I’m not going to lie…I doubled checked a few of these games on their opponents website, because I could not believe them. First year head coach Sean Woods is not only swinging for the fences, he’s hitting it out of the park.
Two non-DI opponents keep this from being tougher than Austin Peay’s schedule last year, but there’s more high quality competition in this slate.
|Average RPI: 170.3||Schedule Difficulty Points: 8||Last Year's Score: 18||Total Schedule Score: 34|
|Nov. 9||@ LIU Brooklyn||80||1|
|Nov. 12||@ Maryland||105|
|Nov. 15||Alice Llyod (Ky.)||N/A|
|Nov. 18||Lafayette (Pa.)||195||2|
|Nov. 21||@ Kentucky||2||3|
|Nov. 26||Norfolk State||129||5|
|Nov. 28||@ Marshall||44||2|
|Dec. 1||@ Wright State||226|
|Dec. 5||North Dakota State||183||2|
|Dec. 8||Indiana State||126||5|
|Dec. 19||@ South Dakota||291|
|Dec. 21||@ North Dakota State||183|
|Dec. 28||Southern Miss||21||6|
|Dec. 30||Union (Ky)||N/A|
|Feb. 23||Bracketbusters (Away Year)||N/A|
Outside of Southern Miss, which may be one of the best scheduled home games in the OVC in a decade (it’s not bigger than St. Mary’s at Murray for last year’s Bracketbuster Saturday) there are still great home matchups with Norfolk State, Indiana State, and 4 great games on the road, including short trips to Kentucky and Marshall.
There aren’t 2 weeks that go by without a high profile matchup for the Eagles.
Woods has put together the schedule. Now he has to lead the team to some tough wins.
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.