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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Power Rankings Week 5: THE NITTY GRITTY

Chippewas surge, Flashes fade, and more in this week’s power rankings.

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#T-11 Bowling Green Falcons (3-6)

(Average position: 11.33, Highest vote: 10, Lowest vote: 12, Last week: 12)

The Falcons went winless this week and stayed at the bottom of the power rankings as they fell big at Cincinnati and dropped a tight one at Evansville. BG will have a chance to regain some momentum soon as it hosts Detroit on Saturday.

#T-11 Miami RedHawks (4-5)

(Average position: 11.33, Highest vote: 11, Lowest vote: 12, Last week: 11)

Joining Bowling Green at the 11th spot are the RedHawks, who had decisive road losses this week at IPFW and Missouri. Michael Weathers and company have an opportunity to right the ship this week when they take on IUPUI at home Saturday.

#10 Northern Illinois Huskies (4-4)

(Average position: 10.33, Highest vote: 10, Lowest vote: 11, Last week: 8)

Falling a bit in our power ranking is NIU, despite not having a game yet this month. The Huskies have couple of match-ups this week that could move them up, as they play Minnesota on Sunday and host Olivet Nazarene Wednesday.

#9 Western Michigan Broncos (2-7)

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

Although the team lost by a large margin against Cleveland State last night, Western still moved up a spot in our rankings. The road for the Broncos doesn’t get any easier as they host James Madison on Saturday afternoon.

#8 Toledo Rockets (4-5)

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

A one-point loss at home to Green Bay was not what the Rockets need, as they look for a way out of the MAC West cellar. They might be in there for a while with a home contest against Marshall Saturday.

#7 Ball State Cardinals (5-4)

(Average position: 6.67, Highest vote: 6, Lowest vote: 7, Last week: 7)

Ball State stayed pat this week with a home loss to IUPUI Saturday and a convincing victory over Bradley on Tuesday. The Cardinals host Eastern Kentucky this Saturday and don’t play again until December 19, so opportunities for them to move up in the rankings will be few for the next couple of weeks.

#6 Kent State Golden Flashes (6-3)

(Average position: 5.33, Highest vote: 4, Lowest vote: 7, Last week: 5)

Kent State cruised to easy victories over Grambling State and Niagara this week, yet fell in our power rankings. The level of competition likely isn’t going to increase this week with a home game against the New Jersey Institute of Technology Saturday.

#5 Central Michigan Chippewas (8-2)

(Average position: 4.67, Highest vote: 3, Lowest vote: 6, Last week: 6)

The Fighting Marcus Keenes really asserted themselves this week with routs of both Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Green Bay. CMU has a huge test this week with a Saturday game at Illinois, so we’ll see if the team can be legitimate contenders once MAC play rolls around.

#4 Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-3)

(Average position: 4.33, Highest vote: 3, Lowest vote: 6, Last week: 4)

Eastern stays at the fourth slot as the team didn’t have a game this week. The Eagles host Siena Heights Sunday, so the likelihood of them moving up is very, very small.

#3 Buffalo Bulls (4-5)

(Average position: 4, Highest vote: 3, Lowest vote: 5, Last week: 3)

Coming up short in both of their games this week were the Bulls, as they lost very tough games at St. Bonaventure and Pittsburgh. The talented UB squad has a chance to get back on track Saturday when it hosts Coppin State.

#2 Akron Zips (7-2)

(Average position: 1.67, Highest vote: 1, Lowest vote: 2, First-place votes: 1, Last week: 2)

The Zips held down second place after trouncing Coppin State following a loss to a very good Creighton team. Akron has a chance to take over the power rankings this week with a game Saturday at Gonzaga.

#1 Ohio Bobcats (5-1)

(Average position: 1.33, Highest vote: 1, Lowest vote: 2, First-place votes: 2, Last week: 1)

Ohio swatted down Bryant at the Convo on Saturday to remain on top in the rankings this week. With a road contest at Iona Saturday, the ‘Cats look like they’ll be safe at #1 for at least another week.