MI Herald Tribune: 2020 MAC Men’s Basketball Top Performers

As the NCAA basketball regular season comes to a close for the men of the Mid-American Conference, we have finalized our first and second team awards, as well as superlatives from the league’s best players and arenas.

First Team

G – Michael Flowers (WMU)
G – Ty Groce (EMU)
F – David DiLeo (CMU)
F – Brandon Johnson (WMU)
C – Boubacar Toure (EMU)

Second Team

G – Noah Morgan (EMU)
G – Yeikson Montero (EMU)
F – Dallas Morgan (CMU)
F – Kevin McKay (CMU)
C – Rob Montgomery (CMU)

Central Michigan 13-13 (6-7) and Eastern Michigan 15-12 (5-9), at the time of publishing, both have four players representing their squads in our first and second teams, while Western Michigan 11-16 (4-10) grabs two first-team spots for the Broncos. The three teams have been boom or bust with several streaks going both ways throughout the year that have left each hovering around the .500 mark. However, there are glimpses that things might be heating up at just the right time going into post-season play.

Player Superlatives

Best 3-point Shooter: David DiLeo (CMU)
Best Dunker: Ty Groce (EMU)
Best Finisher: Kevin McKay (CMU)
Best Slasher: Michael Flowers (WMU)
Best Rebounder: Boubacar Toure (EMU)
Best Passer: Devontae Lane (CMU)

The MAC offers athletic and power dunkers, three-point sharpshooters and in-game battles between some of the best finishers and defenders you’re likely to see and these Michigan representatives are among the best in the conference.

Players of the Year

Offensive POY: Michael Flowers (WMU)
Michael Flowers has proven to be a tough matchup in his last two years in the Bronco’s starting lineup. Flowers’ game is well-rounded. He can hit the three, create his own shots off the dribble, make contested buckets in the lane and capitalize on free throw opportunities. Flowers is 5th in the MAC (1st in Michigan MAC) in scoring this season. In addition to his scoring prowess, he is also 8th in the MAC (1st in Michigan MAC) in assists.
Honorable Mention: David DiLeo (CMU) & Brandon Johnson (WMU)

Defensive POY: Ty Groce (EMU)
Ty Groce uses his unmatched vertical for more than high-flying dunks. He ranks 11th in the MAC (3rd in Michigan MAC) in blocked shots, 2nd in the MAC (1st in Michigan MAC) in steals and 17th in the MAC (5th in Michigan MAC) in rebounding. He is athletic enough to guard on the perimeter against shooters or slashers and big enough to defend a large percentage of the MAC’s big men.
Honorable Mention: Boubacar Toure (EMU)

Team Superlatives

Best Concessions: Western Michigan University
Bacon Cheeseburgers, Italian Sausage and delicious soft pretzels. The food at WMU has all the stadium favorites, but without the usually disappointing gameday quality. Plus.. did we mention Bacon Cheeseburgers? Need we say more?
Best Parking: Eastern Michigan
While CMU has an adjacent parking lot and WMU offers a shuttle to the game, Eastern Michigan offers the most and closest parking for those attending games.
Best Arena: Eastern Michigan University
The Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, MI is undoubtedly a beautiful and well kept space. The large Jumbotron over center court sets the scene for the nicest MAC arena in Michigan.
Best Timeout Entertainment: Central Michigan University
It doesn’t get much better than Central Michigan University’s timeout entertainment. All the usual suspects are there (Trivia, basketball shell game and various shooting competitions), but our personal favorite is the Buffalo Wild Wings Chicken Chuckin’ contest where a contestant slingshots a rubber chicken from half court.
Best Dunks: Eastern Michigan University
The EMU Eagles can dunk. The Eagles boast the most electric high fliers and power dunkers that can throw it down during warmups and take off on contested dunks that are not only relegated to open fast breaks.
Best Game Atmosphere: Central Michigan University
Fans always fill the stands reliably at McGuirk and the Chippewas brand of play & excellent three point shooting makes for a raucous environment when the shots start falling and the crowd in Mt. Pleasant gets “fired up!”

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