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Ranking the Atlantic 10’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

As usual, defending A 10 Tournament champ Davidson will challenge itself during November and December, as will VCU and Saint Joe’s. But while preseason favorite Saint Louis built a decent slate, George Mason didn’t really prepare itself for a title (or at-large) challenge.

NCAA Basketball: Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Championship-Davidson vs Rhode Island Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Ranking The Teams

The 2017-18 season was not a vintage one for the A 10. As a result, the conference dropped below the Mountain West in the league rankings. Making matters worse, the conference saw its membership in the top 50, 100, 150, and 200 of these rankings all decline. That’s due in no small part to VCU, Dayton, GW, and Richmond slipping back.

Four-Year Rankings

Team Team Score 4-Year Ranking 2017-18 Ranking
Team Team Score 4-Year Ranking 2017-18 Ranking
Rhode Island 6.728222 48 56
Davidson 5.635759 60 78
VCU 5.123627 67 35
St. Bonaventure 4.5222005 74 84
Dayton 4.4058623 77 40
Saint Joseph's 2.27346735 111 107
Richmond 2.2629208 113 80
George Washington 1.5240465 128 83
La Salle -0.153924 166 159
UMass -0.53630535 175 130
George Mason -0.849729 185 157
Duquesne -1.6529284 199 195
Saint Louis -2.064351 210 239
Fordham -2.9059722 232 186
Average 1.736635393 131.7857143 116.3571429
Conference Rank 9th of 32 (8th in 2017-18)

KenPom Gaps for 2018-19

Rank Team 2018-19 Four-Year Ranking 2018-19 KP Preseason Rank Gap
Rank Team 2018-19 Four-Year Ranking 2018-19 KP Preseason Rank Gap
1 Saint Louis 210 68 142
17 George Mason 185 117 68
71 UMass 175 142 33
80 Duquesne 199 171 28
133 Saint Joseph's 111 104 7
173 Richmond 113 115 -2
202 Fordham 232 239 -7
208 La Salle 166 175 -9
255 Davidson 60 83 -23
256 Dayton 77 100 -23
279 St. Bonaventure 74 103 -29
322 VCU 67 126 -59
326 Rhode Island 48 108 -60
333 George Washington 128 194 -66

KenPom projects that just five of the A 10’s 14 members will outperform their four-year rankings this season, but that number includes both Saint Louis and George Mason—a pair of teams forecast to battle for the conference crown. In fact the Billikens’ 142-point KenPom gap is the biggest projected improvement against the four-year ranking in the country. However, the majority of the conference, including all three of its 2018 NCAA Tournament representatives, is expected to fall short of their recent histories in 2019.

Ranking The Schedules

Despite the presence of four Atlantic 10 teams in the national top 50, the simultaneous appearance of another quartet in the bottom 100, including a trio of teams in the bottom 30, drops the conference into the second half of Division I in terms of the super average schedule ranking. The known opponents on the league’s 14 slates deflate the conference’s numbers, with plenty of improvement possible in the bracketed exempt events 11 A 10 members are scheduled to participate in this season.

Note: The number of asterisks (*) represent the number of pending games on a team’s schedule.

Schedule Rankings

Super Avg. Rank Team Known Schedule Strength Natl. Rank Average Schedule Strength Natl. Rank Maximum Schedule Strength Natl. Rank Minimum Schedule Strength Natl. Rank
Super Avg. Rank Team Known Schedule Strength Natl. Rank Average Schedule Strength Natl. Rank Maximum Schedule Strength Natl. Rank Minimum Schedule Strength Natl. Rank
27 VCU* 5.328835233 21 5.292954571 25 5.346831062 38 5.239078081 22
32 Saint Joseph's** 4.849995615 30 4.700955751 36 5.725188405 22 4.14828254 46
34 Davidson** 4.67835395 35 4.983474957 31 6.124399092 17 3.73131145 63
41 La Salle*** 4.877150006 27 4.708100596 35 5.365963192 37 3.960612454 58
80 George Washington* 3.231274442 94 3.735935196 83 3.739117562 93 3.732752831 62
104 Saint Louis 3.226409992 95 3.226409992 103 3.226409992 120 3.226409992 90
129 Rhode Island** 2.608784504 125 2.624572357 132 3.610796336 99 1.84069468 163
151 Dayton** 0.4266827227 259 2.432186554 142 3.241097496 119 1.461587554 192
159 St. Bonaventure** 1.13307785 210 2.259426123 155 2.856238104 138 1.601841988 179
196 George Mason* 0.8343785104 238 1.61160676 196 1.94095651 186 1.28225701 202
286 UMass* -0.597586225 299 -0.053084775 286 0.08451469615 285 -0.1906842462 286
329 Richmond* -1.416101458 337 -1.112033165 329 -1.09141135 329 -1.132654981 325
332 Duquesne -1.228832279 329 -1.228832279 332 -1.228832279 334 -1.228832279 330
352 Fordham -3.979894637 352 -3.979894637 352 -3.979894637 352 -3.979894637 352
160.85 Average 1.712323445 175.07 2.085841286 159.79 2.497241013 154.93 1.692340174 169.29
17/32 Conference Rank 17 of 32 12 of 32 10 of 32 14 of 32

