MAC Releases 2012-13 Conference Basketball Schedule

March 10, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: Members of the Ohio Bobcats celebrate after defeating the Akron Zips 64-63 in the finals of the 2012 MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

The Mid-American conference has released its full basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season.

The Mid-American Conference released its 2012-13 men's basketball conference composite schedule on Wednesday, which features a total of 192 games.

The MAC season will begin on Jan. 9 with a full slate of games highlighted by a showdown between preseason favorites Ohio and Buffalo. The season will conclude with the FirstEnergy MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena, March 13-16.

Big things are expected from the MAC in 2012-13 as defending tournament champion Ohio and defending regular season champion Akron each return more than enough pieces to be players on the national scene.

The Bobcats return every contributor from the team that was a regulation point away from stunning top-seeded North Carolina and becoming the first 13 seed to ever advance to a regional final. That postseason run should help the perception of the MAC, which has been overshadowed in recent years by mid-major conferences like the Colonial, Horizon and Missouri Valley.

If the Zips and Bobcats can make some noise in the early part of the season and then avoid those bad losses which seem to always plague the MAC's top teams during the heart of the conference grind, the league could see multiple members having their names called on Selection Sunday.

Here's the complete MAC schedule for 2012-13:

Wednesday, January 9th
Western Michigan at Akron
Bowling Green at Central Michigan
Buffalo at Ohio
Toledo at Kent State
Northern Illinois at Miami
Ball State at Eastern Michigan
Saturday, January 12th
Akron at Northern Illinois
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green
Miami at Buffalo
Kent State at Ball State
Ohio at Western Michigan
Central Michigan at Toledo
Tuesday, January 15th
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan
Wednesday, January 16th
Bowling Green at Miami
Kent State at Buffalo
Ball State at Akron
Northern Illinois at Ohio
Toledo at Western Michigan
Saturday, January 19th
Akron at Kent State
Bowling Green at Buffalo
Miami at Eastern Michigan
Ball State at Central Michigan
Toledo at Ohio
Western Michigan at Northern Illinois
Wednesday, January 23rd
Akron at Toledo
Buffalo at Ball State
Kent State at Bowling Green
Ohio at Miami
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
Saturday, January 26th
Bowling Green at Toledo
Buffalo at Akron
Ohio at Kent State
Ball State at Miami
Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan
Western Michigan at Central Michigan
Wednesday, January 30th
Akron at Bowling Green
Kent State at Northern Illinois
Eastern Michigan at Ohio
Central Michigan at Buffalo
Toledo at Ball State
Western Michigan at Miami
Saturday, February 2nd
Buffalo at Western Michigan
Miami at Central Michigan
Ohio at Akron
Ball State at Bowling Green
Eastern Michigan at Kent State
Toledo at Northern Illinois
Tuesday, February 5th
Central Michigan at Akron
Wednesday, February 6th
Bowling Green at Northern Illinois
Buffalo at Eastern Michigan
Kent State at Western Michigan
Miami at Toledo
Ohio at Ball State
Saturday, February 9th
Akron at Miami
Bowling Green at Ohio
Northern Illinois at Buffalo
Eastern Michigan at Toledo
Central Michigan at Kent State
Western Michigan at Ball State
Wednesday, February 13th
Akron at Eastern Michigan
Miami at Kent State
Ohio at Central Michigan
Ball State at Northern Illinois
Toledo at Buffalo
Western Michigan at Bowling Green
Saturday, February 16th
Bowling Green at Akron
Buffalo at Miami
Kent State at Ohio
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan
Eastern Michigan at Ball State
Toledo at Central Michigan
Saturday, February 23rd
ESPNU BracketBuster Saturday
Wednesday, February 27th
Akron at Ohio
Buffalo at Kent State
Miami at Bowling Green
Central Michigan at Ball State
Western Michigan at Toledo
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois
Saturday, March 2nd
Akron at Buffalo
Kent State at Miami
Ohio at Bowling Green
Ball State at Toledo
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
Tuesday, March 5th
Bowling Green at Kent State
Miami at Akron
Ohio at Buffalo
Ball State at Western Michigan
Northern Illinois at Toledo
Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan
Friday, March 8th or Saturday, March 9th
Buffalo at Bowling Green
Kent State at Akron
Miami at Ohio
Northern Illinois at Ball State
Central Michigan at Western Michigan
Toledo at Eastern Michigan
Monday, March 11th
MAC Men's Tournament First Round
(Campus Sites)

Wednesday, March 13
MAC Men's Tournament Second Round
Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)

Thursday, March 14
MAC Men's Tournament Third Round
Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)
Friday, March 15
MAC Men's Tournament Semifinals
Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)
Saturday, March 16
MAC Men's Tournament Championship
Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)
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