2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule Rankings
2016-17 Key Mid-Major Non-Conference Schedules
Teams from outside of the power conferences have struggled to earn at-large bids over the last four years. Here's a list of teams that have the potential to break through.
2016-17 Pac-12 Non-Conference Schedules
Based on some of these slates, a few likely contenders will have to work extra hard during conference play for the Pac-12 to equal 2016's total of 7 bids this coming March.
16-17 Non-Conference Schedule Ratings: Methodology
Over the coming days, I'm going to analyze many non-league slates. But before we get to specifics, it's time to take a look at how I set up the data.
2016-17 SEC Non-Conference Schedules
The conference has become known for low at-large bid hauls, but some improved scheduling across the board aims to rectify that.
2016-17 Mountain West Non-Conference Schedules
Last season, the conference failed to earn multiple bids for the NCAA Tournament for just the second time. Based on these slates, a repeat performance is likely.
2016-17 American Athletic Non-Conference Schedules
The 11-member league's traditional basketball powers—UConn, Temple, and Cincinnati—set themselves up for March success. The same can't be said for the teams playing in the shadow of King Football, like NCAA hopeful Houston.
2016-17 Atlantic 10 Non-Conference Schedules
The Atlantic 10 should once again find itself in position to earn multiple NCAA bids, thanks to some strong work by its contenders in the November and December scheduling department.
2016-17 ACC Non-Conference Schedules
The conference hopes for a record haul of NCAA bids this season, but while teams like Clemson and Pitt upped their scheduling games to help their chances, others managed to shrink their margin for error.
2016-17 Big 12 Non-Conference Schedules
This season's 10 slates look rather similar to those of 2015-16, which is good news for Kansas, but might leave Texas Tech and West Virginia needing to work hard during league play.
2016-17 Big East Non-Conference Schedules
Many of SB Nation's Big East bloggers contributed to this piece, which features a look at the 10 squads' November and December slates. Xavier will have to prepare for a gauntlet, while the defending National Champs should have an easier go of things.
2016-17 Big Ten Non-Conference Schedules
In 2016, Indiana was underseeded, Ohio State missed the NCAAs, and Northwestern didn't even reach the NIT field, all thanks to some poor early season scheduling choices. Heading into 2017, it appears some conference members didn't learn their lesson.