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Western Michigan was picked to finish second in the Mid-American Conference West Division in voting Tuesday by media members who cover the league.

Eastern Michigan finished third in the preseason poll and Central Michigan was fifth in the West Division.

Toledo earned 18 of 20 first-place votes and was tabbed the West Division favorite. In the East Division, Akron garnered 17 of 20 first-place votes and was named the favorite there.

Toledo was the overwhelming favorite to claim the MAC tournament championship and the automatic bid in the NCAA tournament.

WEST DIVISION POLL

First-place votes in parentheses.

1. Toledo – 118 points (18)

2. Western Michigan – 94 (1)

3. Eastern Michigan – 68

4. Northern Illinois – 63

5. Central Michigan – 49 (1)

6. Ball State – 28

EAST DIVISION POLL

First-place votes in parentheses.

1. Akron – 117 points (17)

2. Ohio – 92 (2)

3. Kent State – 66

4. Buffalo – 58

5. Bowling Green – 52 (1)

6. Miami – 35

WEST DIVISION PRESEASON ALL-MAC TEAM

Karrington Ward, Sr., F, Eastern Michigan

David Brown, GS, G, Western Michigan

Chris Fowler, Jr., G, Central Michigan

Julius "Juice" Brown, Sr., G, Toledo

Justin Drummond, Sr., G/F, Toledo

EAST DIVISION PRESEASON ALL-MAC TEAM

Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell, Sr., F, Akron

Maurice Ndour, Sr., F, Ohio

Kris Brewer, Kent State, Sr., G, Kent State

Richaun Holmes, Sr., F, Bowling Green

Will Regan, Sr., F, Buffalo

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