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A lot of people joke about Jacksonville State basketball. In fact, a lot of JSU students joke about JSU basketball. In years past, their schedule seemed to reflect their status as the second-tier sports program in Jacksonville, Alabama. This year’s slate, though, doesn’t feature a single team with a 300+ RPI last year. The road slate is tough, there are four home games against Division-I programs. This is…actually really good.

  Last Season RPITravel Distance (mi)
November
14@ Marshall275491
17@ Louisville16393
19@ Cleveland State91718
22Miles College--79
25@ Alabama A&M272103
28Savannah State274345
30Fort Valley State--198
December
3Winthorp172328
6@ Alabama State253155
14Dartmouth2621199
16UNC Ashville200303
20@ Northern Colorado2261404
22@ Air Force2471365
27@ Jacksonville282444
January
1@ SIUE
3@ Eastern Illinois
8Austin Peay
11Murray State
14Southeast Missouri
17@ UT Martin
22Eastern Kentucky
24Morehead State
29@ Belmont
31@ Tennessee State
February
4@ Memphis30301
7@ Tennessee Tech
11Belmont
14Tennessee Tech
21Tennessee State
26@ Eastern Kentucky
28@ Morehead State

 

Key Numbers:

Average Non-Conference RPI: 200.0

Average Home Non-Conference RPI: 227.0

Average Non-Conference Road Travel Distance: 401.7 miles*

Non-Division I opponents: 2

*Both the Louisville / Marshall and Colorado road swings were counted as one trip — because I can’t imagine someone would go for one, and not the other.

 

Thoughts

The average RPI was actually lower than I though at first glance, because there are good opponents, good road swings, solid home games. It’s not the toughest in the OVC, but when we look at schools that go nearly a month without a home game, (*cough* Tennessee State *cough*) or schools whose home slate is laughable (*cough* UT Martin *cough*) this is a really well put together slate. Both the long road trips have two games worth watching, for fans that make the journeys. The Memphis game in February is a bit weird, and I’m not sure Dartmouth is going to fill the Pete. But if you’re a JSU basketball fan, I’m guessing you’re quite pleased.

 

Road Trip to make

I’ve been to the YUM! Center in Louisville, and it’s an NBA caliber arena, if just a bit undersized. It’s an absolutely great place to watch a basketball game, and if you can make the swing to Marshall three-days before, it could be a great little mini-basketball vacation.

 

Don’t waste your money…

I don’t like choosing the non Division-I games here because it’s just too obvious. So I’m actually going to pick a road game here — Alabama A&M. It’s a very winnable game, but there’s three great home games surrounding it. Save the money, see the Gamecocks at the Pete.

 

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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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

EAST

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

WEST

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


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