With the sad state of the MAC West these days, I'm ready to declare Northern Illinois (13-7, 8-4 Mid-American) an honorary member of the East division. Their current four-game win streak echoes the West-beating runs of the right-siders' thumpings of the Ball States
and Directional Michigans, so why not move them over? They'll all be seeded in straight numerical order come tourney time anyway.
Yes, the East runs four deep, and Ohio is one of those teams - even if they've lost three of five and are currently about as "it" as Ivana Trump
. They'll go up against an NIU team that's a statistical conundrum: they're the second-most efficient offense in the league (1.05 pts. per poss.) and the worst defensively in terms of efficiency (1.02 pts. allowed per def. poss.), but they only give up four less points per game than they make. How? They play at the 20th-slowest pace in the country (64.1 possessions per 40 minutes). And if you go, say hi to the guy with the basketball tie.
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