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It’s a cliche, but schedules like this warrant it: Murray State is taking the “quality over quantity” approach to this season.

There’s no “tournament,” and as a result just 12 non-conference games. But those combine for one of the toughest (based on last season’s RPI) schedules I’ve seen in my three years of doing these breakdowns.

First, the home games, besides those first two dunkfests, are really solid. MTSU and Evansville are good mid-major teams, (you may remember the Aces gave Murray State a great game at their place last year,) and SIU finding it’s way back on the schedule is great: that series should have never been lost to begin with.

And then road games to Valpariso, St. Mary’s, Dayton, and let’s not forget good ol’ rival Western Kentucky are just equally amazing games.

OVC play is a bit less kind. Their three road games against the East: at EKU, at Belmont, and at TSU, last year’s (and possibly this year’s) top 3 teams.

Their score is held back, slightly, by playing fewer games than other teams on the list. But there’s little doubt in my mind the Racers have really outdone themselves this year.

Just…ignore any home games before November 26th.

8at Valpariso
15at Old Dominion
23at Auburn
26Middle Tennessee
30at St. Mary's
17 Southern Illinois
21at Western Kentucky
29at Dayton
4UT Martin
8at Eastern Kentucky
11Austin Peay
16at Eastern Illinois
18at SIUE
23Tennessee Tech
25Jacksonville State
1at Austin Peay
6at Tennessee State
8at Belmont
15Eastern Illinois
22Morehead State
27at UT Martin
1at SEMO

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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OVC Ball
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


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


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