Men's MAC basketball pre-season rankings released

The Mid-American Conference released the pre-season rankings for men’s basketball this morning with Eastern Michigan University picked to finish fourth in the MAC West division. Eastern Michigan redshirt junior Raven Lee was selected onto the MAC West Division Preseason All-MAC Team as well.

The rankings are decided by a 23-member MAC News Media Panel.

Eastern Michigan is coming off of a 21-win season where they lost in the third round of the MAC Tournament last season to Toledo, 78-67.

Head coach Rob Murphy will be bringing in an arsenal of eight new players this year to join the eight returners.

Eastern Michigan redshirt junior Raven Lee averaged 16.7 points per game last season.

Central Michigan University was picked to finish first in the MAC West division, followed by the University of Toledo, Western Michigan University and then Eastern Michigan. Northern Illinois University and Ball State University rounded out the bottom of the MAC West division.

From the MAC-Sports.com press release:

2015-16 MAC East Division Predicted Order of Finish (first place votes)

1. Akron – 132 points (17)

2. Kent State – 116 (5)

3. Ohio — 69

4. Buffalo – 64 (1)

5. Miami — 60

6. Bowling Green — 42

2015-16 MAC West Division Predicted Order of Finish (first place votes)

1. Central Michigan — 138 points (23)

2. Toledo — 110

3. Western Michigan — 94

4. Eastern Michigan — 71

5. Northern Illinois — 37

6. Ball State — 33

Tournament Champion: Central Michigan (15), Akron (6), Buffalo (1), Kent State (1)

MAC East Division Preseason All-MAC Team

Pat Forsythe, Sr., C, Akron

Lamonte Bearden, So., G, Buffalo

Jimmy Hall, R-Jr., F, Kent State

Eric Washington, Sr., G, Miami

Antonio Campbell, Jr., F, Ohio

MAC West Division Preseason All-MAC Team

Chris Fowler, Sr., G, Central Michigan

John Simons, Sr., F, Central Michigan

Raven Lee, R-Jr., G, Eastern Michigan

Nathan Boothe, Sr., C, Toledo

Connar Tava, Sr., F, Western Michigan


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