The Bulls are up to 16th in the nation in the last AP Poll and face off against Western Michigan in their next conference match-up. The Broncos are 0-3 to start the year falling to Akron, Kent and Toledo. The MAC has been predictably unpredictable this year so far as Ty B highlighted some surprising performances to start the year.
Eastern looked deader than my uncle after Thanksgiving dinner when we played them at their place. Turns out they were just passed out for a bit and woke up for some dessert and the night game. Ohio was given 10 points by Vegas and they stuck up their middle finger to Vegas and politely said "Screw off" to Vegas. Bowling Green and Northern Illinois are good I guess? Idk.
The MAC this year is going to look like a sloppy darty at UB off Winspear Ave with everyone just taking jabs at each other until the end.
(^live look at Eastern after this week)
That's my quick little recap on the MAC so far this year. For more on the wild conference check out our new writer Kevin's Power Rankings later in the week. With that being said let's check out this Western Michigan team.
WMU has had some turnover on the roster this year and most of their major contributors this year are new or didn't contribute much for them last season. I'd also be lying to you if I said I watched a lot of Western Michigan so far this year because I have much better things to do with my time. For example, anything. Anything is better than watching a random Western Michigan game against Detroit in November.
Last season they were led by Thomas Wilder who was a do it all point guard for them, but couldn't get them into the MAC semi-finals at the end of the year. They also lost guys like Reggie Jones and Drake Lamont who were each averaging about 25 minutes a game for the Broncos. Tough to compete in a conference like this with all that roster turnover.
This season they're led by Michael Flowers and Seth Dugan. They lead the team in scoring and have both been with the program for a few years now. Flowers is someone who looks like he could be a problem for the years to come if he chooses to stay at WMU long term. He's averaging 17p/5r/3a per game and shooting efficiently. So where can we get him to falter a little? He's averaging close to 3 TO's a game and with the pressure D of Dontay and Davonta we might be able to force him to make some bad mistakes.
Dugan is a little bit more interesting to me. Like I said I can't say I watched much of Western this year, but last year it looked like they just threw him out there because he's 7 feet tall and whispered something like "just don't fuck up out there" to him at the scorer's table before he checked in. He comes from the Knapke family tree of bodies. Long white dudes that seemingly don't know what to do with their arms out there. I'm curious to see the new and improved Dugan though and see if he can get his 8 rebounds against someone as physical as Perk and as long as Montell.
(^seriously look at those arms, wtf is that?)
The MAC ALWAYS provides tough places to get a wins on the road and no road game in the MAC is a cake walk. People forget that our only conference losses were on the road last year and two out of the three were to teams that finished outside the top 4 teams in the MAC during the regular season (NIU and Miami). Road games make me a little more nervous, but I'm still confident here.
Player I think will go off tonight (just a guess, but pls credit if true): Davonta Jordan.
He'll lock up Flowers, maybe draw some charges and get into the lane for some creative finishes. No need to add anything else there really.