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.
|22||vs UC Davis (Portland State Tournament)|
|23||at Portland State (Portland State Tournament)|
|24||vs Loyola (Portland State Tournament)|
|26||at Oregon State|
|16||at Chicago State|
|9||at Jacksonville State|
|11||at Tennessee State|
|23||at Southeast Missouri|
|25||at UT Martin|
|1||at Eastern Illinois|
|13||at Murray State|
|15||at Austin Peay|
|20||at Tennessee State|
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 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