After last season, it’s hard not to be letdown by Murray State’s schedule. That’s not saying it’s bad, because it isn’t. But many Racer fans were hoping for that “home run swing,” a schedule full of big time college basketball names.
That didn’t happen. But there are some good teams on here, including some good teams traveling to the CFSB Center.
The problem with that is that could mean the Racers get dinged up more than last year before OVC play starts, and could even drop a contest or two at home.
|Average RPI: 166.5||Schedule Difficulty Points: 8||Last Year's Score: 21||Total Schedule Score: 21.25|
|Nov. 15||vs Auburn (Neutral)||145|
|Nov. 16||vs St. John's (Neutral) / at College of Charleston||158 / 121|
|Nov. 18||vs Baylor / Boston College / Colorado / Dayton (Neutral)||9 / 245 / 62 / 81||1.25 (Avg. of possible)|
|Nov. 24||Old Dominion||103||4|
|Dec. 8||@ Evansville||130|
|Dec. 16||Western Kentucky||189||2|
|Dec. 19||@ Arkansas State||221|
|Dec. 22||@ Dayton||81||1|
|Feb. 23||Bracketbusters (Away Year)||N/A|
From a sheer difficulty standpoint, this is the toughest I’ve looked at so far, edging out Morehead State. So why did Morehead State’s schedule rank so much higher?
Simple, home games. There are only 5, and two are against Non-DI competition. I’ve complained in the past about Murray playing a weak home slate (although it’s not wholly their fault) and the funny thing is that this year is a tougher home slate than usual. There’s just so little of it.
There are no real “knockout” games on this schedule, but there really weren’t last year either. Doesn’t matter if you win them all, which will be a much tougher goal this season.
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.