The Toledo men’s basketball team (25-6, 13-5 Mid-American Conference) heads to Cleveland with back-to-back MAC West Division titles in its pocket and looking to achieve its goal of getting to the NCAA Tournament.The Rockets will face West Division foe Northern Illinois (16-16, 8-10 MAC) Thursday, March 14, in the 2019 MAC Quarterfinals presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com. Tip-off time is set for 6:30 p.m. in Quicken Loans Arena with streaming available on ESPN+.
The Rockets are the No. 2 seed in this year’s tourney, while the Huskies are the No. 7 seed. The winner of Thursday’s matchup will face either No. 3 seed Bowling Green or No. 6 seed Eastern Michigan in the MAC semifinals Friday, March 15, at 9 p.m.
Toledo swept its season series vs. Northern Illinois for a second consecutive season, posting a 69-55 victory in DeKalb before pulling out a 57-54 triumph in Savage Arena. The Rockets are 4-0 vs. the Huskies in MAC Tournament play with the last meeting resulting in a 78-77 quarterfinal victory in 2006.
The Rockets bring a five-game winning streak into postseason play following Friday’s 64-58 victory over Eastern Michigan. The victory was UT’s 25th win of the season, second most in program history and two shy of the 2013-14 squad’s 27-7 mark.
MAC Tournament tickets can be purchased online at the Toledo Rockets’ website, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653), or by visiting the ticket office in Savage Arena. Only tickets purchased through the University will be in the Rocket section of Quicken Loans Arena.