In the spirit of the season, we’re going to go through every MAC team to see what they should take back to the store at this juncture of the season. What should everybody take back? Let’s dive in and find out!
Akron’s sitting pretty at the top of the MAC heading into conference play, so there’s no reason for them to take anything back to the store at this point.
Ball State Cardinals
The Cards need to return ball control as they average over 15 turnovers per game this season, including 100 steals and 42 blocks. It may benefit them to get a free throw shooter in return as they shoot .679 from the charity stripe.
Bowling Green Falcons
BG would like to exchange its performance at the free throw line for stronger play at the glass. The Falcons have shot a pitiful .661 from the line while also having an average rebounding margin of -0.3.
Sloppy play on the offensive end has marred the Bulls this season as they turned the ball over 16.4 times per game. UB needs to trade in the turnovers for some inspired play as it is sitting at 5-7 despite not having elite competition in all 12 of those games.
Central Michigan Chippewas
The Chips have been fired up all season long with Marcus Keene leading the nation in scoring, but they should exchange their soft out-of-conference schedule for some help on the boards. CMU had little resistance in the early part of the season with two NAIA schools and a Division II team on the slate, while it has an average rebounding margin of -1.1 this season.
Eastern Michigan Eagles
EMU’s pretty confident heading into conference play, and you would be too if you had Madonna, Detroit Mercy, and Siena Heights on your schedule. The Eagles could trade in their non-conference slate for some help on the offensive side as less than half of their field goals come off of assists this season.
Kent State Golden Flashes
Since you can’t exchange gifts you haven’t received yet, Kent State can’t return its game at Texas on Tuesday, so it’ll have to settle for taking back its passing. KSU has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.1, and they’ll likely pay for their inefficient play once the MAC games get rolling.
The ‘Hawks lost the receipt on John Cooper, so they’ll have to settle for exchanging their non-conference schedule for some ball movement. Miami averages 11.17 assists per game this season despite having two Division III schools in Muskingum and Olivet on the docket.
Northern Illinois Huskies
The Huskies are playing pretty good roundball as of late, but are in need of better passing as they average less than 12 assists per game this season. NIU might be able to trade its free throw percentage for it as it shoots .686 from the line.
Ohio’s not who we thought they were as they already have three losses and we’re not even into January yet. It would be nice to trade out that win over Georgia Tech for some bench help as the ‘Cats average 20.7 points per game from its second teamers.
UT has been a hard team to figure out this season, especially when it has a turnover margin of -4.6. The Rockets could trade out their sloppy play on offense for some help for Jonathan Williams and Steve Taylor Jr. as they’re carrying the team right now with 36 points per game between them, with the third-leading scorer shooting under 40% from the field.
Western Michigan Broncos
The Broncos have had a brutal non-conference slate this season with #3 Villanova, Washington, and #2 UCLA on the schedule and have stumbled to a 3-8 record. Maybe Western can trade those games in for some help on defense as teams have shot .503 from the field this season.