Akron will finish third in the seven-team MAC East, according to the annual poll at the conference's media day today.
Ohio and Kent State will take first and second, respectively. Miami, Bowling Green, Temple and Buffalo will round out the division.
Western Michigan will take the West, followed by Central Michigan, Toledo, Ball State, Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan.
Brion Stokes and Jabari Arthur accompanied J.D. Brookhart to this year's media day held in Detroit.