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Ohio’s AJ Clayton (No. 23) looks to make a shot against Ball State. Bobcats win 90-70 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio on March 9, 2023.

Men's Basketball: Everything to know for the MAC Tournament semifinals

After crushing Ball State 90-70 in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Thursday, Ohio is moving on to the semis, where it will meet No. 1 seed Toledo.

The Rockets finished 16-2 in conference to win their third straight regular season conference championship.

Here is everything to know about Friday’s matchup:

Game Information

Opponent: Toledo

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (Cleveland)

How to watch: CBS Sports Network

Follow live stats here

Meet the Opponent

Head Coach: Tod Kowalczyk (13th season)

Probable starters

00 Ra’Heim Moss

04 Setric Millner Jr.

10 RayJ Dennis

21 Dante Maddox Jr.

32 J.T. Shumate

Statistical leaders

Points: Dennis (19.3 per game)

Rebounds: Millner (5.8 per game)

Assists: Dennis (5.9 per game)

Blocks: Shumate (37)

Steals: Dennis (46)

Field goal percentage: Shumate (53.9%)

3-point percentage: Maddox (46.3%)

Free throw percentage: Shumate (88.4%)

Matchup History

Ohio has lost eight of its last nine games against Toledo, most recently a 90-75 loss in January. Of those eight losses, only two have come by fewer than 10 points.

The Rockets are one of the best programs in the MAC and are coming into Friday’s game on a 16-game win streak.

Toledo has won the regular season MAC title in five of the last six seasons but has not been able to turn that success into a MAC Tournament win and appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Player(s) to watch

Dennis — The 2022-23 MAC Player of the Year, Dennis averages an absurd 19.4 points and 5.9 assists per game, ranking second and first in the conference, respectively. Dennis is, without question, the best player in the MAC this year, and while Toledo certainly has a deep roster, Ohio will have to keep a handle on him in particular.


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