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As teams begin to release their non-conference schedules, it’s time to see what games could help make or break the teams season. 4th on the list are the UT Martin Skyhawks.

UT Martin should have no problem knowing where they stand heading into OVC play. They play one of the best teams last year, one of the worst, and a whole lot in between.

The Skyhawks take part in the Global Sports Challenge for a second straight year, which will take them across 3 States within 6 days of each other to kick off their season. It will be interesting to see if Martin can hang with Ohio / Arkansas State in that road swing: that could tell us a lot about how much the Skyhawks have improved from last year.

After their opening salvo, they hit a stretch with 2 easily winnable games, before heading to Mississippi State and UAB. UTM will be one of 2 OVC teams facing the Blazers this season. (Murray being the other)

There one thing I notice is that there isn’t a stretch of more than 2 games where I would be confident of Martin pulling wins. Their schedule in December is winnable, but not of those games will be gimme’s either. If they can find a place to string together 3 wins, it could be their last 3 non-conference games before OVC play begins. They will hit the road twice in February, both against Kennesaw State and in the BracketBusters.

Non Conference Schedule and RPI All RPI numbers provided from Basketball State

November RPI
11
@ Louisville (Global Sports Challenge) 17
13
@ Ohio (Global Sports Challenge) 163
17
@ Arkansas State (Global Sports Challenge) 177
19
Rochester College
22
Lamar (Global Sports Challenge) 296
25
@ Mississippi State 119
27
@ UAB 31
30
Central Arkansas 340
December
3
Ball State 167
6
@ Lipscomb 132
10
@ Middle Tennessee State 211
13
Bethel
18
IPFW 180
February
14
@ Kennesaw State 320
18
Sears BracketBuster (Road Game)


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OVC Ball
Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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