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MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
Eagles picked 7th, but the best among the Michigan MAC schools and they receive one championship vote. Bates chosen as a second team selection. Obviously, the conference isn't buying into the hype yet, and they have a very "show me" mentality when it comes to EMU.

2022-23 MAC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll
(First Place Votes)
1. Kent State (6) – 135 points
2. Toledo (4) – 131
3. Akron (2) – 127
4. Ball State -- 94
5. Ohio -- 91
6. Buffalo -- 82
7. Eastern Michigan -- 68
8. Western Michigan -- 66
9. Bowling Green -- 42
10. Central Michigan -- 38
11. Miami -- 36
12. Northern Illinois -- 26

MAC Tournament Champion Votes: Kent State (4), Toledo (3), Akron (2), Eastern Michigan (1), Western Michigan (1)

2022-23 MAC Men's Basketball Preseason All-MAC Teams
First Team
Enrique Freeman, F, Akron, Jr.
Payton Sparks, C, Ball State, So.
Sincere Carry, G, Kent State, R-Sr.
JT Shumate, F, Toledo, Sr.
Lamar Norman Jr., G, Western Michigan, Sr.

Second Team
Xavier Castaneda, G, Akron, Sr.
Kevin Miller, G, Central Michigan, So.
Emoni Bates, F, Eastern Michigan, So.
Malique Jacobs, G, Kent State, R-Sr.
Setric Millner Jr., F, Toledo, Sr.
10-26-2022 09:51 AM
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RE: MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
I get that it is hard to predict a team with so many newcomers, but I feel Noah got slighted by not even getting a 2nd team mention. He was 7th in the MAC in scoring last year as a Freshmen.
10-26-2022 09:56 AM
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RE: MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
(10-26-2022 09:56 AM)EAGLE KING Wrote:  I get that it is hard to predict a team with so many newcomers, but I feel Noah got slighted by not even getting a 2nd team mention. He was 7th in the MAC in scoring last year as a Freshmen.

The top scoring freshman too.

As for coming in 7th overall.... I understand that folks haven't seen our roster play as a team yet, but 7th??? We gained a former 5 star recruit, two power conference transfers, and are returning the MAC's most talented freshman. Yet, we're a bottom half team? I don't get it.
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RE: MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
(10-26-2022 10:07 AM)FrankAnderson Wrote:  
(10-26-2022 09:56 AM)EAGLE KING Wrote:  I get that it is hard to predict a team with so many newcomers, but I feel Noah got slighted by not even getting a 2nd team mention. He was 7th in the MAC in scoring last year as a Freshmen.

The top scoring freshman too.

As for coming in 7th overall.... I understand that folks haven't seen our roster play as a team yet, but 7th??? We gained a former 5 star recruit, two power conference transfers, and are returning the MAC's most talented freshman. Yet, we're a bottom half team? I don't get it.

I had us in the top 6 without Bates and top 4 with Bates. Maybe shakey to start but by conference play I expect to see this team jell.
10-26-2022 10:15 AM
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RE: MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
I love where we are positioned! We have too many unproven players. We need to do our talking on the floor. First chance against UofM on November 11.

Go Eagles
10-26-2022 10:46 AM
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RE: MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
was this poll taken before bates' legal issues were resolved?
10-26-2022 10:55 AM
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MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
The team needs to use this poll as motivation. Obviously, the talent and coaching is there to be #1.

Noah did get screwed though. Oh well, it's better to be on this list in March than it is in October.
10-26-2022 11:03 AM
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I want to be mad about our ranking but I just can't.

It makes sense. We haven't proven anything yet, but I think we will absolutely have this thing rolling by MAC play.

Noah not getting anything is a mistake. Ultimately it's the postseason All-MAC teams that actually matter, but still. He proved enough last year that he should have been named.
10-26-2022 11:26 AM
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I like it, and I hope Stan and the players use it as bulletin board material. Prove that we are MAC contender on the floor.

Personally, I’d have us 5th or 6th strictly because of how young and inexperienced we are in the front court. Geeter and Billingsley should be effective high major transfers, but Geeter is essentially a freshman and Billingsley only played 10 mpg at Georgetown. If these guys develop fast, then we are going to be VERY tough to beat. If they don’t, Emoni better score 40 a night.
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RE: MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
Bates will win POY in the MAC! Farrakhan will be 1st team MAC player this season! If Bates plays will passion he will on par with Ron Harper, Bonzi Wells, and Gary Trent! He will score 25 PPG with ease! He's 6'8" with Kevin Durant skills........He's the best player to wear an Eastern Michigan jersey since George Gervin! But, for us to win the MAC we will need other players to grow up quickly!
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We'll know more tomorrow...
10-26-2022 03:19 PM
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RE: MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
(10-26-2022 01:26 PM)EagleSam Wrote:  I like it, and I hope Stan and the players use it as bulletin board material. Prove that we are MAC contender on the floor.

