MAC Basketball Week In Review: Toledo, Kent State Earn Key Road Victories

Toledo's come-from-behind win at Boston College kept them perfect this week. - Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

A look back at the week in MAC basketball, a glance at the upcoming games, and our top performances in the last seven days

1. Kent State 2-1 RPI: 19 BBState: 46
LAST WEEK
(W) @Temple, 81-77
(L) @Seton Hall, 78-76
THIS WEEK
Sunday: vs. Saint Peter's (0-2)
I'm not entirely sure what Kent State is doing venturing into the Big East and AAC this early in the season, and maybe I don't want to know, but coming out of that 1-1 with just a two-point loss is just about all you can ask for. A couple more difficult challenges stand in their way during OOC play but they pretty much went through the gauntlet already. Time to pump up that record.
2. Toledo 2-0 RPI: 146 BBState: 5
LAST WEEK
(W) @Boston College, 95-92
THIS WEEK
Monday: vs. Florida A&M (1-2)
Friday: vs. Stony Brook (3-0) (at Detroit)
Saturday: at. Detroit (1-2)
Now that BC is left scratching his head, Toledo can relax and finally enjoy a big nonconference victory in the Tod Kowalczyk era. At long last they could strut their super transfer power with J.D. Weatherspoon and Justin Drummond. Their next trip is a quick bus ride to the 2K Sports Classic, hosted by Detroit.
3. Eastern Michigan 3-0 RPI: 12 BBState: 3
LAST WEEK
(W) Concordia (NAIA), 95-50
(W) Robert Morris, 69-64
THIS WEEK
Monday: vs. Cleveland State (2-1)
Saturday: vs. Texas-Arlington (2-2)
After loading up on empty non-Division I calories, EMU gave themselves a legitimate with against Robert Morris, who you may remember beat noted NBA Lottery Incubator Kentucky in the opening round of last year's NIT. This record probably won't hold up, especially as they AGAIN play Kentucky next Wednseday, but so far so good for the perfect Eagles.
4. Central Michigan 1-2 RPI: 195 BBState: 51
LAST WEEK
(L) @Bradley, 80-70
(L) Pepperdine, 88-71
THIS WEEK
Thursday: vs. Austin Peay (1-1)
Friday: vs. Montana State (0-2)
Saturday: vs. Cal State-Northridge (1-2)
It appears CMU didn't do enough to heckle Kent State's pending lawsuit against Geno Ford and visiting Bradley, or maybe they plum forgot about it. I can't explain the loss to Pepperdine other than "they might be better at basketball than them." Let's go with that. But CMU will have some more fun by bringing in some more beatable teams to the tournament they are hosting this weekend.
5. Western Michigan 2-1 RPI: 113 BBState: 120
LAST WEEK
(W) Tennessee State, 63-52 in Honolulu
THIS WEEK
Sunday: vs. Alabama A&M (1-1)
Wednesday: North Dakota State (1-1)
Little bit of advice, WMU schedulers: never start a season in Hawaii — it goes downhill from there. The next week could be a case of revenge at the hands of NDSU, who had their season end in Kalamazoo in the first round of the NIT. Of all the delicious meat animals, the Bison holds the longest grudge.
6. Ohio 1-1 RPI: 259 BBState: 228
LAST WEEK
(L) @Ohio State, 79-69
THIS WEEK
Sunday: Valparaiso (2-1)
Wednesday: at Morgan State (0-3)
Saturday: Heidelberg (D-III)
A close game at Ohio State (which would have been closer if half of Athens didn't foul out) put the first blemish on the Bobcats' record, but with their high turnover (the roster, not the losing-the-ball-to-the-other-team) we still need to see more to understand this team's potential, and they have a shot at still being a team to beat.
7. Bowling Green 1-1 RPI: 99 BBState: 53
LAST WEEK
(L) South Florida, 75-61
THIS WEEK
Thursday: at #20 Wisconsin (3-0)
Saturday: at Saint Louis (3-0)
The bad news is that South Florida, in all fairness, is undefeated. The good news is that the Falcons' next two opponents are also undefeated! Wait, reverse those. This is going to be a long season for BGSU, isn't it?
8. Akron 1-2 RPI: 263 BBState: 203
LAST WEEK
(L) @Saint Mary's, 85-63
(L) @Middle Tennessee, 80-73
THIS WEEK
None
Well, if you're going to lose, lose big at 3 a.m. Nobody's going to remember it, because even for those souls who stayed up late, fatigue is not good for the memory. Another tough loss at MTSU gives the Zips a huge break, who are now in the midst of a 21-day layoff — they don't play again until December 7 at Cleveland State.
9. Miami 0-2 RPI: 135 BBState: 261
LAST WEEK
(L) @Arizona State, 90-54
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: at Xavier (3-0) (FS1)
Saturday: Wilmington College (D-III)
So far, so winless. An easy non-D1 game is on the horizon, but right now the RedHawks are nonconference fodder for other teams until further notice.
10. Buffalo 1-2 RPI: 284 BBState: 318
LAST WEEK
(L) @Niagara, 92-81
(W) West Virginia Wesleyan (D-II), 80-60
THIS WEEK
None
Bobby Hurley's boys are still winless against Division I, which seems like a perfectly good waste of Javon McCrea performances. Buffalo's next game is a week from Tuesday against Robert Morris.
11. Northern Illinois 1-2 RPI: 319 BBState: 311
LAST WEEK
(L) James Madison, 60-55
(W) San Jose State, 60-59
THIS WEEK
Sunday: vs. Milwaukee (3-1)
Yes, that's a victory you see next to NIU's name! This is their earliest win since 2009, and even though SJSU has won nine games in each of the last two years, it's still a win. Illinois State transfer Jordan Threloff might be a major player for them, keeping them in ballgames they'd otherwise lose by 10. The Kyle Randall of the team, if you will. NIU finishes out their home tournament against Milwaukee before resting up and playing some fierce competition.
12. Ball State 1-1 RPI: 331 BBState: 333
LAST WEEK
(W) Taylor (NAIA), 73-53
THIS WEEK
Monday: vs. SE Missouri (2-1)
Saturday: vs. Butler (2-0)
I'd like to write much about a 20-point win over a college called Taylor, but I have to wash my hair tonight. So I'll take a raincheck and wait for them to play teams of their own caliber.
N/A Massachusetts 2-0 RPI: 124 BBState: 184
LAST WEEK
(W) Boston College, 86-73
(W) Louisiana State 92-90
THIS WEEK
Sunday: vs. Youngstown State (4-0)
Thursday: vs. Nebraska (2-0) (ESPN3)
Our Atlantic 10 cousins piled together two nice wins and if they can stay perfect, are a good candidate for the Top 25. Seriously, UMass, anytime you want to join up with the MAC, the door's wide open.
TOP PERFORMANCES
• Javon McCrea (Buffalo): 31 points (9-17 FG 13-16 FT), 14 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks vs. Niagara
Kris Brewer (Kent State): 28 points (9-12 FG, 6-6 FT, 4-4 3PT) vs. Seton Hall
• Juice Brown (Toledo): 23 points (8-14 FG, 7-8 FT, 0-2 3PT), 10 assists, 3 steals vs. Boston College
Karrington Ward (EMU): 19 points (3-7 FG, 12-14 FT, 0-2 3PT), 12 rebounds, 2 blocks vs. Robert Morris
Chris Fowler (CMU): 20 points (8-10 FG, 3-5 FT, 1-1 3PT), 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals vs. Bradley
• Reggie Johnson (Miami): 24 points (9-16 FG, 5-6 FT, 1-4 3PT), 5 steals vs. Arizona State
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