WE FINALLY HAVE A REAL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE!
A month later than any season in the OVC Ball Era, (of four years now…) the first of the 12 Ohio Valley Conference basketball scheduled has been released, which means we can finally continue our tradition of breaking down those schedules.
First up, here’s the slate.
|Last Season RPI||Travel Distance (mi)|
|24||@ Illinois State||133||380|
(in Las Vegas, NV)
|28||vs Stephen F. Austin or Prairie View A&M|
(in Las Vegas, NV)
|47 / 305||1784|
|6||@ Southern Illinois||201||160|
|8||@ Jacksonville State|
|10||@ Tennessee Tech|
|14||@ UT Martin|
|17||@ Eastern Kentucky|
|21||@ Murray State|
Average Non-Conference RPI: 184.3
Average Home Non-Conference RPI: 227.7
Average Non-Conference Road Travel Distance: 404.9 miles
Non-Division I opponents: 2
Well, it’s a schedule. If you’re new to these, there are a few things I really look for – quality road games that fans can travel to, and great home games. Austin Peay has the former. They don’t really have the latter.
Austin Peay has just five home games before conference play begins, and two of those are non Division-I opponents. Even worse – you have to wait til December for four of those home games. From a fan-centric point of view, it’s nothing to get overly excited about.
The road slate is much better. You can easily head to Bowling Green, or Nashville, and making the trip to Ole Miss is far from out of the question. There’s no overbearing money game that you have no chance of winning, and a lot of solid opposition.
Road Trip to make
Thanksgiving in Vegas? Thanksgiving in Vegas. It’s something you might want to start saving for, but the Governors trip to Las Vegas are against winnable opponents, and it’s VEGAS, baby!
Don’t waste your money…
You’re going to fool yourself into thinking you want to see Berea. First regular season home game? Next home game isn’t for nearly a month? Spend a few bucks on gas and hit the season opener at Western instead.
Comparing The Schools
(Will be updated as more schedules are added)
|School||Non-Con RPI||Non-Con Home RPI||Road Travel Dist.||Non-DI Opp|
|Eastern Illinois||166.3||283.7||280.7 mi||2|
|Morehead State||170.1||235.0||605.3 mi.||2|
|Tennessee State||170.5||246.3||324.4 mi||2|
|Murray State||172.5||144.5||170.6 mi.||2|
|Southeast Missouri||176.7||221.2||571.8 mi.||2|
|Austin Peay||184.3||227.7||404.9 mi.||2|
|Jacksonville State||200.0||227.0||401.7 mi.||2|
|Tennessee Tech||208.9||240.8||561.3 mi.||2|
|Eastern Kentucky||215.5||252.5||512.0 mi.||2|
|UT Martin||238.3||348.0||479.2 mi.||2|