Best College Sporting Event

MAC Tournament

For a lunatic college-hoops experience, the Mid-American Conference is the hands-down champ. The four-day festival of nets, elbows, and last-second drama comes to Cleveland every March, with an automatic NCAA Tournament bid on the line. Fans from Kent State, Akron, Bowling Green, and Ohio University pack the Gateway bars for pre-game parties, then storm the Q to scream their rivals into submission. And this year, the MAC upped the ante, scrapping the first-round games at campus sites and giving all 12 teams a free pass to Cleveland.