MAC Basketball Week In Review: Toledo and EMU still haven't lost, what's up with that?

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Kent State went 4-0 on the week and Miami is still looking for their first win. Here is a look back at the 12 MAC teams (plus UMass) recent schedule, sorted by win-loss record, and some of the top performances.

Toledo 5-0 RPI: 43 BBState: 4
LAST WEEK
(W) Florida A&M, 79-69
(W) Stony Brook, 103-99 (at Detroit)
(W) @Detroit, 80-78
THIS WEEK
Sunday: vs. Florida Atlantic (at Detroit)
Rocky don't care. Toledo or Detroit, they're going to keep winning until they're damn well tired of winning. One more game in the Detroit 2K Sports Classic and they don't play again for eight days. Go to a Rocket player's family for Thanksgiving and watch them slam dunk a bowl of cranberries.
Eastern Michigan 5-0 RPI: 8 BBState: 1
LAST WEEK
(W) Cleveland State, 81-69
(W) Texas-Arlington, 74-69
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: at Kentucky
Sure, two of the wins are cheap, but the Cleveland State double-digit victory proved that this team is at least competitive. The Eagles haven't won the first five games of their season since 1995 — Earl Boykins' sophomore year. He was little back then!
Kent State 6-1 RPI: 105 BBState: 36
LAST WEEK
(W) Saint Peter's, 75-58
(W) Western Carolina, 72-59
(W) South Carolina-Upstate, 79-78
(W) Niagara, 102-97
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: vs. Youngstown State
Busy week at home, beautiful results. And while not even heavily up-tempo, these Flashes have yet to be held to under 70 points in a game. Now accepting weird theories on this, and also why the leading scorer for Kent State last week was Mark Henniger.
Ohio 4-1 RPI: 65 BBState: 92
LAST WEEK
(W) Valparaiso, 76-72
(W) @Morgan State, 65-62
(W) Heidelberg (DIII), 85-57
THIS WEEK
Tuesday: vs. Mercer
Saturday: vs. Evansville
A couple of close calls broke in their favor, and having Maurice Ndour on the team occasionally helps. Another couple of tough challenges face the Bobcats this week, both at home, so it's possible they keep one of the best records in the MAC in the early season.
Western Michigan 3-2 RPI: 285 BBState: 273
LAST WEEK
(W) Alabama A&M, 73-69
(L) North Dakota State, 83-74
THIS WEEK
Tuesday: vs. Oakland
Friday: vs. Cornell
A good win over the A&M of Alabama, which is just two letters of Alabama out of seven. We do not how well they'd do against the rest of Alabama, or L&A&B&A&A. But they do play two winless teams this week. Just don't be the team they finally top.
Central Michigan 3-3 RPI: 324 BBState: 259
LAST WEEK
(W) Austin Peay, 90-75
(L) Montana State, 59-54
(W) Cal-Northridge, 90-76
THIS WEEK
Tuesday: at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Saturday: vs. Jacksonville State
Going 2-1 at one's own basketball tournament ain't bad. But 90 points, 54 points, 90 points ... guys, let's just pick a tempo and stick with it.
Ball State 2-2 RPI: 202 BBState: 266
LAST WEEK
(W) SE Missouri, 87-83
(L) Butler, 59-58
THIS WEEK
Wednesday: at Utah
Saturday: at Cleveland State
Is hanging with Butler for 39 minutes and 59 seconds a good thing for James Whitford's mysterious team of unknown commodities, or was it just gas? The world may never know.
Buffalo 1-2 RPI: 329 BBState: 349
LAST WEEK
None
THIS WEEK
Tuesday: vs. Robert Morris
Saturday: vs. Delaware State
And nothing happened. But they have two games on Thanksgiving week; most grown-ups are unfortunate if they have to work two full days this week.
Akron 1-2 RPI: 165 BBState: 181
LAST WEEK
None
THIS WEEK
None
Akron basketball remains incubated in blissful stasis. No wins or losses for a few weeks, just peaceful existence. Life is zero sum.
Bowling Green 1-3 RPI: 73 BBState: 130
LAST WEEK
(L) @Wisconsin, 88-64
(L) @Saint Louis, 74-47
THIS WEEK
Tuesday: vs. Presbyterian
The Bowling Green basketball season probably starts in a few weeks.
Northern Illinois 1-3 RPI: 303 BBState: 312
LAST WEEK
(L) Milwaukee, 82-69
THIS WEEK
Sunday: vs. St. Joseph's (D-II)
Saturday: at Nebraska
Whatever, man. They already have a win in the nonconference this season. You can't touch them.
Miami 0-4 RPI: 79 BBState: 287
LAST WEEK
(L) @Xavier, 77-51
(L) Wilmington (DIII), 65-63
THIS WEEK
None
Yes, they're running around the country getting whacked, and maybe it has something to do with character-building, but there's something poetic about the one they call Miami (Ohio) losing to Wilmington (Ohio). Also, ya probably shouldn't go 3-for-20 on threes against a Division III team.
Massachusetts 5-0 RPI: 1 BBState: 11
LAST WEEK
(W) Youngstown State, 85-69
(W) Nebraska, 96-90
(W) New Mexico, 81-65
THIS WEEK
None
Hi UMass. It's Matt calling. Sounds like you're busy again. Just wondering what you thought about joining the MAC full time. Oughta be fun. Okay bye.
TOP PERFORMANCES
Karrington Ward (EMU): 29 points (9-10 FG, 7-11 FT, 3-3 3PT), 6 rebounds, 3 steals vs. Cleveland State
Maurice Ndour (Ohio): 23 points (9-13 FG, 4-7 FT, 1-1 3PT), 6 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 steals vs. Valparaiso
Shayne Whittington (WMU): 22 points (8-12 FG, 4-10 FT, 2-2 3PT), 17 rebounds vs. Alabama A&M
Juice Brown (Toledo): 23 points (5-9 FG, 10-10 FT, 3-7 3PT), 8 assists, 2 steals vs. Stony Brook
Mark Henniger (Kent State): 17 points (4-7 FG, 9-9 FT), 8 rebounds, 2 blocks vs. Western Carolina
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