MAC Tournament: The Best Mid-Major Backcourt Helps Upset No. 1 Kent St.

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2010

What do you get when your shooting guard drops 38 points and your point guard is MAC Freshman of the year? You get the nation's best mid-major back-court and an upset victory over the 1 seed Kent State Golden Flashes in The MAC Tournament.

Well, exactly that happened for the 9 seed Ohio Bobcats in their quarterfinal upset victory of Thursday night's MAC Tournament game. 

Ohio's back-court duo of Junior Armon Bassett and Freshman D.J Cooper were coming off performances in which Bassett had 25 points and Cooper finished with nearly a triple-double of 12 points, 8 assists, and 9 rebounds in the first round of the MAC tournament vs. 8 seed Ball St. 

What these two players did in the first round and quarterfinals seems to happen every night. Bassett is the teams leading scorer with 16.3 points per game and Cooper is the team's second leading scorer, averaging just under 14 points per game in addition to his 6 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game. Yeah, he's a Freshman.

For any of you Big Ten or Indiana fans, you may recognized Bassett because as a Freshman and Sophomore he started for the Indiana Hoosiers and led the Big Ten in 3-pt %. 

How did he land up at Ohio University? After some behavioral problems he was dismissed from the team and after a short stay with UAB in which he didn't play, he decided he wanted to play closer to home so he was heavily recruited by Ohio Head Coach John Groce.

D.J Cooper is the only Freshman point guard not on Kentucky to average double digits in scoring. Pretty amazing. What's even more amazing is that on top of that he still comes up with 6 assists and nearly 6 rebounds per game as well.

These two talented guards make up the the nation's best Mid-Major Back-court. Two more wins in the MAC Tournament and they can finally show the world their talent in the NCAA Tournament.

Up next, a rivalry game for the Ohio Bobcats with Miami (Ohio) in the MAC tournament semifinals. Last time these two teams met, Ohio needed a last second 3-pointer to win 70-68.