campus) Toledo, Ohio
1998 Eastern Michigan 92–77 Miami Earl Boykins, Eastern Michigan SeaGate Convention Centre (first round on-campus) Toledo, Ohio
1999 Kent State 49–43 Miami John Whorton, Kent State SeaGate Convention Centre (first round on-campus) Toledo, Ohio
2000 Ball State 61–58 Miami Duane Clemens, Ball State Gund Arena (first round on-campus) Cleveland, Ohio
2001 Kent State 67–61 Miami Trevor Huffman, Kent State Gund Arena (first round on-campus) Cleveland, Ohio
2002 Kent State 70–59 Bowling Green Trevor Huffman, Kent State Gund Arena (first round on-campus) Cleveland, Ohio
2003 Central Michigan 77–72 Kent State Chris Kaman, Central Michigan Gund Arena (first round on-campus) Cleveland, Ohio
2004 Western Michigan 77–66 Kent State Mike Williams, Western Michigan Gund Arena (first round on-campus) Cleveland, Ohio
2005 Ohio 80–79 (OT) Buffalo Leon Williams, Ohio Gund Arena (first round on-campus) Cleveland, Ohio
2006 Kent State 71–66 Toledo Kevin Warzynski, Kent State Quicken Loans Arena (first round on-campus) Cleveland, Ohio
2007 Miami 53–52 Akron Tim Pollitz, Miami Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, Ohio
2008 Kent State 74–55 Akron Haminn Quaintance, Kent State Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, Ohio
2009 Akron 65–53 Buffalo Nate Linhart, Akron Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, Ohio
2010 Ohio 81–75 (OT) Akron Armon Bassett, Ohio Quicken Loans Arena (first round on-campus) Cleveland, Ohio
2011 Akron 66–65 (OT) Kent State Zeke Marshall, Akron Quicken Loans Arena (first round on-campus) Cleveland, Ohio
2012 Ohio 64–63 Akron D. J. Cooper, Ohio Quicken Loans Arena (first round on-campus) Cleveland, Ohio
2013 Akron 65–46 Ohio Demetrius Treadwell, Akron Quicken Loans Arena (first round on-campus) Cleveland, Ohio
2014 Western Michigan 98–77 Toledo David Brown, Western Michigan Quicken Loans Arena (first round on-campus) Cleveland, Ohio

Performance by school[edit]

School Championships Winning years Appearances W L Pct
Ball State 7 1981, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 2000 33 37 27 .578
Ohio 6 1983, 1985, 1994, 2005, 2010, 2012 33 38 26 .594
Kent State 5 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008 32 34 27 .557
Miami 4 1984, 1992, 1997, 2007 33 38 28 .576
Eastern Michigan 4 1988, 1991, 1996, 1998 33 25 28 .472
Akron 3 2009, 2011, 2013 17 20 13 .606
Central Michigan 2 1987, 2003 22 14 20 .412
Western Michigan 2 2004, 2014 29 20 29 .408
Toledo 1 1980 30 26 28 .481
Northern Illinois 1 1982 20 10 18 .357
Buffalo 0 15 11 14 .440
Bowling Green 0 32 19 31 .380
Marshall * 0 8 5 8 .385

* No longer member of MAC

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