2018–19 Mid-American Conference men's basketball season

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2018–19 Mid–American Conference men's basketball season
LeagueNCAA Division I
SportBasketball
DurationNovember 2018
through March 2019
Number of teams12
TV partner(s)ESPN+, ESPN, ESPN3, CBSSN
Regular Season
ChampionBuffalo
Season MVPC. J. Massinburg, Buffalo
Tournament
ChampionsBuffalo
  Runners-upBowling Green
Finals MVPJeremy Harris
Mid–American Conference men's basketball seasons
← 2017–18
2019–20 →
2018–19 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
No. 15 Buffalo 16 2   .889     32 4   .889
Bowling Green 12 6   .667     22 12   .647
Kent State 11 7   .611     22 11   .667
Akron 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
Miami (OH) 7 11   .389     15 17   .469
Ohio 6 12   .333     14 17   .452
West
Toledo 13 5   .722     25 8   .758
Central Michigan 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Eastern Michigan 9 9   .500     15 17   .469
Northern Illinois 8 10   .444     17 17   .500
Ball State 6 12   .333     16 17   .485
Western Michigan 2 16   .111     8 24   .250
2019 MAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018–19 Mid-American Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2018, followed by the start of the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play began in January 2019 and concluded in March 2019. The season marked the 76th season of Mid–American Conference basketball.

Preseason[edit]

In the preseason, Buffalo, which returned five of its six leading scorers from a team that defeated Arizona Wildcats men's basketball in the NCAA tournament, was discussed as a team that could potentially make a "Cinderalla run" in the NCAA Tournament.[1][2]

Coaching changes[edit]

Conference predictions[edit]

Predicted MAC results[edit]

Preseason MAC teams[edit]

Watchlists[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Conference Matrix[edit]

This table summarizes the head-to-head results between teams in conference play.

  Akron Ball St BGSU Buffalo CMU EMU Kent St Miami N. Illinois Ohio Toledo WMU
vs. Akron 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 –1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1
vs. Ball St. 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2
vs. BGSU 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 0– 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–2
vs. Buffalo 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–0 0–2 0–2 0–1
vs. CMU 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–2
vs. EMU 1–0 0–2 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–2
vs. Kent St. 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–2
vs. Miami 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0
vs. N. Illinois 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–1
vs. Ohio 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1
vs. Toledo 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–2
vs. WMU 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–0
Total 8–10 6–12 12–6 16–2 10–8 9–9 11–7 7–11 8–10 6–12 13–5 2–16

Season summary & highlights[edit]

Points scored[edit]

Conference regular season[edit]

Midseason watchlists[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Mid–American Tournament[edit]

Highlights[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boone, Kyle (October 19, 2018). "College basketball preview: 11 potential Cinderella squads who could surprise in 2019 NCAA Tournament". CBS Sports. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Johnson, Raphielle (October 19, 2018). "Nine mid-majors that can be the next Loyola-Chicago". NBC Sports. Retrieved October 21, 2018.