Personally, I’d have us 5th or 6th strictly because of how young and inexperienced we are in the front court. Geeter and Billingsley should be effective high major transfers, but Geeter is essentially a freshman and Billingsley only played 10 mpg at Georgetown. If these guys develop fast, then we are going to be VERY tough to beat. If they don’t, Emoni better score 40 a night.

I'm with you and Lucky, this is freaking GREAT! You don't hang banners, get NCAA tourney invites or trophies for preseason awards.
10-26-2022 05:17 PM
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RE: MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
(10-26-2022 01:28 PM)EMUGLORYDAYSthe90s Wrote:  Bates will win POY in the MAC! Farrakhan will be 1st team MAC player this season! If Bates plays will passion he will on par with Ron Harper, Bonzi Wells, and Gary Trent! He will score 25 PPG with ease! He's 6'8" with Kevin Durant skills........He's the best player to wear an Eastern Michigan jersey since George Gervin! But, for us to win the MAC we will need other players to grow up quickly!
I'll pump the brakes on the enthusiasm. Emoni is an 18 year old freshman. He's mighty talented but he's still young and will make mistakes. He will, however, make some amazing plays for force the opponents to focus on him. The leaders of this team will be Noah, Acuff, and Ballard.
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(10-26-2022 03:19 PM)emu steve Wrote:  We'll know more tomorrow...

How much are we going to know playing a D2 team? Wait until we start playing D1 teams. Tune up games like tomorrow are great for fans and tuning up the team but not for reading the upcoming season tea leaves.
10-26-2022 05:48 PM
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(10-26-2022 11:03 AM)TheWoodenNickle Wrote:  The team needs to use this poll as motivation. Obviously, the talent and coaching is there to be #1.

Noah did get screwed though. Oh well, it's better to be on this list in March than it is in October.

Amen! It’s all about the end of season. But EMUs positioning in this poll is a joke.

I am ok with Emoni as second team All-MAC, very fitting actually. Lots of potential but still has to prove himself.

Malique Jacobs over Noah Farrakhan for second team ALL-MAC is just absurd. Would even say Noah has the edge on Kevin Miller, but much closer.

So if EMU should have 2 preseason second team All-MAC candidates, yet finish in the bottom half? …Let’s go prove these guys wrong.
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RE: MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
(10-26-2022 09:56 AM)EAGLE KING Wrote:  I get that it is hard to predict a team with so many newcomers, but I feel Noah got slighted by not even getting a 2nd team mention. He was 7th in the MAC in scoring last year as a Freshmen.

Noah is the third leading MAC scorers returning. Ohio’s Sears, Miami’s DaeDae, Toledo’s Rollins, and Buffalo’s Williams have all left. This is total snub for Noah… let’s see where he is at season’s end.
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(10-26-2022 01:26 PM)EagleSam Wrote:  I like it, and I hope Stan and the players use it as bulletin board material. Prove that we are MAC contender on the floor.

Personally, I’d have us 5th or 6th strictly because of how young and inexperienced we are in the front court. Geeter and Billingsley should be effective high major transfers, but Geeter is essentially a freshman and Billingsley only played 10 mpg at Georgetown. If these guys develop fast, then we are going to be VERY tough to beat. If they don’t, Emoni better score 40 a night.

I both agree and disagree. I don’t see anyone with a decent frontcourt this year except Toledo Shumate/Milner and maybe Ball St Sparks/Et Al. So using your logic (which I agree with), would still list EMU as 3 or 4.

EDIT: forgot about Akron’s Freeman. So maybe more like 4 or 5… point taken.
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RE: MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
Real GM has ranked Noah the highest freshman point-guard scorer, ranked him first nationally among freshman point guards, and he's one of the best three-point shooters in the country.

On Instagram there's an article that says that Noah has been named as an all-star to the MAC's second team.
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(10-26-2022 08:20 PM)Miggy Wrote:  Real GM has ranked Noah the highest freshman point-guard scorer, ranked him first nationally among freshman point guards, and he's one of the best three-point shooters in the country.

On Instagram there's an article that says that Noah has been named as an all-star to the MAC's second team.

Agree that Noah is at minimum a 2nd team all MAC preseason selection. Last year Noah had to play with two hands behind his back because he was the only offensive threat late in the season. This year if teams key on Noah then Emoni and Acuff will make them pay.

Looking forward to seeing Noah’s growth and match up with sincere cary for 1st team all mac honors.
10-27-2022 03:55 AM
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RE: MAC Basketball Preseason Poll
Personally I feel we have a 2 headed monster
You double up on Emoni, Noah can score
You double up on Noah, then Emoni can score
Doubling both is stupid because then you leave 2 guys for sure open
The only thing you can do is one on ones
They both win one on ones
I don't see how we didn't get #1
This team is going to be an offensive powerhouse
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