Who Over- And Under-Scheduled?

While George Mason has the smallest scheduling gap of the A 10’s 14 members, the Patriots’ 10-spot deficit is disappointing for a team expected to challenge for the conference title, particularly considering the low starting point. For comparison’s sake, Saint Louis, the preseason favorite, over-scheduled by 106 spots when compared to its four-year ranking. There aren’t a ton of surprises on this list, as Davidson, Saint Joe’s, and VCU all challenged themselves as usual, while Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure struggled to get games, and Fordham and Duquesne didn’t make much of an effort at all. Richmond joins GMU in the disappointment group, as the Spiders—a team that usually schedules well—under-scheduled by more than 200 places this season.

Scheduling Gaps

National Rank Team Four-Year Ranking Super Average Ranking Scheduling Gap
National Rank Team Four-Year Ranking Super Average Ranking Scheduling Gap
31 George Mason 185 195 -10
70 Davidson 60 34 26
100 VCU 67 27 40
119 George Washington 128 80 48
167 Dayton 77 151 -74
184 Saint Joseph's 111 32 79
187 Rhode Island 48 129 -81
196 St. Bonaventure 74 159 -85
236 Saint Louis 210 104 106
240 UMass 175 285 -110
251 Fordham 232 350 -118
257 La Salle 166 41 125
267 Duquesne 199 330 -131
327 Richmond 113 327 -214
188 Average (22/32 conf.) 131.7857143 160.2857143 -28.5

Home, Power 7 Road, and Non-D1 Games

True Home Games Scheduled Home Games Scheduled Against Power 7 Teams Road Games Scheduled Against Power 7 Teams Non-D1 Opponents Scheduled
True Home Games Scheduled Home Games Scheduled Against Power 7 Teams Road Games Scheduled Against Power 7 Teams Non-D1 Opponents Scheduled
100 7 19 2

The Atlantic 10 saw a small uptick in home games compared to last season—by a whopping total of three. But conference members will play five fewer such games against Power 7 foes when compared to 2017-18, while playing two more power road contests. Davidson and Fordham are responsible for the two non-D1 games on A 10 schedules this season.

Non-Conference Games By League

Conference Games Scheduled Against Possible Tournament Games Against
Conference Games Scheduled Against Possible Tournament Games Against
CAA 13 2
ACC 12 4
Ivy 11 0
American Athletic 10 3
MAAC 10 1
America East 10 0
MEAC 10 0
Big South 9 0
Patriot 9 0
Big East 8 4
C-USA 7 3
Sun Belt 6 1
Horizon 6 0
MVC 5 3
NEC 5 0
SWAC 5 0
SEC 4 5
Atlantic Sun 4 0
Big 12 3 4
Big Ten 3 3
MAC 3 2
Non-D1 2 0
OVC 2 0
Southland 2 0
Summit 2 0
Pac-12 1 4
MW 0 5
Big West 0 3
WAC 0 1
Big Sky 0 0
SoCon 0 0
WCC 0 0

In 2017-18, the Atlantic 10 only missed scheduling games against the Big Sky and Summit League. This time around, a whopping half-dozen leagues, five of them out West, are missing. However, the A 10 could play up to five games against the absent Mountain West and three against the Big West in tournament play.

As a result, Eastern conferences dominate A 10 schedules, claiming the top 10 spots in the table above (though classifying the geographically-dispersed American Athletic as an Eastern league is questionable). Last season, the ACC and Big East led the way in providing Atlantic 10 non-league opponents, and while the former ranks second this year, the CAA has replaced the latter in the top two.

