The Ball State men’s basketball team will be the No. 12 seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament and will play a first-round game Monday at No. 5 seed Ohio.
The teams will tip off at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio, with the winner advancing to the second round Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
The tournament’s top two seeds -- Western Michigan and Toledo -- have byes straight through to Friday’s semifinal round, while the No. 3 and 4 seeds -- Buffalo and Akron -- have byes into Thursday’s third round.
Each of the remaining eight teams will play first-round games Monday on campus sites for the right to move on to Cleveland.
The winner of the Ball State-Ohio game will advance to meet the winner of No. 9 seed Kent State at No. 8 seed Miami University. The winner of No. 11 seed Central Michigan at No. 6 seed Eastern Michigan will advance to meet the winner of No. 10 seed Bowling Green at No.7 seed Northern Illinois.
Ball State (5-24, 2-16 MAC) played Ohio (21-10, 11-7 MAC) once during the regular season, also on the road. The Bobcats won 71-51 on Jan. 15 in the third game of the MAC season. The teams last met in the conference tournament in 2011 with the Cardinals defeating Ohio in overtime in the quarterfinals.
Ball State closed the regular season Saturday with a 70-56 loss at Northern Illinois.
2014 MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament
Monday, March 10th, 2014 (First Round - High Seed Campus Sites)
Game 1: No. 12 Ball State at No. 5 Ohio, 7 p.m.
Game 2: No. 9 Kent State at No. 8 Miami, 7 p.m.
Game 3: No. 11 Central Michigan at No. 6 Eastern Michigan, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4: No. 10 Bowling Green at No. 7 Northern Illinois, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 (Second Round)
Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner. 6:30 p.m.
Game 6: Game 3 Winner v. Game 4 Winner*
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 (Third Round)
Game 7: Game 5 Winner vs. No. 4 Akron, 6:30 p.m.
Game 8: Game 6 Winner vs. No. 3 Buffalo*
Friday, March 14th, 2014 (Semifinals)
Game 9: Game 7 Winner vs. No. 1 Western Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
Game 10: Game 8 Winner vs. No. 2 Toledo*
Saturday, March 15th, 2014 (MAC Championship)
Game 11: Championship Game, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)