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MAC Basketball Weekly Recap



Monday, January 2

Robert Morris 70, Ohio 67

Kent State 90, Shawnee State 65

Vanderbilt 69, Miami-Ohio 62

Northern Illinois 72, Roosevelt 46

Tuesday, January 3

Toledo 107, Indiana-Northwest 43

Western Michigan 72, Milwaukee 61

Wednesday, January 4

Ball State 70, Florida A&M 55

Saturday, January 7

Ball State 78, Western Michigan 69

Eastern Michigan 47, Northern Illinois 40

Bowling Green 67, Ohio 57

Akron 65, Miami-Ohio 60

Buffalo 66, Kent State 65

Central Michigan 85, Toledo 69

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The Mid-American Conference didn't enjoy its best week this past week. Every conference wants its best teams to do well, and over the past seven days, the MAC's most accomplished programs were hit hard. Ohio went 12-1 in its first 13 games of the season, but the Bobcats lost each of their games this past week, dropping a non-conference clash to Robert Morris before being dunked by Bowling Green this past Saturday. Ohio had been flexing its muscles throughout December, taking down every team it faced since a late-November loss at Louisville in a game that was extremely competitive. Ohio learned a lot from that loss to Louisville; taking on a power conference program and a brand name at that made the Bobcats much more responsive and dialed in at both ends of the floor. Before Christmas, Ohio was playing with the cohesion and fluidity that top-shelf basketball teams manage to display over the course of a season's many ups and downs. However, the Christmas and New Year's break - with a decreased amount of action and hence a disruption of normal game rhythms - has seemingly robbed Ohio of the feel and flow it demonstrated so consistently in the first three weeks of December. Ohio's offense just didn't click over the past seven days, making the Bobcats reconsider how they'll attack the rest of the MAC season... or at least the next week of competition.

Ohio is one of only two teams in the MAC with a double-digit win total to this point in the season. The other team is Kent State, and the Golden Flashes - much like Ohio - took a tumble in their first conference game of the year. KSU fell to Buffalo in a one-point thriller, as the Bulls delivered the best win of their season to date. The MAC, typically a one-bid conference regarding the NCAA Tournament, has always been a cutthroat league in which parity and balance reign. If Ohio and Kent State weren't safe in week one of the MAC season, it would naturally follow that the MAC is going to be another crapshoot this season, with early-March momentum being the big key for every school

If any other game in the MAC left a deep impression this past week, it was Akron's win over Miami University. Miami gave Vanderbilt a very strong run on Monday, leading many to think that the RedHawks would have their way with Akron. However, the Zips came up with a strong defensive performance to start their MAC season on a strong note.

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By Matt Zemek
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer