After an exciting opening two games we're due for four thrillers on Wednesday night. We'll see if home court advantage plays a role as tonight's home teams are 28-2 on the year in their respective homes.
Toledo @ Ball State
Toledo has constantly been in our top two in the weekly power rankings. A common theme throughout the MAC is what to make of teams at the end of conference play as I'm still unsold on most teams. The Rockets are led by the dynamic duo of Jonathan Williams and Nathan Boothe who combine for 37 points a game. This is almost half the points Toledo scores a game so as they go Toledo goes.
The Cardinals have been one of the lower scoring schools in the MAC at 69 points per game. I'm not sure they can score enough to keep up with Toledo in this one. If Williams and Boothe are on the Cardinals are in for a long opening night.
Miami @ Bowling Green
Miami so far has the worst non-conference record at 6-7 but it's misleading as they have closely competed against opponents this season. They played their best game against Dayton on the road who's now ranked losing on a last second shot on the road. The game stung for the RedHawks but also showed they are going to be a tough out this season in the MAC.
The Falcons didn't show me much against a weak non conference schedule. As they got blown out by Wright State, Detroit and Cincinnati. The Wright State loss I can't fathom as Northern beat them by single digits early on the season. Offense hasn't been the problem for the falcons it's been the ability to get stops against their opponents.
Eastern Michigan @ Central Michigan
James Thompson IV has been an animal for Eastern Michigan need I say more. The freshman who already has his eyes on MAC Freshman of the Year is poised to continue his strong play against the Chippewa's.
Central Michigan has been awful on the road this season losing six out of six games. Although besides a thrashing by Western Kentucky they all have been by four points or lest. Luckily for the Chippewa's there at home but I don't see them having enough fire power to defeat Eastern Michigan.
Ohio @ Northern Illinois
Early indications put this as the best matchup of the night as it puts the Bobcats at 9-4 vs. the 11-2 Huskies. The Huskies have been led by a balanced attack all season. Marin Maric a 6-10 sophomore has paced the Huskies with 12 points per game and eight rebounds. There only two losses on the season were to big five schools on the road by 13 and seven respectively.
Surprisingly through 13 games Ohio has only played two road games so this will be quite the test for them as they open MAC play. Ohio like Northern spreads out the scoring as five players average more than 10 points a game for the Bobcats. If Antonio Campbell can keep up his strong start he can put himself into the running for MAC player of the year.