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Morning Dump: WMU and Miami battle on the recruiting trail in Mid-America, wherever that is

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It's definitely not Kansas

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  • This is a blog for a conference with "Mid-American" in it's name, so not surprisingly when Vox asked people to identify the "Midwest" the Belt was thrown into a fierce debate over just where the region's borders should begin and end. If you think Kansas is in the Midwest you're wrong, but hey, who cares what we think? Select who belongs in the Midwest yourself!
  • National Signing day is next week, so now is as good a time as any to check out how the MAC schools stack up against each other leading up to the big day. Western Michigan looks poised to claim the top rated spot for the third year in a row, but not by a wide margin. Chuck Martin and the Miami RedHawks have officially joined the party if you believe the 247 sports rankings. Remember, cross referencing is good, and Miami is highly rated by both Scout.com and Rivals.
  • Speaking of the Broncos, the WMU men's basketball team went dancing just two seasons ago. This year, the team is struggling to get to .500, and may likely not get there following yet another heart breaking loss to Bowling Green. If there's a silver lining in any of this, perhaps it's that Connar Tava's red shirt provides for a very formidable lineup for the 2016-2017 season.
  • Antonio Campbell and Jimmy Hall will share the court in Athens on Friday night, and if that wasn't reason enough for you to designate your eyeballs to some MACsketball for a few hours, Kent State and Ohio's 9 p.m. tip is the only MAC game of the night. Both squads come off huge wins from Tuesday, with Ohio upsetting Toledo and Kent State taking care of Eastern Michigan.
  • The NCAA men's Basketball Tournament committee rarely selects more than one MAC team to go dancing, and given the parity in the league this season that likely won't change. Experts think either Northern Illinois or Kent State will be left standing when the final buzzer sounds in Cleveland. What do you think?
  • Opening day is closing in for the guys in the big leagues, meaning we're not far from every baseball player's favorite phrase in the wintertime: pitchers and catchers. The same goes for the hurlers in the Mid American Conference, and there are plenty of arms to get excited about in 2016. If you haven't been paying attention, you're in luck. Tony Wolfe has done all the research for you previewing the best pitchers in the MAC headed into the season