Michigan teams miss out on 2021 MAC men’s basketball tournament


Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan are among the four teams who did not qualify for the 2021 MAC mens basketball tournament. Last-place Northern Illinois also did not qualify. The conference adopted an eight-team format for its mens and womens basketball tournament this year, with all games in Cleveland. Past tournaments included all 12 teams participating, with the top four receiving first-round byes to Cleveland and the remaining eight starting with first round games at campus sites. Even if a team must opt out prior to the start of the tournament due to COVID-19 concerns, a replacement team will not be selected, per conference protocol. 2021 MAC Mens Basketball TournamentRocket Mortgage FieldHouse, ClevelandThursday, March 11QuarterfinalsGame 1. No. 1 Toledo vs. No. 8 Ball State, 11. 00 a. m. ET ESPNGame 2. No. 4 Kent State vs. No. 5 Ohio, Time TBA ESPNGame 3. No. 2 Buffalo vs. No. 7 Miami, Time TBA ESPNGame 4. No. 3 Akron vs. No. 6 Bowling Green, Time TBA ESPNFriday, March 12SemifinalsGame 5. Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 5. 00 p. m. ET CBS Sports NetworkGame 6. Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, Time TBA CBS Sports NetworkSaturday, March 13ChampionshipGame 7. Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 7. 30 p. m. ET ESPN2Minimum 30 minutes between completion of prior game in the session

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