MAC Basketball Week In Review: Logjammin'

The logjam atop the MAC standings could sure use a chainsaw. - Jonathan Ferrey

Five teams sit at 3-1, notably Toledo who took a big win at Akron. Four more sit at 2-2.

Toledo 15-2 (3-1) RPI: 40 BBState: 10
LAST WEEK
(W) Buffalo, 67-65
(W) @Akron, 75-61
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: NIU
Sunday: Kent State
The Juice Brown walkoff jumper may have jump-started this team after the WMU loss, but the game at Akron brought them back into the picture as a front-runner. But we know they can score. I'm more impressed with the defensive numbers.
Ohio 13-4 (3-1) RPI: 77 BBState: 53
LAST WEEK
(W) Ball State, 71-51
(W) @NIU, 65-46
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: BGSU
Saturday: at EMU
Big wins against the lesser teams in the MAC shouldn't be a big story, but everyone seems to be either dropping these contests or letting them hang around. Good on you, Bobcats.
Akron 11-6 (3-1) RPI: 118 BBState: 84
LAST WEEK
(W) Miami, 59-52
(L) Toledo, 75-61
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: at EMU
Saturday: at CMU
Demetrius Treadwell posted back-to-back double-doubles, leading his team in both points and rebounds in both contests. He also led his team in assists (3) once. So don't blame him for the Toledo loss at all. The point guard situation is going to be an issue, but this won't improve anytime soon, unless Carmelo Betancourt suddenly figures it all out.
Eastern Michigan 11-6 (3-1) RPI: 43 BBState: 58
LAST WEEK
(W) WMU, 56-37
(W) @CMU, 72-59
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: Akron
Saturday: Ohio
Yes, their defense is still there defense. Mike Talley didn't get the memo, who has scored at least 14 points in all conference games.
Buffalo 9-5 (3-1) RPI: 102 BBState: 67
LAST WEEK
(L) Toledo, 67-65
(W) Kent State, 71-60
THIS WEEK
Thursday: at Ball State
Saturday: at NIU
If it wasn't Buffalo at 3-1, it would be Kent State at 3-1. So there'd be first-place confusion either way. Maybe logjams are what makes the world go round.
Western Michigan 9-7 (2-2) RPI: 181 BBState: 161
LAST WEEK
(L) @EMU, 56-37
(L) BGSU, 69-64
THIS WEEK
Thursday: at Kent State
Sunday: Ball State
One week you're beating Toledo. The next you're falling to some of the worst teams in the MAC. Thanks a lot, Western Michigan, for again confusing the heck out of us. Related: nobody has ever correctly pronounced "Connar Tava."
Kent State 11-6 (2-2) RPI: 178 BBState: 117
LAST WEEK
(W) @NIU, 73-64 (OT)
(L) @Buffalo, 71-60
THIS WEEK
Thursday: WMU
Sunday: at Toledo
No, they're not playing their best, but they're in their "dormant volcano" mode right now — just kind of hanging around until they make their move somewhere down the line. So don't go building any cities around Kent State basketball, for fear of ashen lava death.
Bowling Green 8-9 (2-2) RPI: 182 BBState: 192
LAST WEEK
(W) CMU, 67-57
(W) @WMU, 67-62
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: at Ohio
Saturday: Miami
I caught a bit of the BGSU-WMU game on the radio Sunday afternoon, specifically the frenzied second half, specifically "the good part" — from 7:44 to the media timeout at 2:05, where I don't think a single stoppage in action existed. By this time my radio started cutting out, which was probably for the best. I was driving, and expected a loss, which could have resulted in some highway carnage. A win at WMU is a pleasant surprise, and while it may not save Louis Orr's job, every win will help salvage his semi-long era here.
Miami 6-9 (2-2) RPI: 163 BBState: 182
LAST WEEK
(L) @Akron, 59-52
(W) @Ball State, 64-52
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: CMU
Saturday: at BGSU
Don't let the record fool anyone; their two wins are against the two 0-4 teams. They'll need some W's against the upper teams, but everybody's doing it these days so it'll happen eventually.
Northern Illinois 7-9 (1-3) RPI: 214 BBState: 264
LAST WEEK
(L) Kent State, 73-64 (OT)
(L) Ohio, 65-46
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: at Toledo
Saturday: Buffalo
They let a beautiful opportunity slip away against Kent State, being up by double digits within 10 minutes of that contest, and that just would've made this entire early standings exponentially weirder. One other odd note: Aaron Armstead lead the team in scoring both times last week, his first(s) of the season.
Central Michigan 7-9 (0-4) RPI: 273 BBState: 259
LAST WEEK
(L) @BGSU, 67-57
(L) EMU, 72-59
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: at Miami
Saturday: Akron
We could criticize, but look: scoring 60 points is hard. I probably couldn't do it either!
Ball State 3-12 (0-4) RPI: 313 BBState: 320
LAST WEEK
(L) @Ohio, 71-51
(L) Miami, 74-62
THIS WEEK
Thursday: Buffalo
Sunday: at WMU
If you can't blog anything nice, don't blog anything at all.
Massachusetts (Atlantic 10) 16-1 (3-0) RPI: 3 BBState: 5
LAST WEEK
(W) @George Mason, 88-87
(W) @Elon, 84-74
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: at Richmond
Sunday: Fordham (NBCSN)
The George Mason win proves you can be on the brink of losing any game, and then not lose the game. It's a proof that is now going to ultimately doom them down the road: they'll be down 30 points with five minutes to go. "We got this," they'll say. And ... they'll lose by 15.
TOP MAC PERFORMANCES
Richaun Holmes (BGSU): 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 steals, 2 assists vs. CMU
Will Regan (Buffalo): 25 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks vs. Kent State
Anthony Henderson (BGSU): 25 points (7-10 3PT), 4 steals vs. WMU
J.D. Weatherspoon (Toledo): 20 points, 14 rebounds vs. Akron
Javon McCrea (Buffalo): 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks vs. Toledo
Shayne Whittington (WMU): 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks vs. BGSU
Kris Brewer (Kent State): 25 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals vs. NIU
Will Felder (Miami): 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals vs. Ball State
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