Other than themselves, the biggest threat to the Zips is definitely Central Michigan. Can't got a nice transfer guard, and Buffalo still has Moss, so the east will be difficult still. Ohio is really young, but just lost its best returning player in Ryan Taylor, so I don't really see them contending. I also expect BG to be in rebuild mode. John Cooper's days in Miami are numbered and I think he'll be gone after this season. As far as the west, obviously CMU will win it. I don't see any way that doesn't happen (I think we will play them twice this year). Toledo has Boothe, but just lost an excellent class, so they could be way down. I also expect EMU to drop without Talley and Ward, though Raven Lee is a great guard. NIU was supposed to be good last year, but they ended up being pretty bad again. They should improve, but may not contend. Ball State might win more than 2 MAC games, then again they just lost Zavier Turner to transfer, so who knows? Western Michigan is the dark horse in the league this year. Thomas Wilder is one of the best young players in the league as is Drake LaMont. Connar Tava and Tucker Haymond also return, so don't be surprised to see them contending. As for the Zips, they have a great point guard, and a great center. Those are two very important pieces that not many MAC teams have. Akron has really good veterans, great young players, good depth, and the league's best coaching staff. This team is shaping up to look a lot like that 2012-2013 team. Just need to stay healthy and out of trouble. Go Zips!!