Last year, I blasted EKU’s non-conference schedule. It had too many non Division I teams, and spent all of November on the road, coming home only after the students left for Christmas Break.
This year, I can’t blast EKU for either of those issues. In fact, I can’t really blast the school much at all for this schedule. From hosting an Invitational to kick off the year to solid road games in December, fans have a lot to get excited about
|Average RPI: 255.4||Schedule Difficulty Points: 3||Last Year's Score: 5||Total Schedule Score: 16|
|Nov. 9||Cincinnati Christian||N/A|
|Nov. 16||Kennesaw State||330||1|
|Nov. 24||Norfolk State||129||5|
|Nov. 28||Delaware State||249||1|
|Dec. 1||Western Carolina||219||2|
|Dec. 4||@ North Carolina Central||232|
|Dec. 8||@ UT-Chattanooga||309|
|Dec. 16||@ Illinois||94||1|
|Dec. 19||@ North Carolina A&T||282|
|Dec. 21||@ High Point||268|
|Dec. 30||@ West Virginia||57||1|
|Feb. 5||Crowley Ridge||N/A|
|Feb. 23||Bracketbusters (Away Year)||N/A|
Much like last year, there’s a long streak of both home and away games, although they’re reversed this time around, starting off with 7 straight in Richmond. It’s not a very “sexy” slate, but outside of the opener, every game could be competitive.
The team hits the road in December, and gets 2 chances to get a quality out of conference win, traveling to Illinois and West Virginia. The other road games are, again, not flashy, but it’s good preparation for going on the road in the OVC. And that’s really what the non-conference slate if for.
As far as sheer difficulty, it’s still one of the weaker schedules. But there are fewer non-DI opponents, and as we’ve saw last year, the most difficult schedule is not always the best.
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.