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Guys. GUYS! SIUE did a GIF for their schedule. A GIF!

Not only do they get a reward for cool use of twitter, the schedule itself is good, especially in December. Too bad you’ll be watching most of it on television. Here’s the breakdown:

 

Average Non-Conference RPI (using 2015-16 RPI numbers): 172.4
Last Year —  207.7

Top-100 RPI Opponents: at Hawaii (76), at Grand Canyon (88), at Indiana (19)
Last Year —  2

Bottom-100 RPI opponents (252-351): vs Florida Atlantic (301), at Arkansas State (284), vs Stetson (300)

Non-Division I opponents: 1

Early Benchmark — November 22nd at Arkansas State: The goal this year is marked improvement — a team that is at worst competitive against conference opponents. Arkansas State isn’t a historically good team, but winning on the road is always tough. If the Cougars can score an early true-road win, it could be a good sign that SIUE can be competitive against at least mid-pack OVC teams.

Best road trip — December 19th / 21st at Green Bay and Marquette: Other than the idea of heading into Wisconsin in December, this is almost a perfect road swing. Green Bay and Marquette are great programs with nice arenas, and for most people it’s drivable. (About 7-8 hours in a car)

Other Notes: Just four home games out of the Cougars first 13 isn’t exactly ideal…actually, check that. It’s awful. At least one of those four is SIU?

Too bad you’ll be watching most of it on television

 

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)

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Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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