The Central Michigan Chippewas are the top seed but not the betting favorite at the online sportsbooks for the 2015 Mid-American Conference Tournament which gets underway on Monday at campus sites and wraps up at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on the weekend.
The Chippewas went 22-7 SU, 12-10 ATS, and 12-6 in conference play during the regular season, but they’re the second favorite at 5Dimes on the odds to win the MAC Tournament at +260. Instead, it’s No. 2 seed Buffalo that sits as the +120 favorite; the Bulls went 21-9 SU, 14-13 ATS, and 12-6 in the conference this season.
Central Michigan and Buffalo both get a bye into the tournament’s semifinals on Friday, while No. 3 Kent State and No. 4 Toledo both receive a bye into Thursday’s quarterfinals. Toledo sits third at +500 on the MAC Tournament odds at 5Dimes, with Kent State fourth at +900 on those betting lines at the sportsbook.
Meanwhile, the other eight schools are in action in first-round matchups on Monday, with No. 5 Bowling Green vs. No. 12 Ball State, No. 8 Eastern Michigan vs. No. 9 Miami-Ohio, No. 6 Western Michigan vs. No. 11 Ohio, and No. 7 Akron vs. No. 10 Northern Illinois. Bowling Green at +1200 has the best MAC Tournament odds of those schools.
MAC Conference Tournament Odds at 5Dimes
Central Michigan +260
Kent State +900
Bowling Green +1200
Western Michigan +2000
Eastern Michigan +2200
Northern Illinois +10000
Miami Ohio +50000
Ball State +100000
MAC Conference Tournament Schedule
Opening Rounds – March 9, 11
Quarterfinals – March 12
Semifinals – March 13
Championship Game – March 14
After winning their quarterfinal matchup on Thursday Akron will next face the top seed in MAC Tournament betting action as they take on Western Michigan in a college basketball odds matchup on Friday.
Akron got past Ohio 83-77 in the quarterfinals on Thursday, while Eastern Michigan knocked off Buffalo 69-64. That has Friday’s semifinal contests at the MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Akron vs. Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan vs. Toledo.
MAC Tournament betting action gets underway on Monday with opening-round matchups on the schedule, with schools on the hunt for a berth in the tournament’s title game on Saturday night.
Monday’s opening-round matchups are No. 12 Ball State vs. No. 5 Ohio, No. 9 Kent State vs. No. 8 Miami-Ohio, No. 11 Central Michigan vs. No. 6 Eastern Michigan, and No. 10 Bowling Green vs. No. 7 Northern Illinois. Each of those games will tip off at campus sites.
No. 3 Buffalo and No. 4 Akron both have a bye into third-round MAC Conference Tournament odds action at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday, while No. 1 Western Michigan and No. 2 Toledo won’t hit the hardwood until the semifinals of the event on Friday.
MAC Conference Tournament Odds at 5Dimes
Western Michigan +325
Eastern Michigan +1000
Kent State +2800
Bowling Green +7000
Northern Illinois +9000
Miami OH +9500
Central Michigan +45000
Ball State +200000
MAC Conference Tournament Schedule
Opening Rounds – March 10,12,13
Semifinals – March 14
Championship Game – March 15
No. 4 Kent State eked out a 70-68 win over Buffalo on Thursday to advance into Friday’s MAC semifinals. Kent State will take on No. 1 Akron in that game. Akron is 5-1 SU and 4-1-1 ATS in its last six games against Kent State, but Kent State did pick up a road upset in their last meeting.
No. 3 Western Michigan had it a bit easier on Thursday, cruising to a comfortable 70-55 win over Eastern Michigan. Western Michigan will face No. 2 Ohio in Friday’s semifinals. Ohio is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS in its last five games against Western Michigan.
No. 8 Buffalo knocked off higher-seeded No. 5 Ball State Wednesday and made it look easy in a 76-61 blowout in MAC Tournament action. Buffalo will now take on No. 4 Kent State in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Kent State is 5-1 SU and 4-1-1 ATS in its last six games against Buffalo.
