2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule Rankings
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.
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.
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.
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.