Rant Sports NCAAB Conference Preview: MAC

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Another year of college basketball is quickly approaching and in preparation, Rant Sports College Basketball Network Manager Paul Seaver will be breaking down and predicting the outcomes of each conference across the country.

Today, we look at the MAC:

 

After making a run to the Sweet 16 a season ago, Ohio returns both D.J. Cooper and Walter Offutt in the back court. Expectations are once again soaring for the Bobcats and newly-appointed head coach Jim Christian takes over a program with aspirations of another MAC title.

However, Akron has other thoughts. Seven-footer Zeke Marshall is back and the Zips are looking to dethrone Ohio in 2013. In addition, Javon McCrea leads a tough Buffalo squad that also highlights a top-heavy eastern division. As league opponents have also learned in recent memory, Kent State is another group that cannot be taken lightly.

On the other side of the conference, Eastern Michigan and an improved Toledo squad that looking to make a run of their own.

 

MAC Predictions:

East Division:

1. Ohio

2. Akron

3. Buffalo

4. Kent State

5. Miami (OH)

6. Bowling Green

 

West Division:

1. Toledo

2. Eastern Michigan

3. Central Michigan

4. Ball State

5. Western Michigan

6. Northern Illinois

 

First Team All-MAC Predictions:

G Walter Offutt, Sr., Ohio

G Rian Pearson, Jr., Toledo

G D.J. Cooper, Sr., Ohio

F Javon McCrea, Jr., Buffalo

C Zeke Marshall, Sr., Akron

 

MAC Player of the Year Prediction:

D.J. Cooper, Sr., Ohio

 

Coach of the Year Prediction:

Keith Dambrot, Akron

 

Newcomer of the Year Prediction:

Glenn Bryant, Jr., Eastern Michigan

 

Last Team to Win NCAA Tournament Game:

2012- Ohio advanced to the Sweet 16

 

 

Be sure to follow Paul Seaver on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse

 

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