Last season’s non-conference schedule was a beast, and proved to be way more than the Governors could handle. I contended last season that that non-conference slate deserved some (albeit not much) of the blame for the Governors play when OVC play started.
It appears they’ve learned from their experience.
|Average RPI: 225.4||Schedule Difficulty Points: 4||Last Season's Score: 25||Total Schedule Score: 15|
|Nov. 13||@ Western Kentucky||189|
|Nov. 17||@ Depaul||197|
|Nov. 17||vs Western Carolina (Neutral)||219|
|Nov. 21||vs Howard / Gardner-Webb (Neutral)||285 / 293|
|Dec. 5||Oakland City||N/A|
|Dec. 8||@ Memphis||16||3|
|Dec. 16||@ Arkansas St.||221|
|Dec. 22||@ Illinois State||99||1|
|Dec. 28||vs Utah Valley (Neutral)||231|
|Dec. 29||@ Chattannooga / vs High Point (Neutral)||309 / 268|
|Feb. 23||@ Bracketbusters (Away year)||N/A|
This season’s non-conference schedule is much more balanced than last year, providing some cupcakes (including 2 non D-I opponents. They played 0 of those games last year) but still ramping up the challenge against teams like Memphis and Illinois State.
With the exception of the home game against Fairfield, the home slate is a little bare of solid competition, although Lipscomb has been known to create a challenge or two over the years. There are some very winnable road games on the slate, and there are no “we’re going to lose by 30” November games. In fact, as we learned last year, traveling to Memphis isn’t exactly a death wish either.
All in all, this is a balanced schedule that should offer solid preparation for the OVC season ahead. Personally, I would like to have seen it be just a *bit* tougher, but after last season’s atrocity, I can’t blame the only basketball coach / AD in the nation for easing off the pedal a little bit.
But it’s possible (not easy, but possible) for the Govs to finish the non-conference slate with a double-digit win total.
If they start 1-9 this season, they don’t have anyone to blame but themselves.
1. Morehead State (34 Points)
2. Belmont (28.5 Points)
3. Tennessee State (28 Points)
4. Murray State (21.25 Points)
5. SIU Edwardsville (17 Points)
6. Eastern Kentucky (16 Points. Tiebreaker Best Home Opp. Norfolk State – RPI 129)
7. Tennessee Tech (16 Points. TB Best Home Opp. Evansville – RPI 130)
8. Austin Peay (15 Points. Best Home Opp. Farfield – RPI 114)
9. UT Martin (15 Points. Best Home Opp. Arkansas State – RPI 221)
10. SEMO (14 Points)
11. Eastern Illinois (13 Points)
12. Jacksonville State (9 Points)
*Value Points Scoring Details
Schedule Difficulty (based upon last season’s RPI)
This is based simply on an average of last season’s RPI. I decided to give all non D-I squads a RPI of 400 for average purposes. I will give up to 10 points based on the average:
1-150: 10 points
150-175: 8 points
176-200: 6 points
201-220: 5 points
221-240: 4 points
241-260: 3 points
261-280: 2 points
281-300: 1 point
Quality Home Games (based upon last season’s RPI)
Every home game is worth up to 5 points based upon difficulty. This is simply to reward teams that bring quality opponents in front of their home crowd.
RPI of Home Game
1-100: 5 points
101-150: 4 points
151-175: 3 points
176-200: 2 point
Any D-I: 1 point
Higher than team’s own RPI from last year: 1 Bonus Point.
Quality Road / Neutral Games (based upon last season’s RPI)
I feels teams should get some credit for scheduling tough opponents regardless, but only up to 3 points available here, and only for truly challenging games.
RPI of Road / Neutral Game
1-25: 3 points
26-50: 2 points
51-100: 1 point.
So, this complicates things, being that we know the team’s schedule in some tournaments, and not others. For games we know I added it to the RPI average. For games we don’t, I did my best to determine the average RPI of possible opponents, and added that. If I couldn’t find a field of opponents, I didn’t count the tournament at all.
For ties, I found the best home game based upon last year’s RPI. The team with the best game won the tie breaker.