“Exploring” nonconference college hoops skeds

The local college basketball season is right around the corner, with every Big 5 team in action next weekend to kick off the 2008-09 campaign.

 

Here are some games on the early-season nonconference schedules of the Philly teams to mark on your calendar:

11/15 Penn at North Carolina, 4 p.m.

11/18 Penn at Drexel, 10 a.m.

11/18 Florida State at La Salle, 7 p.m.

11/21 La Salle vs. UConn at St. Thomas, V.I., 6 p.m.

11/22 Drexel at Georgetown, 1 p.m.

11/24 St. Joe’s vs. Texas in Maui, TBA

12/6 Creighton at St. Joe’s at Palestra, 7 p.m.

12/9 Villanova vs. Texas at MSG, 9 p.m.

12/11 St. Joe’s at Villanova, 8 p.m.

12/13 Tennessee at Temple, noon

12/20 Temple at Kansas, 2:30 p.m.

12/22 Drexel at Memphis, 1 p.m.

12/29 Temple at Villanova, 7 p.m.

 

Incidentally, the trend for La Salle continues as the Explorers have another pathetic nonconference schedule (full disclosure: I’m a St. Joe’s grad…and the Hawks’ schedule isn’t anything special either).

 

Not counting Big 5 teams La Salle has the following teams on its nonconference schedule (last season’s RPI in parenthesis courtesy of kenpom.com):

 

Morgan State (134)

Florida State (60)

Connecticut (18)

Bucknell (203)

Hartford (177)

Rider (109)

Cornell (65)

Mt. St. Mary’s (159)

Manhattan (274)

Howard (332)

 

That’s an average RPI of 153.1. Take out UConn, which the Explorers didn’t schedule but will play as part of the Paradise Jam, and the average RPI is 168.1.

 

168.1…that’s a joke.

 

John Giannini seems like a classy guy and has had success at several stops, but he’ll never improve the program and, just as importantly, the status of the A-10 conference by playing patsies…who the Explorers don’t even defeat regularly.

 

BTW, La Salle’s RPI in 2007-08? 163.

 

Me? I loved John Chaney’s play anyone, anywhere approach. The formula works on so many levels, from giving his players experience against better teams, to gaining exposure for the school and conference and attracting recruits who want to play against the best.

 

Plus, a loss against ranked teams does less harm come March and Selection Sunday than a defeat to the Howards and Morgan States of the world.

 

Fran Dunphy seems to be following Chaney’s lead at Temple, as the Owls have games against Tennessee and Kansas on their schedule.

 

Good for him.

 

 

That’s all for now.

 

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One Comment on ““Exploring” nonconference college hoops skeds”

  1. sportsfan Says:

    nice blog. can’t wait to read more. i really like the hoops schedule.


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