In Reply to: Next Year's Nonconference Schedule posted by tbb78 on June 09, 2017 at 11:40:32
Like it or not, RPI is a factor in seeding for the NCAA tournament. A common topic of discussion last season was how it was damaging our chances for a high seed. One reason often given for our soft strength of schedule was that we didn't know teams like Texas A&M and Ohio St wouldn't be that good. But that wasn't the problem at all. We played six games against highly ranked teams. TAMU and tOSU had perfectly respectable RPI's in the top-100. It was all those games against teams with 200+ RPI's that hurt us.
Some teams we play this season and last season's RPI:
Cent Ark 311
So Car St 303
So Dakota 237
Blowing out these weak teams does little to help the development of our team and degrades our SOS, not to mention making the home schedule unattractive. All it does is improve the team's W-L record, which is probably the main reason the coaches schedule them.
Now it's not realistic or even possible to bring in many major conference schools without a return game at their place. The answer is not simple, but USC was able to bring in teams with very respectable RPI's under 200 like Nebraska Omaha, BYU, New Orleans, Troy, Wyoming and SMU. This is one time that maybe we should follow their lead.
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