The reason why padding the schedule makes absolutely no sense is we play in a ONE BID LEAGUE. We are not going to pad up the wins to 25 fluffs and get an at-large. Never going to happen. And, the NIT auto-bid requires us to win the conference, so playing 300+ RPI schools will never make any sense. You build a program by playing all-comers, at home and on the road.
This is a fantastic point. I do think there is something to be said for playing a few teams that should be wins because it builds confidence and gets a team used to being a favorite and taking care of business. I like the thirds model. 1/3 games you should win, 1/3 toss ups, and 1/3 “reach” games. And no, a reach game does not need to be Minnesota on the road or another garauntee game. It could be St. Joe’s at their place as part of a 2 for 1. Agree though, that padding your record with W’s does nothing for a Patriot League program. Maybe getting 20 wins gets you into the CBI, but who here enjoyed that last season?