When: Saturday, 5 p.m. ET
Where to Watch: ESPNU
The MAC gets thrown into the national spotlight on Saturday night when its two best teams square off in Akron, Ohio.
Saturday's clash between the Ohio Bobcats (15-5, 6-0) and the Akron Zips (16-4, 7-0) will most likely be a matchup that we see in the conference tournament final to determine who advances to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
Neither team had a spectacular performance in nonconference play but they have both stepped up their play since MAC action began.
The Bobcats are led by senior guard D.J. Cooper who leads the team in points (14.6) and assists (8.2) per game.
Accompanying Cooper as stars in the Ohio lineup are two other seniors, forward Reggie Keely and guard Walter Offutt, two players who both average over 11 points per game.
The Zips also possess an effective senior leader on their roster in forward Zeke Marshall.
Marshall, who averages 12.6 points per game, does have a knack for getting into foul trouble during conference play.
In three conference games this season, foul trouble has hurt the performance of Marshall.
The latest occurrence of Marshall's foul trouble came on Saturday against Buffalo where he was limited to just eight points in the Zips' victory.
If the Bobcats are able to shut down the productivity of Marshall, they should come out of Akron with a win.
If Marshall stays out of foul trouble, expect Akron to take the first of the two MAC showdowns this year between the two teams.