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Last year, the college basketball world was rather cruel to UT Martin. Not only were two key players injured over the summer, but then they “lucked” into the hardest non-conference schedule in the OVC.

As you likely remember, it didn’t end well for the Skyhawks.

This year’s schedule is more Jekyll and Hyde. Their schedule on the road is brutal, and their schedule at home is easily winnable. ‘Tis the life of a team coming off one of their worst seasons since making the Division 1 transition.

DateOpponentRPIValue Points* 
​Average RPI: 224.5​Schedule Difficulty Points: 4Last Year's Score: 19​Total Schedule Score: 15
Nov. 9@ Arkansas Little-Rock175
Nov. 11@ Cincinnatti432
Nov. 14FontbonneN/A
Nov. 16Arkansas State2212
Nov. 20Lyon CollegeN/A
Nov. 24@ Bradley264
Nov. 29@ Memphis161
Dec. 1Kennesaw State3301
Dec. 5@ Central Arkansas321
Dec. 8@ Lipscomb224
Dec. 15@ St. Louis312
Dec. 19Samford2692
Feb. 23Bracketbusters (Home Year)N/A1

This is a likable schedule, but in an odd kind of way. I would bet 2 or more of their road games (Cincinnatti and Memphis to be sure) will be available to watch on TV or online, and five of their home games could easily all be wins.

And hey, Samford brings in their Princeton style offense to Martin, which is always an exciti…zzz…zzz…zzz

 

Final Rankings

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:

RPI 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.

Tournaments
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.

Tiebreaker
For ties, I found the best home game based upon last year’s RPI. The team with the best game won the tie breaker.


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Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

WEST

UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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