We finally have a full non-conference schedule! SEMO is the first team to lift the veil on their non-conference slate.
— SE Missouri Redhawks (@GoSoutheast) July 22, 2016
As has become a yearly tradition here at OVC Ball, we’re breaking down the numbers in this year’s non-conference schedule.
Average Non-Conference RPI (using 2015-16 RPI numbers): 242.7
Last Year — 189.5
Top-100 RPI Opponents: at Indiana (19)
Last Year — 4
Bottom-100 RPI opponents (252-351): at Western Illinois (267), at Bradley (304), at UMKC (288), vs UT Rio Grande Valley (335), vs Central Arkansas (339), vs Northern Kentucky (256)
Non-Division I opponents: 2
Early Benchmark — November 16th at Western Illinois: Let’s be honest here; SEMO may improve in the win column this year just by the schedule alone. Last season, the Redhawks had the fifth toughest non-conference schedule in our preseason breakdowns. This season’s will likely compete for the easiest. But for a team coming off a five-win season, that’s probably not a bad thing. The WIU game is the first of three very winnable road games in a row for the Redhawks. If they can manage to take two of those three, that’s a great sign for a team looking to rebound.
Last season, the Redhawks had the fifth toughest non-conference schedule…This season’s will likely compete for the easiest.
Best road trip — December 4th at Indiana: None of SEMO’s road games are especially close…in fact, only the season-opener at Illinois is a closer drive than this game. If you’re going to hit the road, why not head to one of the most storied arenas in college basketball? Every road game will likely be an overnighter (unless you’re up for 4+ hour drives in both directions in one day) so I’d make it count.
Other Notes: If SEMO is going to compete in the OVC this year, the Redhawks should go no worse than 5-1 at home in non-conference play. Three of their four home games against Division I opponents are against teams in the bottom 100 of the RPI last season, and the fourth is the second in a home-and-home against Missouri State. If the home slate looks light, the six home non-conference games are actually equal to last year. (Although it’s one short from the year before, and two fewer than the 2012-13 season)
Comparing the schools
(Will be updated as more schedules are added)
Average RPI Ranking:
- Austin Peay (151.0)
- Murray State (152.5)
- Belmont (155.6)
- Eastern Kentucky (162.2)
- SIUE (172.4)
- Tennessee State (196.5)
- UT Martin (218.0)
- Southeast Missouri (242.7)
Top-100 RPI Opponents Ranking:
- Austin Peay (5)
- Murray State (4)
- Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, SIUE, Tennessee State (3)
- UT Martin (2)
- Southeast Missouri (1)
Bottom-100 RPI Opponents Ranking:
- Eastern Kentucky, Murray State (2)
- Austin Peay, Belmont, SIUE (3)
- Tennessee State (5)
- Southeast Missouri (6)
- UT Martin (7)
Home Games Ranking:
- UT Martin (7)
- Eastern Kentucky, Southeast Missouri, Murray State (6)
- Austin Peay, Belmont
- SIUE, Tennessee State (4)