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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Power Rankings Week 3: The Silly Season

Teams are still finding out their identities in this week’s power rankings.

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The was a little bit of shake-ups in our basketball power rankings as most teams are trying to find some consistency in the early part of the season. One of the teams isn’t Ohio as they are your unanimous #1 with its win at Georgia Tech. Scroll on down to see where your team ended up this week.

#12 Miami RedHawks (2-3)

(Average position: 11.6, Highest vote: 11, Lowest vote: 12, Last week: 12)

The Redhawks had a tough go of it this week with losses at home to Delaware and Northern Kentucky (IN A RIVALRY GAME THO). Michael Weathers is off to a tremendous start to his college career, but the team around him needs to play better.

#11 Bowling Green Falcons (1-4)

(Average position: 11.4, Highest vote: 11, Lowest vote: 12, Last week: 11)

BG got their first win of the season Sunday against Murray State at home with three players scoring double-digits, but we’ll see if they’re able to turn that into some momentum.

#10 Western Michigan Broncos (1-4)

(Average position: 9.8, Highest vote: 9, Lowest vote: 10, Last week: 8)

With losses against Villanova and UTEP this week, the Broncos find themselves at the #10 spot this week. Thomas Wilder led the way against ‘Nova with 19 points, while Tucker Haymond dropped 20 on the Miners.

#9 Central Michigan Chippewas (4-1)

(Average position: 9, Highest vote: 8, Lowest vote: 10, Last week: 7)

The Chips went 2-1 this week, but a big loss to St. Bonaventure Tuesday killed a little bit of their momentum. With three more games in the coming days, we’ll see how CMU responds to some early season adversity.

#8 Northern Illinois Huskies (3-1)

(Average position: 8.2, Highest vote: 8, Lowest vote: 9, Last week: 9)

NIU look good this week as it rolled over Idaho and lost by one possession at Cal State Northridge. With three games in DeKalb this week, the Huskies should continue their winning ways as they build toward the MAC season.

T-#6 Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-3)

(Average position: 6.2, Highest vote: 5, Lowest vote: 7, Last week: 5)

After getting the win over Gardner-Webb this week, the Eagles were handled by IUPUI in Indianapolis, so we’re not quite sure what to make of EMU this season. The team has two home games on tap this week, so look for Eastern Michigan to assert themselves.

T-#6 Toledo Rockets (2-2)

(Average position: 6.2, Highest vote: 4, Lowest vote: 7, Last week: 10)

The Rockets are 1-1 this week after a close win at Wright State and a ten-point loss at Middle Tennessee. Toledo has some pretty good tests this weekend with MTSU for a second time, Evansville, and UNC-Wilmington.

#5 Ball State Cardinals (2-2)

(Average position: 5, Highest vote: 4, Lowest vote: 6, Last week: 6)

Ball State finally got Alabama, but I doubt an 18-point defeat was what in had in mind when it wanted the Tide. The Cards got right back on the horse with a win over Coppin State in Las Vegas and they finish that tournament up with Southern Utah Wednesday.

#4 Buffalo Bulls (2-1)

(Average position: 4.4, Highest vote: 3, Lowest vote: 6, Last week: 4)

The defending MAC champions crushed Nazareth in their only contest this week. With a tournament in Anchorage, Alaska and a game against Creighton on deck, the Bulls might make a play for being in the top three.

#3 Akron Zips (3-1)

(Average position: 2.8, Highest vote: 2, Lowest vote: 4, Last week: 2)

The Zips downed Georgia Southern at home in their lone game of the week as Antino Jackson and Isaiah Johnson carried them with 39 points combined. Akron could be battling it out with Kent State for the second spot in our rankings with a tournament in Savannah, Georgia.

#2 Kent State Golden Flashes (3-2)

(Average position: 2.4, Highest vote: 2, Lowest vote: 3, Last week: 3)

Kent State is limping towards December as it went 1-2 this week with losses to South Dakota and George Mason. With two road games next week, we may have a new face at the #2 spot.

#1 Ohio Bobcats (3-0)

(Average position: 1, Highest vote: 1, Lowest vote: 1, First place votes: 5, Last week: 1)

Ohio made the most of the one game this week as it downed Georgia Tech on the road thanks to Antonio Campbell’s 25 points and 12 rebounds. The Bobcats travel to Tennesee Tech and Marshall next week, so they should keep a hold on the top spot.