Here’s a look around the Mid-American Conference featuring stories from newspapers that cover the league’s teams. …
AKRON: The Zips’ recent success against MAC West teams isn’t guaranteed this season, Tom Gaffney from the Akron Beacon-Journal reports. ... Gaffney also writes that more consistent play from Zeke Marshall will help the Zips be more consistent as a team.
BALL STATE: Thomas St. Myer of the Muncie Star-Press wrote about the Cardinals' struggles in a loss to Morehead State on Jan. 24. ... St. Myer then wrote how the Cardinals hoped to build a program similar to that of their opponent on Jan. 27, Kent State. ... In his story about that contest St. Myer said it was the toughness of the Flashes that beat BSU. ... Then St. Myer wrote that the Cardinals will need to get tougher to beat Ohio. ... Tough enough for you? St. Myer reports on BSU's home loss to Ohio and the near-brawl that occurred during the contest.
BUFFALO: Rodney McKissic of the Buffalo News wrote about the Bulls' home win over Northern Illinois and how UB tried to contain the Huskies' Xavier Silas.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Drew Ellis of the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun wrote about CMU's struggles on offense entering a home contest against Miami. ... He then had a story about the Chippewas' late collapse in a loss to the RedHawks. ... Ellis also wrote about senior Amir Rashid leaving the Chippewas' program.
KENT STATE: Stephanie Storm from the Akron Beacon-Journal wrote about Randal Holt's fine play in the Golden Flashes' win over Miami Sunday. ... Storm also wrote a feature on what the Flashes are trying to do to lessen the scoring pressure on Justin Greene. ... The ABJ talked about the Golden Flashes' sixth consecutive win over Ball State Thursday.
MIAMI: Pete Conrad of the Dayton Daily News chronicles the injuries that knocked out three-fifths of the RedHawks' starting lineup. ... Conrad talked to Antonio Ballard just days removed from his season-ending surgery. ... And Conrad has the story of the RedHawks' disappointing overtime loss at home to Western Michigan.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Ryan Wood of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle wrote that the Huskies needed no excuses after their win over Akron. ... Wood also wrote about how the mood for practice entering the home game against the Zips was light. ... Wood began the week with a column about how coach Ricardo Patton was upbeat despite two recent tight road losses.
OHIO: Vince Nairn of The (Ohio U) Post wrote about the changes coach John Groce is making based on how players perform in practice. ... Nairn also wrote about how the Bobcats ended a four-game losing streak with a win over Eastern Michigan.
WESTERN MICHIGAN: Elton Alexander of the Cleveland Plain Dealer featured the surprising play of freshman Matt Stainbrook as the lead to his MAC notebook. ... Graham Couch of the Kalamazoo Gazette wrote about why Stainbrook didn't see much action in the Broncos loss to Buffalo. He also wrote about Buffalo's strong second half -- and a dizzy spell by coach Steve Hawkins -- in Western's loss to UB. ... And Paul Morgan wrote in the Gazette that anything can happen in the MAC -- even the Broncos overtime win over Miami.
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