2008 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament
|2008 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament|
2008 Tournament Logo
|Site||Quicken Loans Arena
|Champions||Kent State (5th title)|
|Winning coach||Jim Christian (2nd title)|
|MVP||Haminn Quaintance (Kent State)|
|Top scorer||Michael Bramos (Miami)
|Television||FSN Ohio, ESPN2|
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 in front of 12,942 fans. Kent State center Haminn Quaintance led all scorers with 16 points and was named the tournament MVP.
The basketball 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.
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|
|† 2008 MAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
- 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).
Wednesday, March 12
Thursday, March 13
Friday, March 14
Saturday, March 15
- Al Fisher (Kent State)
- Haminn Quaintance (Kent State)
- Joe Reitz (Western Michigan)
- Mike Scott (Kent State)
- Jeremiah Wood (Akron)
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