Now's the point in the tournament when I start to care. (So save your tweets about me needing to be watching MAC West v. MAC West on a Wednesday night.)
Western Michigan and Kent State will tip off at 7 p.m. I found it amusing that Kent State's players were already looking forward to playing Akron, before knowing who they'd be matched up against on Thursday. Western Michigan is a similar team to Kent State, only without the tradition nor defensive identity. If Mike Douglas gets hot, this could be an exciting game.
Ohio and Toledo will play at 9:30 p.m. Keith Dambrot sometimes says his team can beat anybody and lose to anybody. I don't particularly think that's true for Akron, but it's definitely true for Ohio. The Bobcats are the best team in the conference on some nights. On others, they play like a hung-over AAU team. The winner of this game plays Buffalo.
I expect both favorites to win, but the circumstances are such that I would not be stunned if there was an upset.
I will be liveblogging from The Q on Friday for the semifinals. I would be there tonight but for a city council meeting. Of course, I'll cover the championship if Akron's in it.