Not playing season for an "At Large" anymore ... just a chance to win some ball games. ONLY way to the "BIG Dance" anymore is win the MVC tourney and maybe, just maybe, win the league regular season if you don't. Hard to hear but true !
I partially agree. But if winning the conference tournament is the only way to make it in to the big dance, then I say I would rather play some name teams. Otherwise, why schedule Purdue or any other major if we are just looking for winsNot playing season for an "At Large" anymore ... just a chance to win some ball games. ONLY way to the "BIG Dance" anymore is win the MVC tourney and maybe, just maybe, win the league regular season if you don't. Hard to hear but true !
We won 11 games last year, were you expecting us to play in the Maui Invitational?
Also, I'm pretty sure we're in this tourney as a make-up for it having been canceled in 2020.
We really aren't "above" anybody in that field save for KC and UTA.
Next season we're going to have 20 MVC games I believe, so that will leave us with 11 NC games, instead of the usual 13. So far we're at 5 with Green Bay, Miami OH, and 3 MTE games. I'm sure Ball State will be on the schedule, so there's number 6. We'll probably get the two annual non-D1 snooze fest games, so that makes 8. So there's maybe three D1 games we don't know about yet. We were supposed to play a road game at Northern Illinois last season that was covid cancelled, so I wonder if they will be on the schedule. Then there's the annual ass whooping at Purdue we seem to enjoy taking. Maybe for our 11th game we can bring up the Screaming Eagles from Evansville. Oh and I almost forgot about our annual cross town rivalry exhibition game with Rose Hulman.
To be honest, I wish we could just play 22 MVC games, to bring our NC schedule down to 9. Most of the games we play in the non-conference I couldn't care less about. Ball State is interesting, I think USI could be interesting if we were to schedule them, Eastern Illinois would be a good local game, any of the Summit MVFC schools / Youngstown would definitely draw my interest (NDSU the last two seasons).
This would probably be my preferred schedule with 11 NC games:
1) Money game @ P5 school.
2) Ball State
3) Eastern Illinois
) Ft Wayne
7) Western Illinois
8) Youngstown State
Keep it local and play historic rivals, in-state schools, and the two somewhat MVFC schools. I'm sick of the stupid D2 games and the SWAC schools. It shouldn't be that hard to schedule h/h's with those 7 schools that Hautians would at least recognize. I'm sure every school on that list would be interested in h/h's with us.
I know scheduling is a bitch, but if it looked something like this every year I would be ecstatic year in and year out. Low travel against teams people would recognize and pay attention too.
1. Ball State
2. one of ND, PU, IU, Butler (this is the hardest spot to fill except for Purdue seems to enjoy our yearly beatdowns).
3. one of IUPUI,
IPFW, Eastern ILL, Western Illinois or Southern IN
4. Regionally solid mid-major (Wright State, St. Louis, Green Bay, NKU, Toledo, Oakland, Western Kentucky, MTSU, Ohio, Loyola, etc.)
5. Your P5 money games (Louisville, Xavier, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, hell anybody in the country willing to pay)
Your SWAC/MEAC level game
. Non D1 snoozer no one gives a shit about
11. Any top 175 team you can find.