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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Power Rankings Week 6: FIRED UP

The Chippewas continue to rise in this week’s power rankings.

NCAA Basketball: Central Michigan at Illinois Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of shakeups around the MAC as teams start to make their final push for some momentum prior to league play in a couple of weeks. Some budding stars such as Marcus Keene, Isaiah Johnson, and Michael Weathers are elevating their teams so far this season, while some of the conference’s team are looking for some consistency. Where did your team end up?

#12 Bowling Green Falcons (4-6)

(Average position: 11.67, Highest vote: 11, Lowest vote: 12, Last week: T-11)

Snapping a two-game skid this week were the Falcons, as they picked up a 13-point home victory over Detroit Mercy. We’ll see if BG can build some momentum heading into the conference season as they travel to take on San Jose State Sunday.

#11 Western Michigan Broncos (3-6)

(Average position: 11, Highest vote: 10, Lowest vote: 12, Last week: 9)

The Broncos fell a bit in our rankings after falling decisively to Cleveland State and downing James Madison at home. Thomas Wilder and WMU has a huge game Saturday as it heads west for a showdown with Washington.

#10 Miami RedHawks (5-5)

(Average position: 10, Highest vote: 9, Lowest vote: 11, Last week: T-11)

The up-and-down RedHawks are currently on an upswing with a close victory of a tough IUPUI squad Saturday. We’ll see what the young ‘Hawks are made of this coming Saturday with a nationally televised game at UCF.

#9 Northern Illinois Huskies (4-5)

(Average position: 9.33, Highest vote: 9, Lowest vote: 10, Last week: 10)

The Huskies managed to make their way to the ninth spot in our rankings despite losing by 20 at Minnesota last week, their fifth loss of their last six games. NIU has some opportunities to get off the schneid coming up with a home game versus Olivet Nazarene and a contest at FIU.

#8 Toledo Rockets (4-6)

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

Staying put at the eight spot are the Rockets as they split their games this week with a close home victory over Detroit Mercy and an overtime loss at Marshall. Toledo has a couple of home games coming up with Southeastern Louisiana and Loyola (Chicago) coming to town, which ought to bode well for Jonathan Williams and company.

#7 Ball State Cardinals (6-4)

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

One of the hotter teams in the MAC, Ball State has won three of their last four games including an overtime win over Eastern Kentucky. Franko House and friends host Longwood on Monday, so we’ll see if they can maintain their momentum.

#6 Buffalo Bulls (5-5)

(Average position: 5.67, Highest vote: 5, Lowest vote: 6, Last week: 3)

Buffalo got a much-needed win this week with a decisive victory at home over Coppin State that broke a three-game skid. The Bull continue their home stand with a game against Canisius Saturday.

#5 Kent State Golden Flashes (7-3)

(Average position: 5.33, Highest vote: 5, Lowest vote: 6, Last week: 6)

Kent looks like it can be a pesky team down the stretch as it has won four of its last five with one loss coming by three points. Jimmy Hall and the team hosts a typically-tough Wright State program Saturday, so a win could thrust them up the rankings.

#4 Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-3)

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

The Eagles have been on fire as they have won six of their last seven, with a dominant win over Siena Heights Sunday. EMU travels to take on Vermont Saturday before a huge Monday night match-up at Syracuse.

#3 Central Michigan Chippewas (8-3)

(Average position: 3, Highest vote: 3, Lowest vote: 3, Last week: 5)

Keene has powered the Chips to two different four-game winning streaks so far this season and look to be dangerous despite a 19-point loss at Illinois. CMU is off until December 21, but look for the team to linger near the top for the time being.

#2 Ohio Bobcats (5-2)

(Average position: 2, Highest vote: 2, Lowest vote: 2, Last week: 1)

Falling to the two spot this week are the ‘Cats after falling to Iona, their second loss in three games. Antonio Campbell and the crew have some chances to get back on track coming up with home contests with Milwaukee and Cleveland State coming up.

#1 Akron Zips (7-3)

(Average position: 1, Highest vote: 1, Lowest vote: 1, Last week: 2, First place votes: 3)

The Zips have finally taken over the top spot, thanks to Ohio falling to Iona and for hanging with Gonzaga as long as they did last week. Akron will have a challenge this week as it host a Marshall team that already beat the Bobcats by ten points this season.