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MAC Tournament bracket and schedule: Buffalo enters as top seed and heavy favorite

Can the MAC find a way to get two bids?

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NCAA Basketball: Akron at Buffalo Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo has been the biggest story in the MAC, and rightfully so. The Bulls (16-2) have been a nationally ranked team for much of the season, and are virtually a lock for the NCAA Tournament whether they win the MAC Tournament or not. As the No. 1 seed in the MAC Tournament, the path via automatic bid seems like the most likely option.

On the other side of the bracket, the Bulls biggest threats come from a talented Toledo (13-5) team and a Bowling Green (12-6) squad that handed Buffalo one of its two losses in conference play. It should be a fun week in Cleveland that results in another dominant Buffalo run or a two-bid MAC.

Tournament Bracket

MAC Sports

How to Watch

First Round (Mon., March 11)

ESPN+ ($) will stream all four games.

Game 1: No. 9 Miami OH at No. 8 Akron, 8 p.m.

Game 2: No. 12 Western Michigan at No. 5 Central Michigan, 7 p.m.

Game 3: No. 10 Ohio at No. 7 Northern Illinois, 9 p.m.

Game 4: No. 11 Ball State at No. 6 Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m.

Quarterfinals (Thu., March 14)

ESPN+ ($) will stream all four games.

Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. No. 1 Buffalo, 12 p.m.

Game 6: Game 2 Winner vs. No. 4 Kent State, approx. 2:30 p.m.

Game 7: Game 3 Winner vs. No. 2 Toledo, 6:30 p.m.

Game 8: Game 4 Winner vs. No. 3 Bowling Green, approx. 9 p.m.

Semifinals (Fri., March 15)

Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, approx. 9 p.m. (Fox College Sports Atlantic/FS Go)

Championship (Sat., March 16)

Game 11: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)