Nearing the end

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The men’s basketball team has just four Mid-American Conference games remaining in the regular season. The team hosts Ball State at 7 p.m. today.

The women’s team has five games left before the conference tournament.

Where does this leave the Chippewas? On the outside looking in, barring a tournament win by either team.

The men would be the No. 9 seed if the tournament started today, facing Toledo, while the women are fighting Akron and Toledo to avoid being the lowest seeded team.

As a whole, the conference probably will get only one bid to the men’s tournament, unless Kent State loses, the macreportonline says. The Golden Flashes are 21-5, but would still need a deep run in the MAC Tournament if they hope to earn an at-large bid.

Meanwhile, CMU coach Ernie Zeigler still is trying to settle on a rotation. The problem – defense. Zeigler said his team hasn’t defended well since its Jan. 26 win against Akron. We’ll find out if the rotation becomes more clear tonight against the Cardinals.

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The wrestling team is up to No. 4 after Minnesota lost 20-17 to Wisconsin. However, the NCAA Championships are what counts, and the Chippewas are ranked as the No. 10 team team on tournament-strength by Intermat.

Central will get its best test within the MAC at 7 p.m. Friday at No. 20 Kent State. The Golden Flashes feature ranked wrestlers at 133, 141, 165, 184 and 285 pounds

– Robbie Sgro

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