No Miami, but the women's MAC tournament thread

They are starting games an hour earlier in the day than traditionally.

Wednesday ESPN+
Game 1 11:00 #1 Toledo vs #8 Ohio ( gave Toledo their only conference loss)
Game 2 1:30 #4 NIU vs #5 Ball State
Game 3 4:00 #2 Buffalo vs #7 Western Michigan
Game 4 6:30 #3 Akron vs #6 Bowling Green
A point of contention here… #8 Ohio has a 9-10 record, #9 Kent had a 10-10 record, yet was eliminated by the MAC’s Covid tiebreaker procedure. This is totally stupid, IMO.

Friday Semifinals ESPN+

Game 5 10:00 Winner of game 1 vs Winner of game 2
Game 6 12:30 Winner of game 3 vs Winner of game 4

Saturday Championship game CBSSN
Game 7 11:00 Winner of game 5 vs Winner of game 6

In case you did not hear about the covid tiebreaker, if a team plays one less game and is 1 win short , they will be considered tied and the tiebreaker rules go into effect. In this case WM and Kent were 10-10, Ohio was 9-10. The result of the 3-way tiebreaker dropped Kent to the #9 seed and eliminated them, despite having a better winning percentage.

The Toledo-Ohio matchup is interesting as Toledo went 19-1 in the league, but lost at home to Ohio and beat Ohio by only 3 points in Athens. Last year Ohio lost in the MAC championship game and had all 5 starters back and were preseason picks for first place, but had a losing record in MAC play. Kent was eliminated by this rule, but actually has a good enough record and NET to possibly make the WNIT.

Thank you for sharing. That definitely sucks for Kent. I get the intent of the rule, but sucks when it knocks someone out.

Not MAC tournament… but they just wrapped up the 1st quarter of the Oklahoma State/Baylor game in the Big 12 tourney.

Baylor leads 23-0. Yes, the Bears pitched a shutout for the first quarter.

Toledo didn’t win the tournament. Went 19-1 in the MAC in the regular season, 26-5 overall. Headed to the WNIT while teams with losing conference records got at-large bids.