Hustle Belt's MAC Men's Basketball Players of the Week: Week 8

Juice Brown has been the leader of a dynamic Rockets team this season, facilitating the offense en route to a 12-1 start. - John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

East: Javon McCrea, Buffalo

LW: Demetrius Treadwell, Akron

Entering this season McCrea was the No. 1 player in the MAC according to our preseason rankings, and all he's been doing this season is quietly living up to that hype. McCrea is a powerful small forward who can dominate a game, and he did that twice this past week. He averaged just under 23 points and 12 rebounds in wins over Binghamton and Drexel. In fact, in Buffalo's win over Drexel McCrae accounted for nearly half the Bulls scoring, despite fidning himself in foul trouble early on..

In 2 Games Points Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
Javon McCrea 55 23 4 5 5

McCrea is just missing out on a double-double average this season, putting up 17.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest. His play has the Bulls sitting at 6-4, having won six out of their past eight games.If he keeps up his dominant play, the Bulls could make some noise once conference play starts next week.

West: Julius "Juice" Brown, Toledo

LW: Mike Talley, Eastern Michigan

To respectfully disagree with the official MAC West Player of the Week (Rian Pearson), our nod for the best from the West for Week 8 goes to a different Toledo player, point guard Juice Brown. In two games this past week, Juice showed off just how valuable he is to the Rockets by providing in different ways. In Toledo's win vs. Cleveland State, Brown had an awful night shooting, going just 1-for-10 from the floor, but his ability to facilitate and move the ball around helped big men J.D. Weatherspoon and Nathan Boothe tear the Vikings up in the paint.

In 2 Games Points Assists Rebounds
Juice Brown 27 17 4

Brown notched 10 dimes that game, and followed it up with an 18-point, seven assists game vs. Coppin State. He rebounded from his awful night shooting to go 7-for-11 from the floor, including making 40 percent from behind the arc. None of this takes into account his strong, gutty performance against No. 16 Kansas Monday night. All in all Brown is making a case for being the MVP of a Toledo team that is a favorite to dominate the MAC.

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