When I first looked at Tennessee State’s schedule, I was prepared to hate it. First 6 games on the road; few home games at all, really. But then I started looking at the teams they play, and while they’re not big names, there’s a lot of really good basketball programs on it.
6-top 100 RPI opponents, including one heading to Nashville. An overall schedule strength among the toughest in the conference. Other than a soft middle, this is a solid slate of teams.
It’s just a shame that so many of those games will be played on the road.
|Average RPI: 164.0||Schedule Difficulty Points: 8||Last Year's Score: 14||Total Schedule Score: 28|
|Nov. 9||@ BYU||46||2|
|Nov. 13||@ South Dakota State||42||2|
|Nov. 15||@ Minnesota||90||1|
|Nov. 19||vs South Alabama||169|
|Nov. 20||@ Georgia State||138|
|Nov. 21||vs Monmouth||234|
|Dec. 1||@ Alabama A&M||342|
|Dec. 8||@ Missouri||10||3|
|Dec. 18||@ Middle Tennessee State||56||1|
|Dec. 21||South Carolina Upstate||140||4|
|Feb. 23||Bracketbusters (Home Year)||N/A||1|
The first 6 games are especially grueling for the Tigers. 3 road games with short travel time against great competition, then 3 games in 3 days, which is always difficult.
The biggest concern from a fan’s point of view is just 4 home games, 2 of which happening after finals, meaning some students won’t be around campus. (although it should be noted TSU is somewhat of a commuter campus anyway) Half of their home games are against non-Division I competition.
It will be a challenge for the Tigers to enter December, or even January with a winning record. But there’s no doubt the Tigers should be prepared for anything the OVC can throw at them after this slate.
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.