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Reading school’s attempt to spin their schedules is often entertaining. SEMO, for instance, touts games against three SEC schools. If this were football, that would be impressive on face. In basketball, it depends on who you face.

They mostly face the better half of the conference. And it makes for a pretty solid overall slate.

  Last Season RPITravel Distance (mi)
14@ Loyola-Marymount1821897
15vs San Diego
(in Los Angeles, CA)
22@ Central Arkansas328315
25@ Bowling Green198518
29Alabama A&M272313
2@ Missouri50225
6Southeastern Louisiana319509
10Southern Illinois20147
13Missouri State93267
20vs Arkansas
(in Little Rock, AR)
22vs Mississippi
(in South Haven, MS)
1@ Belmont
3@ Tennessee State
8Morehead State
10Eastern Kentucky
14@ Jacksonville State
17Tennessee Tech
24@ UT Martin
29SIU Edwardsville
31@ Austin Peay
5@ Murray State
7Eastern Illinois
12UT Martin
14Murray State
19@ SIU Edwardsville
21@ Eastern Illinois
26Austin Peay

Key Numbers:

  • Average Non-Conference RPI: 176.7

  • Average Home Non-Conference RPI: 221.2

  • Average Non-Conference Road Travel Distance: 571.8 miles

  • Non-Division I opponents: 2



I was somewhat surprised when figuring the numbers for the section above that this schedule aligns so closely with Austin Peay’s slate, because if you just showed me the two, I’d tell you SEMO’s was vastly superior on face. The home slate, which still featuring two non-Division I opponents, also features two games with Southern Illinois and Missouri State, which are great regional rivalries. The road / weirdly neutral slate, (why are you playing in Little Rock, again?) features three top-100 RPI teams from a year ago, all from the SEC, but also has a trip to Central Arkansas, which…isn’t. There isn’t a really close road game, but all-in-all, I like this schedule, and should give SEMO fans a good show before OVC play begins in January.

On another note — All six teams from the East at once to kick off conference play? Really, OVC?


Road Trip to make

I’m not sure there is a ‘must-go’ trip on the schedule. If you’re taking a road trip for the sake of taking a road trip, I’d head to Mizzou personally. Normally, I’d say LA, as I love the city, but the games aren’t wholly compelling, if I’m being honest.

If seeing the Redhawks win is of utmost importance, Central Arkansas is probably your best bet.


Don’t waste your money…

When Southeast Missouri host Southeastern Louisiana in December. There’s nothing wrong with the game — but save your cash for the next two against Southern Illinois and Missouri State.


Comparing The Schools

(Will be updated as more schedules are added)

SchoolNon-Con RPINon-Con Home RPIRoad Travel Dist.Non-DI Opp
Belmont152.6157.6383.7 mi.1
Eastern Illinois166.3283.7280.7 mi2
Morehead State170.1235.0605.3 mi.2
Tennessee State170.5246.3324.4 mi2
Murray State172.5144.5170.6 mi.2
Southeast Missouri176.7221.2571.8 mi.2
Austin Peay184.3227.7404.9 mi.2
SIUE197.5177.5856.8 mi.2
Jacksonville State200.0227.0401.7 mi.2
Tennessee Tech208.9240.8561.3 mi.2
Eastern Kentucky215.5252.5512.0 mi.2
UT Martin238.3348.0479.2 mi.2

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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