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Eastern Illinois website might not have their matchups for the Eastern Michigan tournament, a.k.a. the “Iceman Classic,” but I do.

And it’s just part of what might be the most winnable November schedule ever created. No teams that finished last year in the top 225 according to RPI grace the Panthers November schedule.

Although things do get a bit tougher once the calender turns to December…

DateOpponentRPIValue Points* 
​Average RPI: 244.0​Schedule Difficulty Points: 3Last Year's Score: 11​Total Schedule Score: 13
Nov. 9@ Bradley264
Nov. 13Wright State2262
Nov. 16@ Eastern Michigan243
Nov. 17vs Texas Pan-American (Neutral)313
Nov. 18vs IPFW (Neutral)279
Nov. 21Rochester CollegeN/A
Nov. 24Houston Baptist3231
Nov. 28Central Arkansas3211
Dec. 1@ Stony Brook152
Dec. 5Western Illinois1502
Dec. 8Toledo2462
Dec. 19@ St. Louis312
Dec. 22@ Drake133
Feb. 23Bracketbusters (Away Year)N/A
Feb. 26@ Chicago State336

This is pretty reminiscent of last year’s schedule, complete with Houston Baptist, who they laughingly played on the road last year. All in all, this isn’t a bad schedule for a struggling team with a new head coach. Only 1 non-DI matchup, and games that should be winnable could help the Panthers confidence heading into the conference season.

Of course, they’re also losable games. In fact, I’d say most are toss-ups.

They will play 2 brutal games on the road in late December as well, right before the start of conference play. That will get them ready for 3 straight on the road to start OVC play, which includes the Death Valley road swing. (at Morehead and EKU)

Why they insist on late season non-conference games (last year it was Illinois-Chicago) is still beyond me. (You should be focusing on the conference in late February)

There aren’t big names, and it doesn’t light the world on fire, but all in all a great set of regional matchups (road trip!) and a solid slate.

Final Rankings

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:

RPI 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.

  1. Go Big Blue:
    Good chance for alums in the Chicago and Southern IL/STL region to catch the Panthers this year w/ games at Chicago State and SLU (Charlie Spoonhour Appreciation Night)
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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


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


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