2019-20 Non-Conference Schedule Rankings
I’ve attempted to simplify and streamline things for the new season (with further changes coming for 2020-21). This series is also going to be less comprehensive than in the recent past.
Taking a look at 15 teams to keep an eye on between November and Selection Sunday.
Usually, Kansas leads these rankings, but not this season. That being said, the Jayhawks aren’t far from the top.
Purdue and Michigan State lead the way with first-class schedules, while Minnesota didn’t do too badly considering some difficulties in getting games. On the other hand, many of the teams that could struggle built schedules with those in mind.
While the Big East doesn’t have a top 10 slate like Xavier’s of a season ago, the bottom of the league made significant strides in schedule-building this season.
After a couple of rough March Madness campaigns, many the conference’s likely contenders decided to beef up their non-league slates, just one year before the Pac-12 hops the 20-conference-game bandwagon.
Cincinnati and Temple have top 25 non-league schedules heading into the new season. Overall, the conference has stepped up its game, though there are still a few stragglers.