This may be Belmont’s first year in the OVC, but during their time in the Atlantic Sun, the Bruins scheduled tough non-conference schedules, in part to help off set the fact they played in the A-Sun.
Now that they’re in the OVC, a revitalized OVC at that, did they soften up their non-conference slate any?
Short answer, no.
Long answer, noooooooooooooo.
|Average RPI: 173.5||Schedule Difficulty Points: 8||Total Schedule Score: 28.5|
|Nov. 9||@ Lipscomb||224|
|Nov. 13||Maryville (Mo.)||N/A|
|Nov. 18||@ Stanford||98||1|
|Nov. 22||@ Alaska Anchorage||N/A|
|Nov. 23||vs Northeastern / UC Riverside (Neutral)||172 / 259|
|Nov. 24||vs TBD (Neutral)||Avg of Field: 155|
|Dec. 1||@ VCU||38||2|
|Dec. 13||Middle Tennessee St.||56||6|
|Dec. 15||@ Kansas||6||3|
|Dec. 19||South Dakota St.||42||6|
|Dec. 28||vs Boston Univ.||190|
|Dec. 29||@ UCF / vs. Howard (Neutral)||54 / 285||.5 (Possible 1, if playing UCF)|
|Feb. 23||Bracketbusters (Home Year)||N/A||1|
Outside of Kansas and VCU, the schedule doesn’t feature any big-name basketball schools, but what they did find are solid college basketball programs, willing to come to Nashville in South Dakota State and Middle Tennessee State. Those first four games in December, in fact, provide a huge test for the Bruins, and an excellent opportunity for the conference to see how good this year’s Bruins actually are.
I love it also when teams don’t try to schedule a cupcake out of the block. I love that Belmont and Lipscomb are keeping their rivalry alive, and I especially love the fact that they kick off the season with it. Nothing like a real, meaningful game in November!
I do find it interesting that Belmont is making the trip to Alaska, a year after the Racers used that title to help catapult their season. Could it have the same effect for the Bruins? Time will tell.
Their Schedule Score of 28.5 is higher than any team in the OVC last year (including Austin Peay’s brutal schedule) so enjoy it Belmont fans! You get to see some high class basketball this season, and even a few great games in Nashville.
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 (and one bonus) 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.