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UB men's basketball picked to win MAC East in preseason poll

The University at Buffalo men's basketball team has been selected to win the Mid-American Conference East Division in voting released Thursday by the league.

Buffalo received 166 points and 24 of a possible 30 first-place votes. The last time the Bulls were selected to finish atop the division in the preseason poll was before the 2004-05 season.

UB also received nine votes to win the MAC Tournament Championship, one behind preseason favorite Western Michigan.

UB juniors CJ Massinburg and Nick Perkins were named to the preseason All-MAC East team.

Massinburg averaged 14.5 points and 5.6 rebounds a year ago and is Buffalo's leading returning scorer. Perkins was the MAC Sixth Man of the Year and averaged 12.4 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds last season.

MAC East Division MBB Preseason Poll (first place votes)

  1. Buffalo – 166 points (24)
  2. Kent State – 139 points (2)
  3. Ohio – 127 points (3)
  4. Akron – 84 points (1)
  5. Bowling Green – 82 points
  6. Miami – 32 points

MAC West Division MBB Preseason Poll (first place votes)

  1. Western Michigan – 169 points (22)
  2. Ball State – 156 points (8)
  3. Toledo – 107 points
  4. Eastern Michigan – 103 points
  5. Northern Illinois – 57 points
  6. Central Michigan – 38 points

MAC Tournament Champion: Western Michigan (10), Buffalo (9), Ball State (5), Kent State (2), Toledo (2), Bowling Green (1), Miami (1)

MAC East Division Preseason All-MAC Team

C.J. Massinburg, Buffalo, Jr., Guard

Nick Perkins, Buffalo, Jr., Forward

Jaylin Walker, Kent State, Jr., Guard

Jordan Dartis, Ohio, Jr., Guard

Jason Carter, Ohio, So., Forward

MAC West Division Preseason All-MAC Team

James Thompson IV, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Forward/Center

Thomas Wilder, Western Michigan, Sr., Guard

Tayler Persons, Ball State, Jr., Guard

Jaelan Sanford, Toledo, Jr., Guard

Eugene German, Northern Illinois, So., Guard

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