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MAC Tournament 2012: Quarterfinals Tip Off Thursday

The quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament will take place Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. In this stage of the tournament, the No. 1 Akron Zips and the No. 2 Buffalo Bulls have yet to play; instead they have received byes into the semifinals. The No. 3 Ohio Bobcats and the No. 4 Kent State Golden Flashes, though, make for the possibility of a top-seeded semifinals. But the No. 7 Toledo Rockets and the No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos will look to upset that.

The winner of Kent State and Western Michigan will take on the tournament’s top-seeded Akron Zips, while the Toledo/Ohio winner will face the No. 2-seed, Buffalo.

Western Michigan is the lowest seed left in the tournament. The Broncos beat Ball State by six points in the first round and then creamed No. 12 Northern Illinois by 17 in Wednesday’s matchup.

Both Akron and Buffalo had byes through to the semifinals, which will take place Friday. Akron won the regular season MAC crown with a 13-3 record, one better than the 12-4 Bulls.

Thursday’s matchups are:

No. 4 Kent State Vs. No. 8 Western Michigan

Time: 7:00 EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

No. 7 Toledo Vs. No. 3 Ohio

Time: 9:30 EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

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