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November 8, 2012

BroncoBlitz picks the MAC: College Basketball opening weekend

Approximately 24 hours from now, the 2012-2013 college basketball season will be underway. Each week, BroncoBlitz.com will offer our predictions for Mid-American Conference games, our "wild card" picks of the week, and of course the Western Michigan Broncos.

Week one highlights several intriguing MAC match-ups right out of the gates, including CAA favorite Drexel versus Kent State, Ivy League favorite Princeton versus Buffalo, and Miami versus N.C. State.


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Friday, November 9th

Miami at #6 N.C. State
Brian: N.C. State
David: N.C. State
DJ: N.C. State
Brandon: N.C. State

Rochester at Eastern Michigan
Brian: EMU
David: EMU
DJ: EMU
Brandon: EMU

Lake Erie at Bowling Green
Brian: BGSU
David: BGSU
DJ: BGSU
Brandon: BGSU

Drexel at Kent State
Brian: Drexel
David: Kent State
DJ: Drexel
Brandon: Drexel

Akron at Coastal Carolina
Brian: Akron
David: Akron
DJ: Akron
Brandon: Akron

Toledo at Loyola (IL)
Brian: Toledo
David: Toledo
DJ: Loyola (IL)
Brandon: Toledo

Northern Illinois at Nebraska-Omaha
Brian: NIU
David: Nebraska-Omaha
DJ: Nebraska-Omaha
Brandon: NIU


Wild Card Matchups

#14 Michigan State vs. UConn (Armed Forces Classic at Ramstein, Germany)
Brian: Michigan State
David: Michigan State
DJ: Michigan State
Brandon: Michigan State

#9 Syracuse vs. #20 San Diego St. (Battle of the Midway at San Diego, CA)
Brian: Syracuse
David: San Diego St.
DJ: Syracuse
Brandon: Syracuse

#4 Ohio State vs. Marquette (Carrier Classic at Charleston, SC)
Brian: Ohio State
David: Ohio State
DJ: Ohio State
Brandon: Ohio State


Saturday, November 10th

Princeton at Buffalo
Brian: Princeton
David: Buffalo
DJ: Princeton
Brandon: Buffalo

Portland at Ohio
Brian: Ohio
David: Ohio
DJ: Ohio
Brandon: Ohio


Sunday, November 11th

Grambling at Ball State
Brian: Ball State
David: Ball State
DJ: Grambling
Brandon: Ball State

Eastern Michigan at Jacksonville St.
Brian: EMU
David: EMU
DJ: EMU
Brandon: Jacksonville St.

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Western Michigan at Cornell

David: Tough road test to start with for the young Broncos. Cornell isn't what they were a couple of years ago, but they have some veterans and are expected to contend in the Ivy League.

Score Prediction: Cornell 76 WMU 62


DJ: I think this could have been an interesting matchup later in the season, but I think with WMU's youth, they may struggle getting into the swing of things. The Broncos could have some size issues on the inside, but they more than make up for it with athleticism. I think this is a tough game, but WMU will be able to keep it close.

Score Prediction: Cornell 86 WMU 77


Brian: The Broncos actually match up reasonably well against Cornell. As long as they don't get run out of the gym by an aggressive Big Red squad that will be gunning in the first half, I think Western Michigan keeps it closer than people think. But in the end, this is a tall order for a young team to go on the road and begin the season in this kind of an environment. They're certainly capable of winning, but they'll have to execute everything perfectly to do so. If the Broncos pull this one out, watch out.

Score Prediction: Cornell 72 WMU 64


Brandon: In what would be an exciting top ten battle in hockey, the Broncos are just too young to win this game against a decent Ivy League school.

Score Prediction: Cornell 72 WMU 63


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