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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Power Rankings Week 4: AND NOTHING WAS THE SAME

We got some movers and shakers in the week’s power rankings.

James Thompson Eastern Michigan Eagles
James Thompson Eastern Michigan Eagles
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We have a lot of movement in this week’s #MACsketball power rankings as teams are starting to separate themselves as we head into the nitty gritty of non-conference play. With Ohio finally losing last night, the door may be open for a handful of teams to claim that top spot.

#12 Bowling Green Falcons (3-4)

(Average position: 11.5, Highest vote: 11, Lowest vote: 12, Last week: 11)

Despite winning three straight games, the Falcons find themselves at the bottom of our power rankings this week as they weren’t really tested against Morgan State and Notre Dame College. They will definitely be tested in the coming days with a road games at Cincinnati and Evansville.

#11 Miami RedHawks (4-3)

(Average position: 11.375, Highest vote: 10, Lowest vote: 12, Last week: 12)

Miami won consecutive home games this week with a win over Western Illinois and a dramatic overtime victory against a tough Grambling State team. The Fighting Michael Weathers have a couple of huge road tests this week as they take on IPFW and Missouri.

#10 Western Michigan Broncos (2-5)

(Average position: 10.125, Highest vote: 10, Lowest vote: 11, Last week: 10)

The Broncos didn’t move in our power rankings this week as they won over Central Arkansas before losing close to UNC-Wilmington last night. WMU doesn’t play again until next Wednesday against Cleveland State, so the likelihood of the team staying put again next week is pretty high.

#9 Toledo Rockets (3-4)

(Average position: 8.375, Highest vote: 7, Lowest vote: 9, Last week: T-6)

Consecutive defeats at the hands of Middle Tennessee State in overtime and UNC-Wilmington grounded the Rockets in this week’s power rankings, despite Jonathan Williams and Steve Taylor Jr. scoring in double-digits in both of those games. Toledo hosts Green Bay on Saturday.

#8 Northern Illinois Huskies (4-4)

(Average position: 8.125, Highest vote: 7, Lowest vote: 9, Last week: 8)

NIU stayed put in the rankings although it went 1-3 this week with its lone win coming against UIC at home. The Huskies are off until December 11 when they take on Minnesota, so much movement isn’t to be expected next week.

#7 Ball State Cardinals (4-3)

(Average position: 7.375, Highest vote: 6, Lowest vote: 9, Last week: 5)

Falling a bit this week were the Cardinals, despite going 2-1 this week with their only loss coming at Valpo. BSU has an opportunity to move up next week with games against IUPUI and Bradley on the docket.

#6 Central Michigan Chippewas (6-2)

(Average position: 6, Highest vote: 5, Lowest vote: 7, Last week: 9)

The Chippewas are moving on up in the rankings thanks to consecutive wins over Green Bay and William and Mary as Marcus Keene dropped 30+ points in those games. The Chips have Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Green Bay (again) on tap for next week.

#5 Kent State Golden Flashes (4-3)

(Average position: 4.625, Highest vote: 4, Lowest vote: 6, Last week: 2)

Kent State took a nasty fall after dropping a 73-70 decision at Northeastern, a really uncharacteristic loss for the Flashes after not looking quite right all season. KSU is off until Saturday, when it hosts the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

#4 Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-3)

(Average position: 4.375, Highest vote: 4, Lowest vote: 5, Last week: T-6)

Flying up our power rankings are the Eagles, who have three straight games by 17 or more points. James Thompson IV has been a force this season as he has averaged a double-double a game with 15 points and 11.6 rebounds. EMU doesn’t have a game until December 11 when it hosts Siena Heights.

#3 Buffalo Bulls (4-3)

(Average position: 3.125, Highest vote: 3, Lowest vote: 4, Last week: 4)

The Bulls held serve at 2-2 despite a 21-point loss to Creighton, as guards Willie Conner and Blake Hamilton have accounted for 32 points per game this season. With a game at St. Bonaventure Saturday and a showdown with Pittsburgh looming, there’s a chance for UB to move up even more.

#2 Akron Zips (6-1)

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

The first consensus of this week’s power rankings is Akron at the two spot with the team winning six consecutive games. The trio of Antino Jackson, Isaiah Johnson, and Noah Robotham are all a handful as they average 37.8 ppg combined this season. With a game at Creighton Saturday, the Zips have a chance to wrestle the top spot away from Ohio.

#1 Ohio Bobcats (4-1)

(Average position: 1, Highest vote: 1, Lowest vote: 1, Last week: 1, First place votes: 8)

Despite finally losing to Marshall last night, Ohio is the unanimous choice for the top team in the MAC this week due to their great start this season. Antonio Campbell is clearly the MAC Player of the Year frontrunner with 19.2 ppg and 10.8 rpg so far, while the ‘Cats host Bryant on Saturday.