Not surprisingly, former conference member Temple appears on no fewer than six A 10 schedules this season. Nine teams appear three times, most notably Wake Forest, Harvard, Bucknell, Penn, Old Dominion, and Vermont. As for individual Atlantic 10 schedules, Richmond will play three Big South teams, while St. Bonaventure lined up a trio of Upstate New York MAAC squads for its schedule.

Non-Conference Games By Quad

Opponent Strength Home Away Neutral Total Average Potential
Opponent Strength Home Away Neutral Total Average Potential
Quad 1 2 17 8 27 1.928571429 14
Quad 2 3 11 7 21 1.5 15
Quad 3 21 4 6 31 2.214285714 16
Quad 4 72 5 3 80 5.714285714 3
Non-D1 2 0 0 2 0.1428571429 0
Total 100 37 24 161
Average 7.142857143 2.642857143 1.714285714 11.5
Percentage 0.6211180124 0.2298136646 0.149068323
Q1 1-30 1-75 1-50
Q2 31-75 76-135 51-100
Q3 76-160 136-240 101-200
Q4 161-353 241-353 201-353

If the Atlantic 10 is to earn more than two bids this season, at-large contenders are going to have to do some work on the road, as conference members have just five potential Quad 1 or 2 home contests listed during non-league play. Note that there are four road games against top five opponents and two top 10 games on neutral floors. The total of 72 Quad 4 home games is slightly disappointing, but understandable given the A 10’s position in between the Power 7 and mid-major ranks.

Team-By-Team Breakdown

Teams are listed in order of their Super Average Schedule Ranking. The number in front of an opponent name is its Four-Year Ranking. Logos via SportsLogos.net.

27. VCU Rams

*Exempt Event: GotPrint.com Legends Classic

True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (1-2) Semi-Road Games (0-1) True Road Games (3)
True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (1-2) Semi-Road Games (0-1) True Road Games (3)
229. Gardner-Webb 86. Temple* 93. St. John's 83. Old Dominion
279. Hampton* 101. California (or California)* 43. Texas
228. Bowling Green* (or St. John's)* 2. Virginia
141. Hofstra
112. Iona
117. College of Charleston
12. Wichita State
177. Rider

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 1 win (Old Dominion) and 2 losses (Virginia and Texas)

Mike Rhoades’ second non-conference schedule might be a bit more daunting than his first, even with the Legends Classic not being anywhere near as loaded as last season’s Maui Jim Maui Invitational. That increase in strength is due in no small part to the Rams’ need return games against Virginia and Texas this time around. Still, there’s potential here, especially with both Temple and St. John’s, who the Rams will and could see in Brooklyn, likely to improve. On the flip side, VCU’s marquee home game, against Wichita State, doesn’t quite have the luster it would have had a season ago, thanks to the Shockers’ offseason losses.

32. Saint Joseph’s Hawks

*Exempt Event: Myrtle Beach Invitational

True Home Games (5) Semi-Home Games (1) True Neutral-Site Games (4) True Road Games (3)
True Home Games (5) Semi-Home Games (1) True Neutral-Site Games (4) True Road Games (3)
83. Old Dominion 82. Loyola Chicago # 69. Wake Forest* 132. William & Mary
120. Monmouth* # - Saint Joseph's home game at the Palestra 115. UCF or 105. Princeton
270. UIC 225. Cal State Fullerton* 1. Villanova
86. Temple 9. West Virginia/
206. Wagner 90. Valparaiso/
120. Monmouth/
127. WKU*
178. Penn !
! - Saint Joseph's home game at the Palestra

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 2 wins (@UIC, Princeton) and 3 losses (Villanova, @Temple, @Penn)

For the second season in succession, injuries derailed a promising Hawk squad—though Phil Martelli’s squad still managed a .500 record and five-win improvement from 2016-17. Saint Joe’s should be able to improve upon that with (needed) good health this time around. A trip to the Myrtle Beach Invitational final is possible, while 2018 Final Four squad Loyola Chicago will challenge the Hawks in a showcase game at the Palestra. Then there’s the annual showdown with Villanova, which unfortunately for Saint Joseph’s, is set for the Wildcats’ renovated on-campus arena this season.

