BGSU, UT men's and women's basketball teams evaluated



■ Rockets clear favorites to tame West

Depth has Toledo thinking of title; Bowling Green picked last in East

University of Toledo basketball coach Tod Kowalczyk held court at his team’s media day Tuesday and gushed about the preseason he’s having.

His best player, an all-conference guard, showed up from the summer as one of the two most improved members of the team.

His worst player, whomever that might be, is an upgrade from the end-of-the-bench guys in past years.

Every player in between makes up the deepest squad Kowalczyk says he’s led in his 12 seasons as a head coach.



■ BG, UT women 2nd, 3rd in poll

Akron, Central Michigan predicted to reign in conference

The Mid-American Conference’s preseason women’s basketball poll may not have been a surprise to the coaches who voted in it.

But the results of that poll probably will surprise longtime league followers because neither Bowling Green State University nor the University of Toledo was picked to win its division.

In the East the Falcons were picked to finish second behind last year’s regular-season champ, Akron. The Zips received nine of the 12 coaches’ votes, while BG received the other three.