Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

Mid-American Quarterfinals Preview

March 11, 2004 Conference Notes No Comments

Mid-American Conference Quarterfinals Preview

Preview by Jeremy Speer

Eight teams will participate in a battle for an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament during the MAC Tournament beginning Thursday at Cleveland’s Gund Arena.

Western Michigan, the No. 1 seed, is the only team with a legitimate shot at an at-large bid into the tourney if they were not to win the tournament.

The Broncos are hoping not to leave it to the committee and stand as the favorites for the three-day competition.

No. 1 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Marshall
Revenge will be on the mind of Western Michigan as it plays against Marshall.

On the verge of reaching the top 25 two weeks ago, the Broncos went into Huntington, W.Va. and left with a crushing 82-76 loss that put a damper on Western’s dream season.

Marshall (12-16, 8-10) will have its hands full in an attempt to spring its first quarterfinal victory since 2000.

Mike Williams has been the MAC’s best player this season and will attack the Herd defense with his mid-range game. Williams averages 18.4 points and 7.3 rebounds on the season.

Junior Ben Reed has been the conferences best outside threat, and posts 16.5 points per game behind 47 percent three-point shooting.

Thick-skinned senior Anthony Kann presents a strong presence in the middle. Kann put up 12 points and seven rebounds per game this season.

Western (23-4, 15-3) also has a solid collection of role players, including steady point guard Brian Snider and three-point specialists Reggie Berry and Rickey Willis.

Senior forward Marvin Black, who carried the Herd into the quarterfinals with a victory against Eastern Michigan Monday, leads Marshall. Black posts 14 points and seven rebounds per game.

Point guard A.W. Hamilton is among the MAC’s leaders in assists while Ronny Dawn stretches defenses with his three-point shooting.

The game will feature a matchup between first year coaches – Western’s Steve Hawkins and Marshall’s – Ron Jirsa.

No. 2 Kent State vs. No. 7 Bowling Green
With their hopes for an at-large bid slammed shut, the Golden Flashes know the road to the NCAA Tournament must now go through Cleveland.

KSU (20-7, 13-5) struggled mightily throughout the final portion of the season with four consecutive losses.

They will look to reverse the trend against Bowling Green, another team that struggled in the latter part of the season with three straight losses.

MAC Defensive Player of the Year John Edwards leads Kent. The seven-footer leads the team with 13 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.

Senior Eric Haut also contributes to the Flashes’ balanced offense. Haut puts up 12 points per game on 41 percent three-point shooting.

Sophomore point guard DeAndre Haynes leads the MAC with 5.9 assists per game.

Ron Lewis carried the Falcons on his back during the team’s Monday victory against Ohio. Lewis scored all of his 19 points in the second half and had two blocked shots in the final two minutes to preserve a 56-54 victory.

Lewis is the team’s leading scorer at 17 points per game.

John Reimold’s outside shooting and Kevin Netter’s inside play give BG (14-16, 8-10) solid complementing players.

No. 3 Miami vs. No. 6 Ball State
RedHawks coach Charlie Coles has his team aiming for its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the Wally Szczerbiak era.

The quest begins Thursday against the balanced Cardinals.

Coles’ crew employs stifling defensive pressure, spearheaded by senior captain Juby Johnson. Johnson, one of the MAC’s best all-around players, also averages 17 points per game.

Despite standing less than 6-foot-5, Chet Mason and Danny Horace form one of the MAC’s best rebounding tandems. The two combine to average 20 points and 14 rebounds per game.

Miami’s key could be the streaky outside shooting of Josh Hausfeld, whose percentage dipped as the season went along.

Ball State coach Tim Buckley trusts his fortunes in the hands of an even six-man rotation.

Dennis Trammell leads the team on the stat sheet with 13 points a game, but Cameron Echols, Robert Owens, Matt McCollom, Terrance Chapman and Peyton Stovall also provide key contributions.

Stovall, the point guard, was named to the MAC’s All-Freshman team.

Miami won the previous meeting between the teams 62-55 on the road.

No. 4 Toledo vs No. 5 Buffalo
Buffalo may be the No. 5 seed, but there are no doubts the Bulls are the favorite against Toledo Thursday.

Coach Reggie Witherspoon has completed a miraculous turnaround in Buffalo this season. After finishing last in the MAC East last season, Buffalo posted 17 overall wins and 11 in the conference.

A darkhorse to supplant Western Michigan, the Bulls have won eight straight games heading into the Toledo game.

Junior Turner Battle leads a solid seven-man rotation with 14 points and four assists per game.

Freshman Yassin Idhibi (9.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg) has been a force inside, as has junior Mark Bortz.

Mario Jordan and Daniel Gilbert are valuable swingmen while Jason Bird and Roderick Middleton provide deadly and accurate three-point marksmanship.

Toledo (19-9, 12-6) is no slouch. All-MAC candidate Keith Triplett who posts 20 points and five rebounds per game leads the Rockets.

Sophomore Sammy Villegas averages 14 points and had a career-high 28 points in UT’s narrow play-in victory against Central Michigan Monday.

Freshman point guard Justin Ingram was named the MAC’s Freshman of the Year and posts 10 points and 3.5 assists per contest.

Toledo won the only meeting between the teams, 88-83 in January.

The winner will likely lock horns with Western Michigan in the semifinals.

Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we start with floor issues in the Big East and an important NCAA ruling that was upheld. Then we go on to the Big 12, where Wednesday night had a new twist, as well as the ACC and how it shapes up along with no team going undefeated in conference play this year.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 7, 2018

February 7, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about a big sweep in the SEC, look back on the wild Saturday, then talk about a Big Ten showdown and some undefeated teams in conference play.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about a lot of what has happened in the ACC and SEC, including the Big 12/SEC Challenge, whether or not Kentucky is turning a corner, as well as the story at Michigan State.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about a wild night in the Big Ten, adversity and a quiet leader in the ACC, what to make of Kentucky and look ahead to the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about big road wins for a few teams, including a couple of bluebloods that looked destined for losses, as well as an unsettled Big Ten beyond one team, an SEC where you shouldn’t pay attention to bracketologists, and the problems with a proposed earlier start to the college basketball season.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.