Quick Previews: Mid American Conference

Our conference quick previews are just quick predictions for the all-conference teams and the conference standings. If you came here looking for a deep analysis on each team, you’ve came to the wrong place. We’re too lazy to do that 🙂

Last year the MAC finished ahead of the Mountain West, Missouri Valley, and West Coast conferences in RPI. They were 10th in the nation. So why doesn’t this conference get more respect? The answer is A) They haven’t got multiple bids since 1999 and B) They’ve only had one Sweet 16 team in the past decade. At some point, this conference needs to prove their a major conference in March. Could this be the season it finally happens? The MAC has 5 or 6 teams that could realistically win the league. Akron and Ohio look like the favorites early on, with the Zips returning 3 starters from their East division champion team, while the Bobcats return 4 starters from a team that finished 2nd in the East. Buffalo returns three starters and some key reserves from the team that won the conference tournament last season. They have a legit shot at making the Big Dance three years in a row. Out on the West division, Eastern Michigan brings back 4 starters and Raven Lee, who averaged 14.8 PPG off the bench. Ball State also returns 4 starters from last year’s team that won the West division, while Northern Illinois returns a bunch as well. The conference should be full of parity this season, which may prevent them from getting two bids once again. For the league to start getting the respect they deserve, someone is going to have to step up and make a run to put the league on the map.

MAC Projected Standings

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

East Division

1. Ohio: 23-12 (11-7)

2. Akron: 26-9 (13-5)

3. Buffalo: 20-15 (10-8)

4. Bowling Green: 16-18 (5-13)

5. Kent State: 19-13 (10-8)

6. Miami (OH): 13-20 (6-12)

West Division

1. Ball State: 21-14 (10-8)

2. Eastern Michigan: 18-15 (9-9)

3. Northern Illinois: 21-13 (9-9)

4. Western Michigan: 13-19 (7-11)

5. Toledo: 17-15 (8-10)

6. Central Michigan: 17-16 (10-8)

First Team All MAC

(Stats from 2015-2016 season)

Antonio Campbell, Ohio (17.1 PPG, 10.2 RPG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

James Thompson IV, Eastern Michigan (14.8 PPG, 10.6 RPG)

Thomas Wilder, Western Michigan (18.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG)

Jimmy Hall, Kent State (16.4 PPG, 7.9 RPG)

Jaaron Simmons, Ohio (15.5 PPG, 7.9 APG)

NCAA Tournament Bid: Ohio

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