Record-Courier staff report
Kent State's Mid-American Conference men's basketball tournament opener is set.
Due to Northern Illinois' 70-56 victory over Ball State on Saturday afternoon, the Golden Flashes will travel to Oxford to play the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks in the first round of the MAC Tournament on Monday at 7 p.m.
Kent State (16-15, 7-11 MAC) is the ninth seed in the tournament, while Miami (12-17, 8-10) is the eighth seed.
It will be the third clash of the season between the two teams, with each squad winning on the road in the first two meetings. The Flashes won the first game 75-63 on Feb. 19 in Oxford, with the RedHawks exacting revenge with a 73-61 victory this past Tuesday in Kent.
The Kent State-Miami winner will play the Ball State-Ohio University winner in the second round of the tournament Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
The other MAC Tournament first-round matchups Monday are: (12) Ball State at (5) Ohio, 7 p.m.; (11) Central Michigan at (6) Eastern Michigan, 7:30 p.m.; and (10) Bowling Green at (7) Northern Illinois, 8 p.m.
Akron (4) and Buffalo (3) have byes through the first two rounds, while Western Michigan (1) and Toledo (2) have byes through the first three rounds and won't begin MAC Tournament play until the semifinals Friday night.