The Akron Zips might be the #6 seed in the 2011 MAC Tournament but that doesn’t mean they should be considered a long-shot to win the tournament. The Zips proved just how good they can be during the 1st half of their quarterfinal win over Miami. Of course, after taking a 26-10 halftime lead, the Zips showed the inconsistency that has plagued them all season – they allowed the Redhawks to actually take the lead before winning in double-overtime.
The Broncos were impressive as well, beating a pesky Bowling Green squad in the quarterfinals to advance to face the Zips. The teams faced each other just once during the season – a 83-71 win by Akron on February 9. The Broncos got stronger after the loss, however, winning 8 of their final 9 games.
Kent St.. has been the big name in the MAC for awhile now, getting as far as the Elite Eight just a few years ago. Coaches have come and gone, but the flashes continue to win, especially in-conference. They’ll face the #4 seed Ball St. in the semi-finals, looking to get back to the MAC Championship Game.
Ball St. survived a rough stretch in the middle of the season to be a top-4 seed. After starting 6-0 in conference play, the Cardinals lost 7-of-9 before winning 4 of their final 5 to finish the season. Ball St. beat Ohio 76-73 in overtime late last night to advance to face Kent St.