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MAC Basketball 2005-06 OOC Schedule Overview

By Dan Whitmyer, Guest Writer


Akron Zips

Akron is one of several MAC teams with a moderately difficult OOC schedule. While they’re not playing the dearth of high-major teams that some other schools are, they do have some big time match-ups @ Cal, @ Louisville, and in the San Juan Shootout. Games against regional rivals Youngstown State, Wright State, and Cleveland State give Akron a nicely balanced schedule.


Bowling Green Falcons

After losing some top seniors from last year’s squad, BGSU looks to be in rebuilding mode this season. It looks like Dan Dakich took this into account when crafting this season’s OOC schedule. Most of the Falcons OOC games will come against smaller schools who are not necessarily perennial contenders come March Madness. Probably the biggest match-ups for BG are against teams that usually stack up near the bottom of the ACC, Virginia Tech and Florida State.


Buffalo Bulls

Buffalo has a moderately difficult OOC schedule in '05-'06. The big match-up on their schedule is at the beginning of the year @ Boston College. After that the Bulls have some interesting match-ups against Fresno State, @ Niagra, and against Rutgers.



Kent State Golden Flashes

Kent State is has an impressive OOC slate lined up. They will be taking on perennial mid-major contender Southern Illinois on the road and also will be visiting Syracuse. Kent State is also playing in the South Padre Island Invitational where they could end up with match-ups against Delaware State, Austin Peay, Wichita State, or even Illinois.


Miami RedHawks

Of all the MAC teams with big games this season it appears that Miami has the most big games and the biggest single match-up. Charlie Coles will have a young team this season and they should gain some invaluable experience early playing in the Preseason NIT, @ Michigan, and against regional foes, Dayton, Xavier, and Cincinnati. Miami has quite an OOC schedule this season. With this stacked schedule, the Redhawks could take some lumps early, but it should serve their young roster well going into conference play.


Ohio Bobcats

The defending Mid-American Conference Tournament Champions have what could be a mildly challenging out of conference schedule this season. The schedule is highlighted by games against perennial powers Cincinnati and Kentucky. The Bobcats also have games against two decent teams in Rhode Island and Detroit. Many are expecting the Bobcats to be a force this season with much of their roster returning. Wins at Cincinnati and/or Kentucky would certainly show that they’re on the right track.



Ball State Cardinals

The Ball State Cardinals are yet another Mid-American Conference team with a mediocre out of conference schedule. The big matchup for the Cardinals is certainly on New Year’s Eve when the Indiana Hoosiers will come into Muncie. BSU also has games against mid-tier competition like Butler, IUPUI, and Drexel.


Central Michigan Chippewas

Central Michigan has a top flight OOC schedule for the '05-'06 basketball season. Another young team looking to rebuild this season, the Chippewas schedule is highlighted by trips to state rival Michigan, Dayton, and home game versus Southern Illinois and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Jay Smith will have a young inexperienced team at CMU, especially after their best player, Kevin Nelson transferred out this spring. Hopefully for Smith and Chippewa fans the early tough schedule can give this young team some much needed experience.


Eastern Michigan Eagles

New year, new coach for the Eastern Michigan Eagles and Charles E. Ramsey wasted no time breaking out a big time schedule. The Eagles are another team at the top of the MAC when you look at the difficulty of their out-of-conference schedule. EMU has games against Cal, Detroit, Indiana, and Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Eagles have the talent to make some noise in the MAC this year. This OOC schedule should show whether they’re poised to make a run, or if it will take another year or two for Ramsey to get his players in the program.



Northern Illinois Huskies

The Northern Illinois athletics website exclaims, “A pair of contests against Mid-American Conference Tournament Champion Ohio University and six other match-ups against postseason qualifiers highlights another challenging MAC schedule for the Northern Illinois University men’s basketball program.” And really, that’s about as difficult as the Huskies schedule gets. They play bottom feeders like San Jose State, Wright State, and Illinois-Chicago. Their best match-up is probably against DePaul. NIU needs to put some serious W’s on the board during this weak OOC schedule or it could be a very long year.


Toledo Rockets

The Toledo Rockets are another team that is not playing an especially imaginative out of conference slate. The Rockets do have a big game against South Carolina. Other than that there’s not much to speak of with matchups against Oakland, SMU, and East Carolina.


Western Michigan

Western Michigan doesn’t have one of the weakest out of conference schedules, but it certainly doesn’t have one of the strongest either. With key match-ups against Northern Iowa, IUPUI, USC, and a slot in the Rainbow Classic, the Broncos should ease into life after Ben Reed and Levi Rost.