The Mid-American Conference Tournament spotlight will shine on the eight remaining teams when play shifts to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Thursday.
The Kent State Golden Flashes ended the regular season with a 23-8 record and a MAC championship, earned when they routed archrival Akron, 74-61, on May 5 before a sellout crowd at Akron’s Rhodes Arena.
The title earned Kent State an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament, if needed. But the Flashes, like the other seven teams still standing in the MAC, have their eyes on a coveted spot in the NCAA tourney.
Here are the early matchups to watch for as the tournament rolls on toward Saturday night’s championship game.