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SIU Edwardsville fell well below my lofty expectations last year, which is one reason I don’t have similar goals for this year’s Cougars’ squad.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t put together an exciting schedule.

Whoever got St. Louis to agree to make the short trip to Edwardsville deserves a big reward. That’s a great home game, no question about it, and a series that the two school should continue scheduling.

The rest of the schedule…is a bit ho-hum, to be honest. Traveling to Oregon State looks good on paper, but Loyola, which the Cougars will play in Portland, was a better team last year. None of the rest of the home games are particularly exciting, and the two non-Division I teams so late in the year is disappointing.

The schedule is probably challenging enough for SIUE, without being overwhelming. Although their score won’t necessarily reflect it, for building a team it appears quite solid, albeit lacking in flash.

But again, that game at home against St. Louis? Just amazing.

8at Arkansas
13St. Louis
16Central Arkansas
22vs UC Davis (Portland State Tournament)
23at Portland State (Portland State Tournament)
24vs Loyola (Portland State Tournament)
26at Oregon State
2Texas Pan-American
7Central Michigan
14at IPFW
16at Chicago State
23at SIU
29Robert Morris-Springfield
2Morehead State
4Eastern Kentucky
9at Jacksonville State
11at Tennessee State
16Austin Peay
18Murray State
23at Southeast Missouri
25at UT Martin
29Crowley's Ridge
1at Eastern Illinois
6Southeast Missouri
8UT Martin
13at Murray State
15at Austin Peay
20at Tennessee State
1Eastern Illinois

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 Games

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

  1. David Fish:
    Love the blog. Curious when we can expect to see a Belmont Schedule Analysis?
    • ovcball:
      Soon. Hoped to have it up today, will probably hold it for Monday. Spoiler Alert: It's really, really good.
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