Zeke Marshall consistently affects the game on the defensive side of the floor. Today, the coaches recognized this great value and named him Defensive Player of the Year.
Quincy Diggs, meanwhile, is a player who could start on any other MAC team. His cohesiveness with the second unit and willingness to take the ego-check is partly why the coaches named him as Sixth Man of the Year.
Lots of MAC news in the past 24 hours. Here's a rundown...
-- Coach Keith Dambrot, who led his team to a 13-3 conference record, came up two votes shy of EMU's Rob Murphy for Coach of the Year. As I wrote last night on Twitter, Thomas and his Eagles celebrated his award by belly-flopping in the first round of the MAC Tournament. I want a recount. (On a related note, vote for Mitt Romney today.)
-- Mitchell Watt is the conference's Player of the Year. He had a nice season, but was far from a dominant player.
-- Last night's first round results: EMU suffered an upset loss to Northern Illinois, as did Bowling Green at home against Central Michigan. Western Michigan escaped against Ball State. Miami lost at Toledo. On Wednesday, the action moves to Quicken Loans Arena. No. 12 Northern Illinois plays No. 8 Western Michigan (with the winner to play Kent State, and that winner to play Akron). No. 11 Central Michigan squares off against No. 7 Toledo (with the winner to play Ohio, and that winner to play Buffalo).
-- Charlie Coles announced his retirement following Miami's loss. What a great, humorous man he is. You won't find a soul who will speak ill of Charlie Coles. I wish him the best in his retirement.