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Second Matchups of Mid-American Conference/Sun Belt Conference Challenge Announced

The second matchups of the MAC-SBC Challenge – a scheduling alliance in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball – have been announced by both leagues.

The App State men’s basketball team will host Toledo in the Holmes Convocation Center at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, while the women will head to Kalamazoo, Mich., to take on Western Michigan the same day. Each game will be carried on an ESPN platform.

Matchups were set based on real-time NET rankings. The Mountaineer men are currently atop the Sun Belt standings at 6-1 (15-4 overall), while the Rockets are tied for second in the MAC at 5-1 (11-7 overall). On the women’s side, App State is tied for fifth at 4-3 (10-8 overall), while Western Michigan is tied for seventh at 2-4 (7-9 overall).

App State split its matchups in the first round of the MAC-SBC Challenge, with the women’s team defeating Ohio in Boone, while the men fell to Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill., on Nov. 11.

The men are 2-0 all-time against the Rockets. The last meeting was Dec. 3, 1999, at the Marquette Tournament in Milwaukee, Wis.

This will be the first meeting between the App State and Western Michigan women.

Each MAC and Sun Belt team included in the MAC-SBC Challenge, currently scheduled to take place during the 2023-24 and 2024-25 campaigns, is guaranteed one home and one away game each season.

Scheduling assistance is provided by Ordinal Sports Group. In addition to relevant NET data, geography and frequency of past contests are considered in determining the matchups.

MAC-SBC Challenge Men’s Basketball Matchups

Saturday, Feb. 10

Toledo at App State

Akron at James Madison

Western Michigan at Southern Miss

Kent State at Troy

Miami (OH) at Georgia State

Ohio at Arkansas State

Buffalo at Georgia Southern

Northern Illinois at South Alabama

Ball State at Texas State

Eastern Michigan at ULM

Central Michigan at Old Dominion

Sunday, Feb. 11

Bowling Green at Louisiana

MAC-SBC Challenge Women’s Basketball Matchups

Saturday, Feb. 10

Troy at Bowling Green

ULM at Toledo

Old Dominion at Kent State

Arkansas State at Akron

Georgia State at Miami (OH)

App State at Western Michigan

Georgia Southern at Northern Illinois

Southern Miss at Buffalo

Louisiana at Central Michigan

Texas State at Ohio

South Alabama at Eastern Michigan

Sunday, Feb. 11

James Madison at Ball State