1951 - The Bowling Green men’s basketball team wins the MAC championship

In 1951, the Bowling Green men’s basketball team won the MAC championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. The team, led by head coach Harold Anderson, finished the regular season with a record of 16-7, including a 10-2 mark in conference play.

In the MAC tournament, Bowling Green defeated Toledo in the semifinals and then knocked off Western Reserve in the championship game by a score of 68-59. The win secured the team’s first conference title since 1939 and earned them a spot in the NCAA tournament.

In the NCAA tournament, Bowling Green faced off against the University of Kentucky in the first round. Despite putting up a strong fight, the Falcons ultimately fell to the Wildcats by a score of 77-59. The loss ended their season with an overall record of 16-8.

The 1951 MAC championship and NCAA tournament appearance marked a significant achievement for the Bowling Green men’s basketball program, and helped set the stage for continued success in the years to come.