34. Davidson Wildcats

*Exempt Event: Charleston Classic

True Home Games (6) True Neutral-Site Games (3) Semi-Road Games (1) True Road Games (3)
True Home Games (6) True Neutral-Site Games (3) Semi-Road Games (1) True Road Games (3)
276. Cleveland State 12. Wichita State* 86. Temple # 139. UNCW
290. Dartmouth 8. Purdue or # - Atlantic City, N.J. 69. Wake Forest
116. Northeastern* 255. Appalachian State* 5. North Carolina
266. Charlotte 49. Virginia Tech/
148. Winthrop 55. Alabama/
(Non-D1) Central Penn. 116. Northeastern/
172. Ball State*

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 2 wins (UNCW, @Charlotte) and 2 losses (@Appalachian State, North Carolina (N))

If the Wildcats want to return to the NCAAs for a second consecutive year, a strong performance at the Charleston Classic and avoiding faceplants in their six winnable home games will be vital. Winning at North Carolina or, more likely, Wake Forest would be helpful, but not nearly as vital as a two- or three-win performance one weekend before Thanksgiving.

41. La Salle Explorers

*Exempt Event: Wooden Legacy

True Home Games (4) Semi-Home Games (2) True Neutral-Site Games (4) True Road Games (2)
True Home Games (4) Semi-Home Games (2) True Neutral-Site Games (4) True Road Games (2)
312. Lafayette 351. Alabama A&M # 23. Miami (Fla.)* 86. Temple
263. Drexel 152. Towson or 63. Northwestern or 16. Florida
108. Bucknell 194. Tulane # 88. Fresno State*
178. Penn # - Atlantic City 36. Utah/
37. Seton Hall/
140. Grand Canyon/
179. Hawai'i*
1. Villanova !
! - The Palestra

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 2 wins (@Penn, Temple) and 5 losses (Miami (Fla.) (N), Towson (N), Drexel, @Villanova, @Bucknell)

The Explorers were yet another A 10 team that couldn’t manage a .500 record in non-conference play a season ago. And with La Salle stumbling to a 13-19 finish, Dr. John Giannini was relieved of his duties. New coach Ashley Howard will have his work cut out for him with this slate, which naturally features a trio of difficult Big Five games, a trip to Florida, and not one but two bracketed tournaments (for the second season in a row). At least La Salle won’t have to travel far for the second event, which will be in Atlantic City.

80. George Washington Colonials

*Exempt Event: Air Force Reserve Tip-Off (Naismith Bracket)

True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (2) True Road Games (3)
True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (2) True Road Games (3)
180. Stony Brook* 17. Michigan* 2. Virginia
226. Siena* 50. Providence or 105. Princeton
244. Manhattan 51. South Carolina* 130. Harvard
78. Vermont
152. Towson
90. Valparaiso
335. Howard
320. American

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 3 wins (Howard, Princeton, Harvard) and 0 losses

Like their rivals from Fairfax, the Colonials also took a step back in non-league play last season, which hampered their final record. And after a 15-win campaign, this sneakily tricky slate probably isn’t going to help the bottom line for Maurice Joseph’s squad. There’s a decent chance that GW won’t win a single game away from the Smith Center this fall, even though they defeated both Princeton and Harvard in D.C. last year. The Hall of Fame Tip-Off semifinal matchup against 2018 National Runner-Up Michigan is just cruel.

104. Saint Louis Billikens

*Exempt Event: Barclays Center Classic

True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (1) Semi-Road Games (1) True Road Games (3)
True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (1) Semi-Road Games (1) True Road Games (3)
284. Southeast Missouri State 109. Pittsburgh* ! 26. Florida State # 37. Seton Hall
191. Troy* ! - Brooklyn, N.Y. # - Sunrise, Fla. 150. Southern Illinois
(Transitional) North Alabama* 41. Houston
301. Central Arkansas*
21. Butler
125. Oregon State
248. N.C. Central
255. Appalachian State

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 2 wins (Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri State) and 3 losses (@Butler, Houston, Oregon State (N))

Travis Ford’s second Billiken team created an early stir by defeating eventual NCAA qualifier Virginia Tech in the 2K Classic semifinals in the season’s opening weekend. And while SLU failed to live up to those perhaps prematurely heightened expectations, the Billikens still managed a five-win improvement over 2016-17. This time around, a team that’s considered a real threat for the A 10 crown will certainly be tested before conference play with a visit from Butler and road trips to Seton Hall, Houston, and Florida State (okay, the Seminoles’ home state) balancing a soft home schedule and MTE.

