2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: Mid-American Conference Champion Western Michigan Broncos

By Trevor Lowry
Western Michigan basketball
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 23-9

RPI: 69

BPI: 120

Conference: Mid-American Conference

How They Qualified: Mid-American Conference Tournament Champions

Region: No. 14 seed in South


The Western Michigan Broncos were one of the best teams going into the Mid-American Conference tournament and they left that way as well. The Broncos beat Akron and Toledo in the process –two of the best teams in the MAC.

They only lost four conference games all season long and won 12 out of their last 13 games. However, they will only enter the Big Dance on a four-game win streak.


What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: David Brown (19.4 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Shayne Whittington (9.1 rpg)

Leading Passer: Connar Tava (2.8 apg)

Bad Losses: Bowling Green, Drake

Good Wins: Toledo (twice), New Mexico State


Wins against Toledo and New Mexico State are actually pretty good. A win against Missouri would have been really nice, but the Broncos dropped a game to them on the road by six points. They also lost to Northwestern.

David Brown is the leading scorer of this team. Hopefully his shot is on in the 2014 NCAA tournament because Western Michigan is going to need its best scorer to be on. Brown is shooting 32.9 percent from behind the arc and has made 78 threes in the process.

He dropped 32 points against Toledo in the MAC tournament championship. A performance like that in the dance would be huge.

This is not the most notable mid-major in college hoops, but it is definitely a good one and it might be an interesting team to keep an eye on.

The Western Michigan Broncos are dancing!


Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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