EMU Men's Basketball Heads to Cleveland for MAC Tournament

By Published: 3/7/2017 7:17:50 AM Custom Tag

Courtesy: Eastern Michigan Athletics

CLEVELAND, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) -- For the fifth consecutive season, the Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team has advanced beyond the first round in the Mid-American Conference Tournament after the No. 8-seeded Eagles posted a 72-69 victory over No. 9 Northern Illinois University, March 6. EMU will now travel to Cleveland, Ohio to play in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament at Quicken Loans Arena.

Eastern Michigan University's men's basketball team (16-16, 7-11 MAC) punched its ticket to Quicken Loans Arena, with a win over Northern Illinois. EMU defeated the Huskies in a close, hard fought battle at the Convocation Center. The Eagles maintained a lead throughout the second half, but the Huskies fought until the very end, as NIU had an opportunity to tie it up with seven seconds remaining.

The Eagles, will square off with the No. 1 seed University of Akron, Thursday, March 9. Eastern Michigan will look to avenge a pair of losses to the Zips earlier this season. Tip time is slated for Noon at 'The Q' in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Should the Eastern Michigan men's basketball team advance to the semifinals and championships game, there will be a Follet Fan Bus, sponsored by the EMU Campus Bookstore. The bus will include free round-trip transportation to and from Cleveland, as well as a t-shirt. The bus will depart 5 hours prior to tip-off and arrive at Harry Buffalo for a pre-game tailgate before scheduled tip off. All fans, regardless of whether they take the bus or not, are encouraged to join us Friday and Saturday for a pre-game tailgate at Harry Buffalo, 90 minutes prior to tip of the scheduled Eastern Michigan men's basketball game. Harry Buffalo is located at 2120 E 4th St, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Tickets are available through the EMU Ticket Office for all tournament games held at Quicken Loans Arena in which EMU participates, at the following prices: men's basketball: $34. Students can purchase men's tournament tickets for $15. Students must provide a valid student ID. Ticket order reservations may be placed online at EMUEagles.com/tickets, calling 734.487.2282, or purchased at the EMU table in the main ticket area inside the northeast entrance at Quicken Loans Arena. Pre-ordered tickets will require a valid photo ID for pick-up. Buying tickets for the men's games in advance is the only way to guarantee a spot in the Eastern Michigan fan section.

2017 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament Pairings

Thursday, March 9th - Quarterfinals - Quicken Loans Arena
Game 5: No. 8 Eastern Michigan vs. No. 1 Akron, Noon
Game 6: No. 5 Western Michigan vs. No. 4 Ball State *
Game 7: No. 7 Toledo vs. No. 2 Ohio, 6:30 p.m.
Game 8: No. 6 Kent State vs. No. 3 Buffalo *

Friday, March 10th - Semifinals - Quicken Loans Arena
Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 6:30 p.m.
Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner *

Saturday, March 11th - Championship - Quicken Loans Arena
Game 11: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

*30 minutes following the completion of the first game of the session
Published: 3/7/2017 7:17:50 AM Custom Tag