Mid-American preview: Forsythe, Akron could emerge

Akron senior center Pat Forsythe and the Zips should improve upon their .500 record in Mid-American play. Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire

It wasn't supposed to be this way. After a season where parity reigned supreme, with five teams crowded within a game of the top of the Mid-American Conference standings, it looked as if one team might sneak out ahead of the pack this season. Buffalo upset Central Michigan in the MAC Tournament final, and with three starters expected back, the Bulls seemed poised to gain some breathing room.