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Another non-conference schedule? For us? Belmont’s schedule is out.

So how does it stack up? Here’s our breakdown.


Average Non-Conference RPI (using 2015-16 RPI numbers): 155.6
Last Year — 148.0

Top-100 RPI Opponents: at Florida (45), at Vanderbilt (71), at Middle Tennessee State (77)
Last Year — 5

Bottom-100 RPI opponents (252-351): vs/at Lipscomb (270), vs Cleveland State (277)

Non-Division I opponents: 1

Early Benchmark — November 25th at Rhode Island: Rhode Island didn’t make our top-100 RPI list because last season they finished 122nd. This year, the Rams are a preseason top-25 pick by a lot of national publications, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, and Yahoo. Playing in the Atlantic 10, they’ll almost certainly be a top-100 RPI team this season, if not top 50. It’s a tough road game early in the year, and should give us a great idea just how strong this Bruins squad could be this year.

Best road trip — Dec 17th-19th at UW Milwaukee and Green Bay: The Lipscomb game is a must, but outside of the short drive through Nashville, the Bruins have a great road swing over three days against two Horizon league programs. Both were top-200 RPI teams a year ago, but both are winnable games, and I personally love getting to see the atmosphere for other great mid-major programs. It’s a long haul, but if you can spare a few days before Christmas, it ought to make a fun road trip.

Other Notes: Five of Belmont’s seven road games are against teams in the top-150 of the RPI. (Belmont finished 97th last year, for reference) While the Bruins only have five home non-conference games, it’s actually one more than a year ago, although according to the Bruins website, the game against Trevecca Nazarene won’t be until February, which means a light slate of games at the Curb in the 2016 part of the calendar year. The Bruins don’t play an exempt event, which is the reason for just a dozen games, compared to 15 for SEMO.

Five of Belmont’s seven road games are against teams in the top-150 of the RPI.


Comparing the schools

(Will be updated as more schedules are added)

Average RPI Ranking:

  1. Austin Peay (151.0)
  2. Murray State (152.5)
  3. Belmont (155.6)
  4. Eastern Kentucky (162.2)
  5. SIUE (172.4)
  6. Tennessee State (196.5)
  7. UT Martin (218.0)
  8. Southeast Missouri (242.7)

Top-100 RPI Opponents Ranking:

  1. Austin Peay (5)
  2. Murray State (4)
  3. Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, SIUE, Tennessee State (3)
  4. UT Martin (2)
  5. Southeast Missouri (1)

Bottom-100 RPI Opponents Ranking:

  1. Eastern Kentucky, Murray State (2)
  2. Austin Peay, Belmont, SIUE (3)
  3. Tennessee State (5)
  4. Southeast Missouri (6)
  5. UT Martin (7)

Home Games Ranking:

  1. UT Martin (7)
  2. Eastern Kentucky, Southeast Missouri, Murray State (6)
  3. Austin Peay, Belmont
  4. SIUE, Tennessee State (4)

  1. Me:
    RI is in Atlantic 10 Good piece.
    • Catlin Bogard:
      Sorry. I meant 10. Wrote Sun. It's been fixed.
  2. If Belmont can emerge from the OVC tournament unscathed, then it will probably be seeded somewhere in the 12 to 14 range. The battle between the two for seeding likely will be decided Saturday when the Golden Eagles travel to Nashville to play Belmont.
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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


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