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Basketball schedules are finally starting to trickle out, as Morehead State has announced their 2013-14 basketball schedule. Much like last year, the Eagles slate will be far from the easiest among mid-majors.

This year, we added “regional rivals” to our scoring system, and for a school that is generally described as “in the middle of nowhere,” they’re playing eight schools within a 5-hour drive, which is a ton. If you want to see Morehead State play, you’ll have plenty of opportunities, both at home and on the road.

The non-conference schedule itself is book-ended with non Division-I opponents, but in between is a solid slate, including four teams that finished last year with an RPI in the top 100: UCLA, Xavier, Southern Mississippi, and Tennessee, all games they play on the road. The best team they’re bringing into Morehead? According to the RPI, it’s Wright State.

Outside of the marquee road games, the two games in Vegas itself should be a key signal of Morehead State’s strength. None of those three teams are really powerhouses, and all are playing a long ways from home. Morehead State should walk away with two wins, if they’re really going to be a threat in the OVC.

There isn’t really a soft stretch of more than a pair of games at any point, as their top tier games are truly stretched across the non-conference slate. Overall, this is a great, challenging schedule, that gives fans plenty of chances to see their teams, and should help prepare Morehead State for conference play.

12at East Tennessee St.
15at Xavier
19at Northern Kentucky
22at UCLA
(Las Vegas Invitational)
24at Nevada
(Las Vegas Invitational)
28vs Chattanooga
(Las Vegas Invitational)
29vs Gardner Webb / IUPUI
(Las Vegas Invitational)
2Wright State
4at Southern Mississippi
15Bowling Green
19South Dakota
23at Tennessee
30Asbury (KY)
2at SIUE
4at Eastern Illinois
11Eastern Kentucky
16Southeast Missouri
18UT Martin
23at Belmont
25at Tennessee State
1Jacksonville State
8at Eastern Kentucky
13at Jacksonville State
15at Tennessee Tech
19Austin Peay
22at Murray State
27Tennessee State
1Tennessee Tech


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.

Schedule Difficulty
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.

RPI Average 
1-150: 10-Points
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

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2017-18 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 0-0 2-0
Tennessee Tech 0-0 1-1
Murray State 0-0 1-1
Southeast Missouri* 0-0 1-1
Belmont 0-0 1-1
Eastern Kentucky 0-0 1-1
Tennessee State 0-0 1-1
Eastern Illinois 0-0 0-1
SIUE 0-0 0-1
Austin Peay 0-0 0-2
Morehead State 0-0 0-2
UT Martin 0-0 0-2

*Ineligible for postseason (APR)