- Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Conference Basketball Championship Sport Basketball Conference Mid-American Conference Number of teams 12 Format Single-elimination tournament Current stadium Quicken Loans Arena Current location Cleveland, Ohio Played 1980–present Last contest 2011 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament Current champion Akron Zips Most championships Ball State Cardinals (7) TV partner(s) SportsTime Ohio, ESPN2 Official website MAC-Sports.com men's basketball Sponsors FirstEnergy
The Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the postseason single-elimination tournament for the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference (MAC). The winner of the tournament receives the MAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Each of the 12 men's basketball teams in the MAC are eligible for the tournament. Since 2000, the MAC Tournament has been held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The finals are broadcast on ESPN2 and the semi and quarterfinals were broadcast on Fox Sports Net. SportsTime Ohio took over as broadcaster of the quarterfinals and semifinals beginning with the 2011 tournament.
The tournament was first played in 1980, when it was won by Toledo. Ball State has won the most tournaments with seven and Akron is the current tournament champion. No team has ever won the tournament three consecutive years; Ball State and Kent State have each won the tournament in two consecutive seasons.
The MAC announced a new format beginning with the 2012 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament. With the new format, the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will receive byes straight to the semifinals, with the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds beginning tournament play in the quarterfinals. Teams seeded 5–12 will play an additional two rounds, beginning with campus-site games. With the new format, a team seeded fifth or lower would have to win four games in six days, while playing five games in eight days to win the conference tournament. The division winners are guaranteed to receive a seed not lower than four. Previously the division winners were guaranteed a least a No. 2 seed.
For 2012 A New formet was introduced, The new format will seed the tournament by rewarding the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds with a bye into the semifinal round, while the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will receive a bye to the quarterfinal round. Seeding will be determined by winning percentage, regardless of division. First round games are played at the home sites of the higher seeds, with the remaining rounds being contested at Quicken Loans Arena.
From 2002 through 2011, each of the 12 men's basketball teams in the MAC receive a berth in the conference tournament. The top four seeds receive byes into the quarterfinals. The winners of each division are awarded the #1 and #2 seeds. The team with the best record of the two receives the No. 1 seed. First round games are played at the home sites of the higher seeds, with the remaining rounds being contested at Quicken Loans Arena.
From 1980 through 1988, seven teams qualified for the three-round tournament. The No. 1 seed received a bye into the semifinals. In 1989, an eighth team was added and each of the teams participated in all three rounds. In 2000, the tournament was expanded to four rounds and included all 13 teams in the league. The top three teams received byes into the quarterfinals. In 2002, the tournament field was reduced to 12 teams and the current format was adopted.
Performance by school
School Championships Winning years Appearances W L Pct Ball State 7 1981, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 2000 29 37 24 .607 Kent State 5 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008 27 32 24 .571 Ohio 5 1983, 1985, 1994, 2005, 2010 29 33 25 .569 Miami 4 1984, 1992, 1997, 2007 29 36 26 .581 Eastern Michigan 4 1988, 1991, 1996, 1998 29 22 26 .458 Akron 2 2009, 2011 15 17 12 .586 Central Michigan 2 1987, 2003 18 13 17 .433 Toledo 1 1980 27 24 27 .471 Western Michigan 1 2004 25 17 27 .386 Northern Illinois 1 1982 15 9 16 .360 Buffalo 0 – 11 9 12 .429 Bowling Green 0 – 27 18 29 .383 Marshall * 0 – 8 5 8 .385
* No longer member of MAC
- Mid-American Conference Tournament Finals broadcasters
- Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
- ^ Graham, Couch. "MAC changes its basketball tournament format, adds emphasis to regular season and protects teams with NCAA tournament at-large chances". Kalamazoo Gazette. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/61BZhpc4J. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
- ^ http://www.mac-sports.com/News/tabid/969/Article/136246/MAC-Announces-New-Basketball-Tournament-Format.aspx
- ^ http://mac-sports.com/downloads1/360193.pdf[dead link]
Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament 1980s
1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989
1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999
2010 • 2011 • 2012
Mid-American Conference men's basketball East Division West Division Championships & awards
Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament • Player of the Year
NCAA Division I men's basketball conference tournaments
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