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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. We’re nearing the end with Eastern Kentucky.

In Richmond, basketball season doesn’t start until December. Competitive Basketball…that doesn’t start in Richmond until conference season.

Without a doubt, this is the weakest schedule I’ve seen. Yes, there are 2 SEC opponents, but no top 100-RPI teams from last year, and the only 3 D-I teams they play at home were horrible teams last year.

The in-season games games make no sense. Hosting Longwood in January, and Mid-Continent in February? These are just distractions during conference play. Neither of these games should be competitive.

This is a bad schedule, and their fans are the big losers.

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

November RPI
7
@ Mississippi State (2K Classic) 119
12
@ Winthrop 222
14
@ Presbyterian College 204
18
@ Liberty (2K Classic) 184
19
vs William & Mary (2K Classic) 228
20
vs Lehigh (2K Classic) 205
27
@ Norfolk State 270
29
@ Delaware State 309
December
3
Brescia
6
North Carolina Central 280
10
Georgia Southern 341
20
@ Arkansas 128
January
22
Longwood 318
February
7
Mid-Continent
18
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OVC Ball
Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

WEST

UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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