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As teams begin to release their (tentative) non-conference schedule, it’s time to see what games could help make or break the teams season. 2nd on the list are the Cougars.

Update: 9/16 – Added Lipscomb To Cancun Challenge Schedule. November 23rd game will be against either Hampton or Sacred Heart.
Much like Austin Peay, Edwardsville has done a great job at scheduling the top in-state teams. The matchup with SIU Carbondale is intriguing, although probably one sided.

There’s probably 4-5 winnable games on this schedule, 2-3 if we don’t count the two non Division I opponents. If I were to pick a “must-win”, it’s December 3rd against Cal State Fullerton. This is one of only 2 D-I schools Edwardsville hosts. It’s hard to pick up road wins regardless of how tough the opponent, and you have to protect home court.

I’m not sure about Edwardsvills status as a Bracketbuster opponent. They weren’t invited last year, and they’re not full D-I / OVC members until next year, so I wouldn’t think they’ll get an invite, but the date is listed on here just in case.

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

November RPI
14
@ Illinois (Cancun Challenge) 48
17
@ Illinois State (Cancun Challenge) 255
22
vs Lipscomb (Cancun Challenge) 132
23
Cancun Challenge
30
Robert Morris (Non D-I)
December
3
Cal State Fullerton 303
6
Ball State 167
10
Hannibal LaGrange
19
@ SIU Carbondale 206
February
18
Sears BrackerBuster (If Invited?)
29
@Chicago State 339

* Cancun Challenge: SIUe, Hampton (153), Lipscomb (132), Sacred Heart (273)


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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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