No. 7 Eastern Michigan also advanced into the quarterfinals Wednesday with a 58-47 win over No. 11 Miami (Ohio). Eastern Michigan will face No. 3 Western Michigan in the late quarterfinal match. Eastern Michigan is 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in its last four games against its in-state rival.
No. 8 Buffalo advanced to the second round in MAC Championship Tournament betting action in a nail-biter on Monday over No. 9 Central Michigan.
Buffalo is now set to take on No. 5 Ball State on Tuesday.
Ball State is 5-3 SU and ATS in its last eight games against Buffalo, but Buffalo is 2-0 SU and ATS in their last two meetings. No. 7 Eastern Michigan defeated No. 10 Northern Illinois and No. 11 Miami (Ohio) upset No. 6 Bowling Green on Monday to set the stage for an Eastern Michigan vs. Miami (Ohio) second-round matchup on Tuesday.
Northern Illinois is 2-0 SU and ATS in its last two games against Miami (Ohio). [ MAC matchup reports ]
Two of the last three Mid-American Conference tournaments have ended with a matchup between Ohio and Akron in the MAC Championship Game, and that result is favored once again in this year’s tournament at the sportsbooks.
No. 2 Ohio is favored to win the MAC Tournament at -130. Finishing the season with a 14-2 SU conference record and a 23-8 SU record overall, Ohio has won the MAC Tournament twice in the last three years by defeating Akron in the finals each time the two teams have clashed there.
No. 1 Akron (+180) also finished the season with a 14-2 SU conference record, and earned the tie-breaker with two wins over Ohio this year.
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Akron has advanced to the MAC Championship Game in each of the last four seasons, winning it twice in the two years that Ohio didn’t advance as well.
Both of Ohio and Akron earned byes into the semifinals for finishing the season as the MAC’s top two seeds. Conference tournament action kicks off Monday with three first-round games.
No. 8 Buffalo is expected to advance into the second round as it takes on No. 9 Central Michigan on Monday. Central Michigan had just a 4-12 SU record in the conference this season. Buffalo is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in its last four games against Central Michigan.
The winner of this game will take on No. 5 Ball State in the second round on Wednesday.
No. 7 Eastern Michigan should have no trouble with No. 10 Northern Illinois on Monday. Northern Illinois was just 5-24 SU overall this season and lost by double-digits in both of its games against Eastern Michigan.
No. 6 Bowling Green wraps up the first-round action with a game against No. 11 Miami (Ohio). Miami (Ohio) was just 3-13 SU in the conference this year, but one of those wins did come against Bowling Green. The winner of this game will face the winner of Eastern Michigan vs. Northern Illinois.
No. 3 Western Michigan and No. 4 Kent State have byes into the quarterfinals. Toledo is not participating in this year’s tournament due to poor academic performance.
Mid-American Conference Tournament Odds – courtesy of 5Dimes:
Kent State +650
Western Michigan +1200
Bowling Green +5000
Eastern Michigan +20000
Ball State +20000
Miami Ohio +30000
Central Michigan +50000
Northern Illinois +100000
Monday, March 11 – First Round
7:00 PM ET – No. 9 Central Michigan vs. No. 8 Buffalo (Game 1)
7:01 PM ET – No. 10 Northern Illinois vs. No. 7 Eastern Michigan (Game 2)
7:02 PM ET – No. 11 Miami (Ohio) vs. No. 6 Bowling Green (Game 3)
Wednesday, March 13 – Second Round
6:30 PM ET – Game 1 Winner vs. No. 5 Ball State (Game 4)
9:00 PM ET – Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner (Game 5)
Thursday, March 14 – Quarterfinals
6:30 PM ET – Game 4 Winner vs. No. 4 Kent State (Game 6)
9:00 PM ET – Game 5 Winner vs. No. 3 Western Michigan (Game 7)
Friday, March 15 – Semifinals
6:30 PM ET – Game 6 Winner vs. No. 1 Akron
9:00 PM ET – Game 7 Winner vs. No. 2 Ohio
Saturday, March 16 – Championship Game
6:30 PM ET – Semifinal Winners