No matter how good this edition of the Gamecocks are, their season sends on March 3rd when Jacksonville State faces Belmont. It could be a hard pill to swallow for fans, especially considering the team’s success last season.
The schedule…isn’t going to make things much better.
A shortened non-conference schedule with few quality home game await Jacksonville State in a postseason banned year.
|Average RPI: 252.1||Schedule Difficulty Points: 3||Last Year's Score: 11||Total Schedule Score: 9|
|Nov. 11||Eastern Michigan||243||1|
|Nov. 15||Alabama A&M||342||1|
|Nov. 17||@ UNLV||19||3|
|Nov. 19||@ Oregon||63||1|
|Nov. 23||vs Northern Arizona (Neutral)||337|
|Nov. 24||vs Campbell / vs North Carolina A&T (Neutral)||206 / 282|
|Dec. 1||@ Alcorn State||335|
|Dec. 1||Martin Methodist||N/A|
|Dec. 15||@ Presbyterian College||244|
|Dec. 18||@ Nebraska||154|
|Feb. 23||Bracketbusters (Away Year)||N/A|
While there’s no games worth cheering about at Pete Mathews Coliseum, the Gamecocks will get tested on the road, including games at UNLV and Oregon in November, as part of the Global Sports Classic. They also travel to Nebraska in December, although the Cornhuskers aren’t exactly a college basketball powerhouse.
Last year, only one team had a schedule score in the single digits. This year, Jacksonville State is on that list.
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.