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MAC Men’s Basketball Power Rankings: 2/11/2019

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Quite a shake up, except at the top. At least for now.

NCAA Basketball: Toledo at Buffalo Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Mid-American Conference does a great job of making exciting contests, and this season is no different. Great news for fans, but not so great news for teams that are trying to make an impression on the national audience. However, Buffalo has been ranked for much of the season, and is still clinging to the top 25 even though they have 2 conference losses. Is there a rival for their top spot?

#12 Western Michigan Broncos

(0-10 conference, 6-17 overall)

The Broncos have suffered injuries, but still somehow manage to play some good basketball games. Unfortunately, their best games have come against good teams, and they have yet to win a conference game.

#11 Ohio Bobcats

(3-7 conference, 11-11 overall)

The Bobcats are struggling, losing 3 in a row. Next year should be much better for this young team.

#10 Eastern Michigan Eagles

(4-6 conference, 10-13 overall)

This just might be the most dangerous 10-13 team in the country. They also have some awful offensive games. I have never seen a roller coaster quite like this EMU team.

#9 Northern Illinois Huskies

(5-6 conference, 12-12 overall)

The Huskies have been trending down, losing 4 of their last 5. Eugene German will make an upswing much less likely.

#8 Ball State Cardinals

(4-7 conference, 13-11 overall)

The Cardinals have the talent, but have had some bad luck mixed in with some bad shooting nights. This team could pull it together and close strong.

#7 Miami RedHawks

(5-6 conference, 13-11 overall)

Winners of 5 of their last 7, including handing Bowling Green their first conference loss, the RedHawks are trending up. Like most of the league, they have always had the talent this year, they are just now starting to live up to potential.

#6 Central Michigan Chippewas

(5-5 conference, 16-7 overall)

The slumping Chippewas are not in a free fall, but will need to start racking up wins if they want to climb back toward the top of our power rankings.

#5 Akron Zips

(6-4 conference, 14-9 overall)

The Zips have been competitive. If a few more of their jumpers start dropping, they could find themselves with one of the 4 coveted byes in the MAC Tournament.

#4 Kent State Golden Flashes

(6-4 conference, 17-6 overall)

A big loss against rival Akron wasn’t enough to drop the Golden Flashes below them in our power rankings for two reasons. One, one game isn’t the end all, be all, even a head to head game. Two, the Golden Flashes have a light schedule coming up. If they need to drop, it will be apparent by the next power rankings.

#3 Bowling Green Falcons

(8-2 conference, 16-7 overall)

Ok, in this case, one game did mean everything. The Falcons lost to rival Toledo at home. Picking between the two was really just splitting hairs.

#2 Toledo Rockets

(8-3 conference, 20-4 overall)

If the Rockets pull off the upset against Buffalo, then it will be time to start talking about the Rockets and an at-large bid. That’s a big if. They would also need to handle their business the rest of the way. Another big if, even if their schedule appears to be a bit on the weak side.

#1 Buffalo Bulls

(8-2 conference, 20-3 overall)

The Bulls have slipped up a couple of times in conference play, but still maintain a top 25 ranking, both in the polls and in the NET Rankings.