121. Rhode Island Rams

*Exempt Event: Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

True Home Games (5) True Neutral-Site Games (3-4) Semi-Road Games (1) True Road Games (2-3)
True Home Games (5) True Neutral-Site Games (3-4) Semi-Road Games (1) True Road Games (2-3)
334. Bryant 9. West Virginia $ 277. Holy Cross # 117. College of Charleston
130. Harvard 108. Bucknell* # - DCU Center 50. Providence
180. Stony Brook 45. TCU or 179. Hawai'i
282. Brown 266. Charlotte* (or Colorado/UNLV/
62. Middle Tennessee 76. Colorado/ Indiana State)
143. UNLV/
164. Indiana State
(or Hawai'i)*
$ - Uncasville, Conn.

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 4 wins (Holy Cross, Brown, Providence, College of Charleston)

The most disappointing thing about the Rams 2018-19 non-conference slate is that Nevada bought out Rhody’s return game—the Wolf Pack won an entertaining 88-81 affair in Reno last November. The home game with Harvard and annual matchup with Providence (this time at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center) aside, the biggest challenges for David Cox’s first Ram squad will come at the Mohegan Sun (where Rhode Island will take on West Virginia) and Hawai’i. The Rams’ Diamond Head Classic quarterfinal with two-time-defending Patriot League champ Bucknell might very well be one of the biggest mid-major games of the season.

151. Dayton Flyers

*Exempt Event: Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis

True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (4) True Road Games (1)
True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (4) True Road Games (1)
241. North Florida 21. Butler* 64. Auburn
347. Coppin State* 2. Virginia or
149. Purdue Fort Wayne 62. Middle Tennessee*
73. Mississippi State 16. Florida/
288. Detroit Mercy 22. Wisconsin/
170. Western Michigan 27. Oklahoma/
345. Presbyterian 79. Stanford*
162. Georgia Southern 97. Tulsa #
# - Uncasville, Conn.

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: No wins and 2 losses (Auburn, @Mississippi State)

Other than the trip to the Bahamas and a pair of SEC contests, the Flyers’ 2018-19 non-conference slate is designed to get them off to a better start than the 6-6 one they experienced in Anthony Grant’s first season. Seven home wins are possible, but the Flyers shouldn’t expect much out of their road/neutral games. A possible day two meeting with Middle Tennessee is likely to determine if the Flyers make it out of Atlantis with a win.

159. St. Bonaventure Bonnies

*Exempt Event: Cayman Islands Classic

True Home Games (5) True Neutral-Site Games (3) True Road Games (5)
True Home Games (5) True Neutral-Site Games (3) True Road Games (5)
108. Bucknell 110. Georgia State* 267. Niagara
330. Jackson State* 28. Creighton or 226. Siena
165. Canisius 66. Boise State* 78. Vermont
348. Delaware State 29. Clemson/ 116. Northeastern
89. Buffalo 57. Georgia/ 46. Syracuse
87. Illinois State/
157. Akron*

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 7 wins (Jackson State, @Siena, @Buffalo, @Canisius, Vermont (N), Northeastern, @Syracuse) and 1 loss (Niagara)

The Bonnies’ 10-2 non-conference record and 6-1 mark in non-league games played away from Olean played a significant role in their qualification for the 2018 NCAA Tournament. And with many familiar names—and victims—on this season’s slate and a quality Cayman Islands Classic serving as SBU’s MTE, Mark Schmidt’s squad will find itself right back in the at-large picture with a similarly excellent start to 2018-19.

196. George Mason Patriots

*Exempt Event: Emerald Coast Classic

True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (2) True Road Games (3)
True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (2) True Road Games (3)
178. Penn 11. Cincinnati* 162. Georgia Southern
320. American 15. Baylor or 132. William & Mary
313. Southern* 75. Ole Miss* 39. Kansas State
248. N.C. Central*
327. Morgan State
78. Vermont
192. James Madison
227. Navy

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 3 wins (@James Madison, N.C. Central, Morgan State) and 2 losses (William & Mary, Georgia Southern)

The Patriots took a step back in Dave Paulsen’s third season, winning four fewer games than they did in 2016-17. And since GMU finished 9-9 in the A 10 in each of the last two seasons, non-conference struggles are what held the Patriots back in 2017-18. But with a more difficult exempt tournament and visits from Ivy champ Penn and America East power Vermont on this slate, along with three tricky road trips, repeating last year’s stuttering 6-7 start seems a more likely proposition than a replay of 2016’s 10-3 opening run.

