MAC Basketball Power Rankings - Week 8

Bobby Hurley was pumped after the road win at Drexel. - Adam Hunger

Buffalo picks up a big win, and Akron loses three games in a row for the first time in two years.

The big shakeup this week comes in the middle of the league, as Buffalo moves into the top 5 and Akron falls after losing three games in a row.

1. Toledo Rockets (12-0), LW: 1

Last week: Coppin State (W)

This week: at Kansas (12/30)

The Rockets took care of business and blew out Coppin State. However, tonight's match-up with Kansas is by far the toughest test they have faced this season and will be a measuring stick as to how the national landscape perceives this team. If they can keep it close, Toledo may have an outside shot of an at-large bid if they don't win the conference tournament. If it's a twenty point loss, then we're back to the normal and it'll be all figured out in Cleveland in March.

2. Kent State Golden Flashes (9-3), LW: 2

Last week: Cleveland State (L)

This week: at Princeton (12/31)

The Flashes probably should have beaten Cleveland State, and it would have been a nice win on their resume. That didn't happen however, and now they travel to New Jersey to face 9-2 Princeton. The Tigers are a really good team and have already beaten Penn State and Rutgers this year. It'll be tough for Kent State to pull this one off.

3. Ohio Bobcats (8-3), LW: 3

Last week: No games

This week: Longwood (12/30), at UNC-Asheville (1/4)

Nothing happened for the Bobcats last week, but they should get two pretty easy wins this week. Longwood is terrible and UNC-Asheville is just a mediocre team. If the Bobcats struggle against one of these two teams, I'll be shocked.

4. Buffalo Bulls (6-4), LW: 6

Last week: Binghamton (W), at Drexel (W)

This week: South Dakota State (1/3)

The Bulls make the largest jump of the week after a great road win at Drexel. The Dragons are a top-100 team in the country and it means even more to win on the road. They've beaten Alabama and Rutgers, and lost to #1 Arizona by a mere four points. This may be the win that sparks the Bulls to a long winning streak and closes out the inconsistent play that had been bogging them down. South Dakota State isn't a pushover, but should be a fairly easy win.

5. Akron Zips (6-5), LW: 4

Last week: Iowa State (L), South Carolina (L), at South Carolina (L)

This week: Coppin State (12/31), Marshall (1/2)

Oof. Not a good week for the Zips, as they lost three straight games for the first time in two years. Those losses did come against high-major level competition, but you got a feeling that they should have beaten South Carolina at least once. The Zips aren't playing well at all right now and will be glad to start playing at the JAR again on a normal schedule. Coppin State should be an easy win, and Marshall should provide a little better game. But if Akron loses either of these, it's a cause for concern.

6. Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-4), LW: 5

Last week: at Duke (L)

This week: at Syracuse (12/31), Rochester (1/4)

After an expected loss at Duke, the Eagles head to second-ranked Syracuse in what will be their fourth game against a ranked team this year and the third against a top-ten team. Non-D1 Rochester comes to town to give the Eagles a break from their daunting schedule.

7. Western Michigan Broncos (6-5), LW: 7

Last week: No games

This week: Siena Heights (1/2)

The Broncos haven't played in two weeks, and they get a non-D1 to start the year off. Western Michigan's first MAC game is at home against Toledo, so maybe the time off is giving them a lot of time to prepare for the Rockets.

8. Bowling Green Falcons (6-6), LW: 8

Last week: at Wright State (L)

This week: IPFW (1/2)

The Falcons lost an ugly game to Wright State 46-43 over the weekend. IPFW comes to The Stroh sitting at 10-5 on the year and they have won four of their last five. This'll be a tough game for the Falcons but would be a nice win if they can pull it off.

9. Central Michigan Chippewas (6-5), LW: 9

Last week: No games

This week: Marygrove (1/3)

No games means no movement for the Chips, and they'll get an easy win over a non-D1 team this week.

10. Northern Illinois Huskies (5-5), LW: 10

Last week: No games

This week: at Iowa State (12/31), Bethune-Cookman (1/3)

It's weird to see the Huskies at .500 this late in the year, and they'll have a chance to stay at that level this week. Iowa State is a sure loss, but the game against B-C is certainly winnable. They're 2-13 and are one of the worst teams in the nation.

11. Miami RedHawks (4-6), LW: 11

Last week: Southern Illinois (W)

This week: at Massachusetts (1/4)

The RedHawks picked up a nice win (relatively) over SIU. They face a tall task at UMass but the conference season starts off well with a road game at Central Michigan followed by a home contest against Western Michigan.

12. Ball State Cardinals (2-7), LW: 12

Last week: No games

This week: at James Madison (12/30), Oakland City (1/3)

James Madison should be a competitive game as the Dukes are struggling just as much as Ball State is. The Cardinals have played a really difficult non-conference schedule so that explains their lousy record. Four of their losses have come against top-100 KenPom teams, and Cleveland State is just outside the top 100. It's hard to judge this team right now, but we may get a clue tonight against the Dukes.

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