2019 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament

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2019 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season2018–19
Teams12
SiteQuicken Loans Arena
Cleveland, Ohio
First round siteCampus sites
ChampionsBuffalo (4th title)
Winning coachNate Oats (3rd title)
MVPJeremy Harris (Buffalo)
TelevisionCBSSN, ESPN2, ESPN+, FCS
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2018–19 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
No. 15 Buffalo 16 2   .889     32 4   .889
Bowling Green 12 6   .667     22 12   .647
Kent State 11 7   .611     22 11   .667
Akron 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
Miami (OH) 7 11   .389     15 17   .469
Ohio 6 12   .333     14 17   .452
West
Toledo 13 5   .722     25 8   .758
Central Michigan 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Eastern Michigan 9 9   .500     15 17   .469
Northern Illinois 8 10   .444     17 17   .500
Ball State 6 12   .333     16 17   .485
Western Michigan 2 16   .111     8 24   .250
2019 MAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2019 Mid-American Conference men's basketball tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Tournament first-round games were held on campus sites at the higher seed on March 11. The remaining rounds were held at Quicken Loans Arena, now known as Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, in Cleveland, Ohio March 14–16, 2019.[1] Buffalo defeated Bowling Green in the championship game to become the 2019 MAC tournament champions, and received the conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Tournament.[2]

Seeds[edit]

All 12 MAC teams participated in the tournament. Teams were seeded by record within the conference, with a tiebreaker system to seed teams with identical conference records. The top four teams received a bye to the quarterfinals.

Seed School Conference
record
Division Tiebreaker
1 Buffalo 16–2 East
2 Toledo 13–5 West
3 Bowling Green 12–6 East
4 Kent State 11–7 East
5 Central Michigan 10–8 West
6 Eastern Michigan 9–9 West
7 Northern Illinois 8–10 West No. 1: 1–1 vs. Akron
No. 2: 1–0 (1.000) vs. No. 1 UB
8 Akron 8–10 East No. 1: 1–1 vs. NIU
No. 2: 0–2 (.000) vs. No. 1 UB
9 Miami (OH) 7–11 East
10 Ohio 6–12 East 2–0 vs. BSU
11 Ball State 6–12 West 0–2 vs. Ohio
12 Western Michigan 2–16 West

Schedule[edit]

Game Time Matchup Score Television
First round – Monday March 11 – Campus sites
1 8:00 pm No. 9 Miami (OH) at No. 8 Akron 51–80 ESPN+
2 7:00 pm No. 12 Western Michigan at No. 5 Central Michigan 67–81
3 9:00 pm No. 10 Ohio at No. 7 Northern Illinois 61–80
4 7:00 pm No. 11 Ball State at No. 6 Eastern Michigan 61–43
Quarterfinals – Thursday March 14 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
5 12:00 pm No. 8 Akron vs. No. 1 Buffalo 46–82 ESPN+
6 2:30 pm No. 5 Central Michigan vs. No. 4 Kent State 89–81
7 6:30 pm No. 7 Northern Illinois vs No. 2 Toledo 80–76
8 9:00 pm No. 11 Ball State vs. No. 3 Bowling Green 86–99
Semifinals – Friday March 15 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
9 6:30 pm No. 5 Central Michigan vs. No. 1 Buffalo 81–85 CBSSN
10 9:00 pm No. 7 Northern Illinois vs. No. 3 Bowling Green 67–71 Fox College Sports
Championship – Saturday March 16 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
11 7:30 pm No. 3 Bowling Green vs. No. 1 Buffalo 73–87 ESPN2/WatchESPN
Game times in ET. Rankings denote tournament seed

Bracket[edit]

  First round
Monday, March 11
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 14
Semifinals
Friday, March 15
Championship
Saturday, March 16
                                     
       
  1 Buffalo 82  
    8 Akron 46  
8 Akron 80
9 Miami (OH) 51  
  1 Buffalo 85  
  5 Central Michigan 81  
       
       
  4 Kent State 81
    5 Central Michigan 89  
5 Central Michigan 81
12 Western Michigan 67  
  1 Buffalo 87
  3 Bowling Green 73
       
       
  2 Toledo 76
    7 Northern Illinois 80  
7 Northern Illinois 80
10 Ohio 61  
  7 Northern Illinois 67
  3 Bowling Green 71  
       
       
  3 Bowling Green 99
    11 Ball State 86  
6 Eastern Michigan 43
11 Ball State 61  

* denotes overtime period

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 MAC Men's Basketball Championship". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Gaughan, Mark (March 17, 2019). "Go ahead, UB fans: Dream big, because the Bulls have a shot to make noise". The Buffalo News. Retrieved March 18, 2019.