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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Power Rankings: Week 11

Number 1 was unanimous

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The rankings are taking shape, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Will Kent State continue their free-fall? Is Buffalo back? Time will tell, but we are going to rank them now anyway.

#12 Miami Redhawks (8-10, 1-4 MAC)

(Average position 11.75, Highest position 11, Lowest position 12)

The good thing about freshman is that they become sophomores. I have heard that from multiple coaches. Freshman Michael Weathers leads Miami in most categories, including turnovers. As the season progresses, so does he, so there is a good chance Miami can climb out of the gutter.

#11 Bowling Green Falcons (7-11, 1-4 MAC)

(Average position 10.6, Highest position 10, Lowest position 11)

The Falcons are struggling to score, which is causing the Falcons to struggle to win. Demajeo Wiggins is going to be a star in this league, but he isn’t quite there game in and game out. As he becomes that player, the Falcons will surely rise.

#9(tie) Western Michigan Broncos (6-11, 2-3 MAC)

(Average position 10, Highest position 9, lowest position 11)

The Broncos had a rough non conference schedule, and once they got to MAC play, it didn’t get any easier. After getting demolished by Ohio, they have won 2, and had close losses at Akron and at EMU. Freshmen Reggie Jones and Brandon Johnson are coming along, helping the Broncos move up the rankings.

#9(tie) Central Michigan Chippewas (11-7, 1-4 MAC)

(Average position 10, Highest position 9, Lowest position 12)

After starting the season 8-2, they have dropped 5 of their last 8. Marcus Keene still leads the country in scoring, and the Chippewas can still score in bunches. The problem is Central Michigan isn’t very good at much else, so when they go cold, they lose.

#8 Kent State Golden Flashes (9-9, 1-4 MAC)

(Average position 7.8, Highest position 7, Lowest position 8)

You can read about the Golden Flashes free fall here.

#7 Ball State Cardinals (12-6, 3-2 MAC)

(Average position 7.2, Highest rank 7, Lowest rank 8)

Ball State is being penalized because their schedule isn’t as tough as some of the other teams. All Ball State has to do is keep winning, and we’ll believe.

#6 Northern Illinois Huskies (12-6, 4-1 MAC)

(Average position 5.4, Highest rank 4, Lowest rank 6)

Marin Maric is the only Husky that is averaging double digits in scoring, but their scoring by committee has been effective none the less. There is no marquee win on the schedule, so that’s why there is still some doubt.

#4(tie) Toledo Rockets (10-8, 3-2 MAC)

(Average rank 4.6, Highest rank 4, Lowest rank 5)

I can’t speak for the other voters, but the reason I have Toledo ranked where they are is the eye test. They have a lot of really good players that are starting to play well together.

#4(tie) Buffalo Bulls (8-10, 2-3 MAC)

(Average rank 4.6, Highest rank 3, Lowest rank 6)

It’s safe to say Buffalo is getting some benefit of the doubt from seasons past. It’s also safe to say the Bulls are starting to play a lot better.

#3 Ohio Bobcats (11-5, 3-2 MAC)

(Average rank 3.4, Highest rank 3, Lowest rank 5)

It’s hard to know what exactly the Akron and EMU losses mean, since Antonio Campbell was injured early in one, and in street clothes in the other. With no update on his status, it’s hard to predict what is next for the Bobcats. There is talent on the roster, even if he isn’t playing.

#2 Eastern Michigan Eagles (12-6, 4-1 MAC)

(Average rank 2, Highest rank 2, Lowest rank 2)

James Thompson IV and company have show flashes of pure greatness all season. As they got into MAC play, other than the hiccup against Buffalo, they have shown they are one of the best teams in the conference.

#1 Akron Zips (15-3, 5-0 MAC)

(Average rank 1, Highest rank 1, Lowest rank 1)

Simply put, the Zips are the best. Winners of 8 straight, and owners of the third longest home winning streak in the country at 26 games makes this an easy pick. Isaiah Johnson and company have a huge test coming up Friday, putting the home streak on the line against number 2 EMU.