Thursday, December 23, 2010

Past OOC Opponents

RPI according to and records are D1 only.

Tennessee 7-3, 29
Austin Peay 7-6, 126
Kennessaw State 1-9, 318
Marshall 6-3, 104
Louisville 10-3, 30
Jackson State 2-8, 110
FIU 3-6, 300
Murray State 6-4, 75


Tennessee is on a terrible three game losing streak that has been really detrimental to the Mocs RPI. When the Vols were #1 in the RPI, the Mocs were ranked significantly higher in the RPI. They were in the 140s before losing to Murray State, and the Vols lost right after that, and the Mocs dropped 80 spots. The Vols can really help the Mocs RPI if they start winning again. They are playing Belmont tonight.

Austin Peay is also a future opponent. The Governors are becoming one of the favorites in the OVC, despite losing their second leading scorer. Could they win the OVC? Yes. This team is the only undefeated team in the conference. It would be good for the Mocs if Austin Peay went on to win the OVC since they play them twice.

Kennesaw State is one of the odder teams on the Mocs schedule. They were playing so well when the Mocs played them, coming off a huge win over Georgia Tech. They have not won since that win over the Yellow Jackets, and seem to be getting worse and worse. It wouldn't hurt the Mocs feelings if they started winning at some point and jumped into contention in the Atlantic Sun.

Marshall is one of the Mocs good wins. The Thundering Herd has beaten Top 100 James Madison at home, and lost to them on the road. They also lost to Louisville on the road. This will continue to be one of the Mocs good wins. Along with Memphis, UCF, and Southern Miss, Marshall is one of the main contenders in Conference USA.

Louisville has beaten UNLV and Butler for quality wins, and lost to Drexel at home for their only loss of the year. Of course, Drexel has an RPI of 19 right now, so that is not that bad of a loss. They haven't played any other Top 100 teams at all. Their schedule has been relatively easy, and they will be in contention in the Big East. The Mocs would love it if the Cardinals went on to be a major player in the conference race.

Jackson State may only be 2-8, but with an RPI of 110, they are not that bad. But after losing to Bradley, there has to be some question whether or not they deserve their spot. They are probably still the favorite in the SWAC, though that is not necessarily huge praise for them. They should start winning a lot more games now that they are about to enter SWAC play.

FIU is clearly the worst loss of the year for the Mocs. They already lost to RPI 339 Bowling Green. This is not a good team. There is really almost no excuse for losing by 21 to this Golden Panthers team. They are not a significant contender in the Sun Belt. In fact, it would be best if the Mocs just forgot about this game altogether.

Murray State may be considered co-favorites with Austin Peay. They have already lost a conference game to Morehead State. Their schedule is about to really ease up, as they will play many teams with RPI's over 300. They may remain in the Top 100, though. This team is good enough to win plenty of games. I have come to expect Austin Peay and Murray State to play for the OVC title, and that makes the Mocs schedule look all the better.


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