286. UMass Minutemen

*Exempt Event: Continental Tire Las Vegas Holiday Invitational

True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (2) True Road Games (3)
True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (2) True Road Games (3)
307. UMass Lowell 150. Southern Illinois* 50. Providence
239. New Hampshire 61. Nevada or 86. Temple
130. Harvard 97. Tulsa* 57. Georgia
335. Howard*
344. Arkansas-Pine Bluff*
291. Quinnipiac
277. Holy Cross
293. Fairleigh Dickinson

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 4 wins (UMass Lowell, Holy Cross, Providence, Georgia) and 2 losses (@Harvard, @Quinnipiac)

Matt McCall’s first group of Minutemen surprised during non-league play, taking advantage of home games against Providence and Georgia to pull a couple of surprises on the way to a 7-6 start. But this time around, UMass has to head to the Dunk and Athens, as well as to Las Vegas for their Thanksgiving exempt tournament. That means the Minutemen must take advantage of all eight of their home games (even the one against Harvard) if they want to better last fall’s non-league mark.

329. Richmond Spiders

*Exempt Event: Fort Myers Tip-Off

True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (3) True Road Games (2)
True Home Games (8) True Neutral-Site Games (3) True Road Games (2)
343. Longwood 82. Loyola Chicago* 68. Georgetown
325. St. Francis-Brooklyn* 121. Boston College or 249. South Alabama
259. IUPUI* 129. Wyoming*
279. Hampton 221. High Point #
69. Wake Forest # - Washington, D.C.
347. Coppin State
223. Oral Roberts
83. Old Dominion

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 0 wins and 4 losses (Georgetown, @Wake Forest, @Old Dominion, @Boston College)

While the Spiders managed to break even during their A 10 campaign, November and December of 2017 were unkind to Chris Mooney’s squad. Richmond stumbled into conference play with a 2-10 record, then promptly defeated eventual league auto bid winner Davidson by 11 at the Robins Center. Another slow start could lead to the calls for Mooney’s job to grow louder. However, five home games against D1 bottom feeders should at least make the win total a bit more respectable, though it would take a surprise win over Loyola Chicago or Boston College in Fort Myers to receive anything resembling national acclaim.

332. Duquesne Dukes

*Exempt Event: Gotham Classic

True Home Games (10) Semi-Home Games (1) True Neutral-Site Games (1) True Road Games (1)
True Home Games (10) Semi-Home Games (1) True Neutral-Site Games (1) True Road Games (1)
132. William & Mary* 65. Penn State # 109. Pittsburgh # 20. Notre Dame*
270. UIC* # - PPG Paints Arena # - PPG Paints Arena
220. Radford*
307. UMass Lowell
145. Marshall
343. Longwood
339. Maryland Eastern Shore
340. Maine
264. Eastern Kentucky
261. NJIT

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 1 win (Maryland Eastern Shore) and 1 loss (Pittsburgh (N))

Despite their participation in the Gotham Classic, the Dukes won’t be traveling to New York this November, as they’ll play Notre Dame in South Bend in that event’s showcase game. That trip to Indiana will be the lone game Keith Dambrot’s second Duquesne squad plays away from Pittsburgh before A 10 play begins. Last year, they at least got to play two contests in Vegas. In 2017, Duquesne went 9-2 in their own building against one of the softest slates in the nation. A year later, similar results are possible, with visits from William & Mary and defending C-USA Tournament champ Marshall the biggest challenges.

352. Fordham Rams

*Exempt Event: John Bach Classic

True Home Games (10) True Road Games (3)
True Home Games (10) True Road Games (3)
(Non-D1) CCNY* 305. Houston Baptist
262. FIU* 244. Manhattan
308. Youngstown State* 340. Maine
200. Columbia*
351. Alabama A&M
167. Rutgers
261. NJIT
335. Howard
192. James Madison
275. LIU Brooklyn

Record against returning opponents from 2017-18: 3 wins (LIU Brooklyn, Manhattan, Maine) and 1 loss (@Rutgers)

Like Duquesne, the Rams want to gather wins and confidence during November and December. With 167th-ranked Rutgers the highest-ranked team here, and five teams from outside of the top 300, including the country’s lowest-rated team, Alabama A&M, also present, there’s little wonder why this is the second-worst non-conference schedule in the country. At least Jeff Neubauer’s squad should enter A 10 play with more wins than the five they picked up to start the 2017-18 campaign.

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