2009 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament

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2009 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament
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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 (1st title)
Winning coach Keith Dambrot (1st title)
MVP Nate Linhart (Akron)
Television ESPN2, Fox Sports Net
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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