Coming off the worst two-year span in the Dave Loos era, Austin Peay has released their 2013-14 Men’s Basketball Schedule. As we’ve come to expect in recent years from the Governors, Austin Peay sticks in state quite often in their non-conference slate, but this year’s schedule may be a bit easier overall than in years past.
The Governors start with the standard non-Division I opponent out of the gate, but things ramp up quickly when they hit the road to face Memphis. For most teams, that would be the big money game of the year, but I find their trip to Vanderbilt in December more intriguing. It’s just down the road for fans, and Vanderbilt hasn’t been the strongest of clubs over the past two years. (Yes, the same could be same for Austin Peay, I know, but this isn’t about them)
A home / home with East Tennessee provides two very winnable games, as does the trip to Samford, and hosting Liberty, all teams with RPI’s over 250 last season. Lipscomb is a 200+ opponent.
The matchup with Southern Illinois in November could be a good signal as to the Governors early strength. SIU made a strong push at the end of last season, and could be stronger this season.
For the first time possibly ever, I don’t hate the Non D-I matchup at the end of December. If there’s a good time to schedule one of those games, right before conference play begins is as good as any.
There’s no comparison yet for our “OVC Ball score” as this is the first schedule we’ve seen released. We’ve made some changes to the formula so comparing it to previous years is not an option either. I’m going to guess 28 will be in the upper half of the pack when the dust settles.
Overall, the slate looks good. A lot of in state games gives fans that want to travel plenty of opportunities, and most of the teams coming into Clarksville are names fans should know.
Now it’s up to Austin Peay to go out and win some more of those games this year.
|21-23||at Central Michigan Tournament
|30||at Youngstown State|
|21||at East Tennessee|
|11||at Murray State|
|18||at Eastern Illinois|
|8||at Tennessee State|
|19||at Morehead State|
|27||at Southeast Missouri|
|1||at UT Martin|
OVC BALL SCORING DETAILS
Scoring this season is based on an average score from four areas: All RPI numbers are based upon last season’s RPI. A maximum of 10 points are available in any single area.
This is based simply on an average of last season’s RPI. All non D-I squads are given a RPI of 400 for average purposes.
Every 10 RPI points higher loses 1/2 point.
Quality Home Games
Every home game is worth up to 2.5 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: 2.5 points
101-150: 2 points
151-175: 1.5 points
176-200: 1 point
Any D-I: .5 point
Quality Road / Neutral Game
Teams should get some credit for scheduling tough opponents regardless, but only up to 1.5 points available here, and only for challenging games. (RPI numbers loosened from previous years)
RPI of Road / Neutral Game
1-50: 1.5 points
51-100: 1 points
100-200: .5 point.
Regional Rivals (new this year)
Up to three points available for all opponents that could be considered “regional rivals”
Driving Distance between Universities (Division I Only)
<150 Miles: 2 points
<300 Miles: 1 point
In-State Opponent (All Divisions): .5 point