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NCAA College Basketball News

Tuesday, 18 March, 2014 12:57 PM

State, Michigan and Western Michigan Get to 2014 NCAA Basketball Tourney

WMU Takes Mid-American Conference Title

Photo by Brandon Karsten, Rolco Sports Network

Western Michigan celebrates their 2014 MAC basketball championship over Toledo 98-77 at the Q-Arena in Cleveland.

 

by Raymond Rolak
AmericaJR.com Web Team

 

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CLEVELAND -- Coach Steve Hawkins and his Western Michigan basketball team will be going to the NCAA Tournament. They won the 2014 Mid-American Conference championship at the Q-Arena taking down the Toledo Rockets, 98-77. It was an impressive and dominating win as the Bronco’s scored 56 second half points. They will get the MAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA tourney.

Hawkins, in his 11th season at WMU got the Broncos to 23-9 on the year. The Broncos finished with four scorers in double-figures including Tucker Haymond with 21 points, Shane Whittington with 20 and Connar Tava with 13 points. Whittington had 13 boards. Western Michigan’s David Brown, the 2014 MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, led all scorers with 32 points.

Rian Pearson added 24 and Juice Brown got 22 for Toledo. The Rockets finished at 27-6 and will go on the road in the NIT. WMU will now face Syracuse in the NCAA South Regional. Michigan is in the West Regional and MSU will be in the East. Six Big Ten teams qualified.

 

2014 MAC All-Tournament Team

Nick Kellog - Ohio
Juice Brown - Toledo
Rian Pearson - Toledo
Bavid Brown - Western Michigan
Shane Whittington - Western Michigan

EMU to Host a Post-Season Game

The Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball program will be playing in a postseason tournament for the first time in 16 years. EMU (21-9) has accepted a bid to play in the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Eagles will host Norfolk State University (19-14), on March 18, for a 7 p.m. game in Ypsilanti. The Eagles finished the season with the best field goal percentage defense in the country, holding teams to a 36.5 percent field percentage.

Click here for the official 2014 NCAA March Madness Mens Basketball Bracket.

 


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