Things are changing in the MAC. A week ago, we had Bowling Green and Akron heading up our power rankings, and they both went out and lost both games this week. Meanwhile Kent State, Toledo, Central Michigan, Buffalo and Miami won both their games this week to move up in the rankings.
Here is how we stand with just two weeks left in the regular season:
|1||Kent State||19-8 (10-4)||2||W - Ball State, W - at Ohio|
|2||Toledo||18-9 (10-4)||4||W - at Akron, W - at Western Michigan|
|3||Central Michigan||20-5 (10-4)||5||W - Northern Illinois, W - Ball State|
|4||Bowling Green||17-8 (9-5)||1||L - Miami, L - Buffalo|
|5||Akron||17-10 (8-6)||3||L - Toledo, L - Miami|
|6||Buffalo||17-9 (8-6)||7||W - at Eastern Michigan, W - at Bowling Green|
|7||Western Michigan||16-11 (7-7)||6||W - Ohio, L - Toledo|
|8||Eastern Michigan||17-10 (6-8)||8||L - Buffalo, W - Northern Illinois|
|9||Miami||11-16 (6-8)||11||W - at Bowling Green, W - at Akron|
|10||Ohio||9-16 (4-10)||10||L - at Western Michigan, L - Kent State|
|11||Northern Illinois||10-15 (4-10)||9||L - at Central Michigan, L - Eastern Michigan|
|12||Ball State||7-18 (2-12)||12||L - at Kent State, L - at Central Michigan|
The top three are clearly playing the best basketball right now, although I think Central Michigan is definitely in the top two. Toledo had the most impressive wins this week and look to be the team to beat heading into the MAC Tournament. Kent State got Jimmy Hall back and is still beating teams they should.
Bowling Green and Akron had rough weeks, both losing at home to Miami. The Falcons and Zips aren't playing good basketball right now, and with it being late February that's the worst time to be struggling.
Buffalo and Miami also had nice weeks, sweeping both games. The RedHawks have won three in a row and could play the role of spoiler in the next two weeks and in the MAC Tournament.
Ohio, Northern Illinois, and Ball State have pretty much shut down for the year. They could spring a first round upset, but they really look like they just want their seasons to be over.