As the basketball season start to take shape, there are quite a few interesting story lines to follow. The MAC East just might be more competitive than initially thought. While the Buffalo Bulls are certainly impressive, sitting at 5-0 and ranked in the top 25, there are some other teams making some noise. Kent State is sitting at 5-1 and with more solid play could enter the MAC race 10-3. They recently knocked off Vanderbilt thanks to some hot shooting from downtown. Akron isn’t far behind, with a 4-2 record, and one of those losses was a close one to ranked Clemson. Ohio, Miami, and Bowling Green have all shown flashes of brilliance.
The MAC West race this season looks to be an insane race of very competitive teams. Central Michigan and Toledo both sit at 5-1, while EMU, WMU, and NIU all have winning records. Ball State is sitting at 3-3, but their three losses have come against Virginia Tech, Alabama, and Purdue.
Here is a quick rundown of the action today.
Central Michigan Chippewas 103, Siena Heights Saints 75
The Chippewas dominated an over-matched opponent, with all 5 of their starters scoring in double figures. 13 Chippewas saw action, with Dallas Morgan hitting double figures off the bench for the second time this season.
Drexel opened hot from the floor and led at halftime, but cooled considerably in the second half. Demajeo Wiggins got yet another double double, scoring 16 and snagging 12 boards. Sophomore Justin Turner had a monster game, scoring 29, grabbing 11 rebounds, and dishing 6 assists. He also had a couple of blocks and steals.
Northern Illinois Huskies 92, Oakland Golden Grizzles 72
In what might be the most impressive individual display all season, Huskies senior Levi Bradley scored 30, going a perfect 13-13 from the floor and 4-4 from beyond the arc. Eugene German threw in another 20 with slightly more pedestrian 7-11 from the floor.
The MAC as a whole is certainly looking impressive this year, with all but 2 teams having winning records, and those two are sitting at .500. There are also some key wins that could certainly help later in the year as the conference tries to gain a second bid to the NCAA tournament that has eluded them for a long time.