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MAC championship game preview

Posted on: March 12, 2011 12:48 am
Edited on: March 12, 2011 12:56 am
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Steve McNeeseIt's time for championship-caliber basketball to return to QuickenLoans Arena. March 12 will see a team from Ohio crowned champion on the court.

The participants in the MAC championship game are No. 1 seed Kent State (23-10, 12-4) and No. 6 Akron (22-12, 9-7). The last time a MAC title game was played without one of those two teams in it was 2005, when the Ohio Bobcats edged the Buffalo Bulls for the auto-bid. Even more amazing, this is Akron's fifth straight MAC title game, which they reached this year in spite of a low seed.

The most serious bit of history between the Flashes and Zips came in 2008, when Kent State pounded Akron 74-55 in the final to make it to the NCAA tournament. There have been ample in-season meetings that decided seedings and pure pride as well.

Kent State puts an experienced and balanced team on the floor, led by junior forward Justin Greene (15.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg) alongside fellow upperclassmen Sherman Robinson (13.1 ppg) and Carlton Guyton (12.4 ppg). Akron is led by junior Nikola Cvetinovic, a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds over the course of the season.

The MAC final will be played at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Posted by Eric Angevine

Photo: US Presswire

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