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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. Finally, we have the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.

I get it. For a team like Jacksonville State, one of the worst teams in the nation for much of the season last year (at least according to their RPI) scheduling cannot be easy. So I applaud the Gamecocks for a solid schedule. It starts with a gimme, but then has games at Marshall and at Cincinnati. Those are good matchups. Then they follow that with hosting Alabama State, and travel later in the month to the St. Mary’s Tournament.

There are not a lot of home games, with only 2 D-1 games at home over the schedule. Disappointing? Sure. But again, I get that of any team in the OVC, Jacksonville State probably doesn’t have it easy getting teams to head to their campus.

The question here…where will they get wins? This is a young team (11 new players on the roster) and there are no gimme’s for this team. The games hosting Alabama State and at Northwestern State will give us a good look at whether this team will be improved this season.

Non Conference Schedule and RPI
All RPI numbers provided from Real Time RPI (BB State was down over the weekend)

November RPI
11
Miles College
13
@ Marshall 54
15
@Cincinnati 36
19
Alabama State 263
25
@ Northwestern State 237
27-28
@ St. Mary’s Tournament
December
1
@ USC Upstate 312
10
vs Southern (Tulane Classic) 344
11
@ Tulane (Tulane Classic) 236
19
Reinhardt College
28
vs Arkansas Pine-Bluff (Sun Bowl Invitational) 327
29
Sun Bowl Invitational (vs UTEP or Colorodo State)
January
30
USC Upstate 312
February
18
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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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