April 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm #5785
See Pitt and Baylor on our OOC as per ESPNApril 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm #5788
How’d you find that Rich? Tried to do some searching but not coming up with anything thus far. Interesting we’ll get Baylor as we could have played them in Sweet 16 – they are currently 6th in the way too early top 25 on ESPN. Glad to see us finally get Pitt on the schedule..they had a down year for them but won the CBA. Been hoping to play them for awhile…but will they keep us on the schedule knowing Bucknell beat them at Pitt awhile ago and with our run in tourney+CJ returning? A second Patriot League loss would not look good.
Interesting to see both teams have top 15 recruiting classes for next year per ESPN. Playing them early would be better for us one would thinkApril 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm #5790
It was on ESPN radio in the LV. Bucknell Board picked it up and I posted hereApril 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm #5791
Ah yeah…I caught that after I posted. Came here first then over to BU boardApril 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm #5792
While we still await confirmation from the schools themselves, it’s great to see Baylor and Pitt on the docket. I dare say all of us hope to see multiple top-flight opponents dot the schedule later this year, but that’s easier said than done. Obstacles include: long standing contractual commitments made with other institutions, travel costs, open date match-ups, and – of growing significance this year – the willingness of an opponent to take-on the risk of perhaps losing to a mid-major program such as ourselves. Congrats to Coach Reed and Company for nailing down the Bears and the Panthers. Playing each will certainly enhance our national standing and recognition. But, will there be more? Let’s hope! Perhaps we’ll receive an invite to play in one the many MTEs that highlight November play. We distinguished ourselves in the Gazelle Group’s 2K Sports Classic last year and deserve – one would thing – another shot in 2012. You’ll recall that Bucknell was awarded back-to-back appearances in similar programs in 2010(CBE Classic) and 2011 (Legends Classic). FYI, Gazelle is again sponsoring the 2K Sports Classic this year along with two other events – the Legends Classic and Gotham Classic. Host teams have been chosen for each and their names appear below. How nice would it be to see one of those teams added to our OOC schedule? It’s not out of the question.
2K Sports Classic: Villanova, Purdue, Alabama, Oregon State
Legends Classic: Georgetown, Indiana, UCLA, Georgia
Gotham Classic: Syracuse, Temple
As for the mid and low-major programs, I expect to see return matches with such first time (2011) opponents as FDU and UMES. If an alternating format were followed, FDU would come to Stabler and we would travel to Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 2012. Other possibilities would include: a 4th in what might be (no confirmation of same) a four-game contract with Quinnipiac (away this year), the 3rd in what would be (no confirmation of same) multi-year contracts with a Cornell, Fordham, Wagner, St. Peter’s, and Bryant. Who knows, maybe we’ll renew acquaintance with: Monmouth, Stony Brook, Marist, Yale, and NJIT – all of which we last faced in 2010. Or maybe even those we last played in 2009. Namely: Rider, Columbia, and Dartmouth. Or going back to 2008, maybe even: Albany and Princeton.
For those obsessed with our OOC Strength of Schedule numbers, here’s a look at the 2011 numbers from Pomeroy. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not good but not as bad as once feared and often advertised. Like most, I’d like to see us a hundred points higher in 2012, but you can’t argue with the success we had playing the teams we did in 2011.
215 Holy Cross
344 ArmyApril 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm #5793
I have made this point repeatedly, and I appreciate and understand the importance of garauntee games. But we already know we can expect 2-3 away games out power conference teams every year, and usually filled out with NEC, Ivy, MEAC, MAAC, and the occasional D3. However, I would REALLY love to see some solid regional mid-majors (A-10, CAA, upper MAAC) appear on our schedule. And maybe get a home game once in awhile that would pique some interest within the valley.
The other side of the “we’re gaining respect as a program” coin is that while majors might not want to play us, other mid-majors concerned with maintaining a healthy RPI and competitive games might be more willing to look our way.
Some opponents I would love to see on future schedules, ideally in a home and home or even 2-1 deal:
St. Joe’s (had them relatively recently in Stabler)
Richmond (has played away games at PL teams before)
Dayton (another recent one)
We very rarely play teams in the 75-200 RPI change. Games that are challenging, winnable, and an RPI boost.April 13, 2012 at 11:57 pm #5798
You guys do a good job nailing down wish list of OOC games, I’m on board.
Is Baylor MMs homecoming game? It is a few hours from houston, but since its baylor and such a big game, guessing this is MM game.April 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm #5867
According to Jeff Goodman, CBS Sports College Basketball Insider, both Navy and Bucknell will see action this year in preseason basketball tournaments. The Bison will head off to the 2K Sports Classic while the Midshipmen head south to the South Padre Invitational. Where will we be come November? After receiving an invite to the 2K Sports Classic last year and distinguishing ourselves in post-season play, one would hope The Gazelle Group, sponsors this year of the 2K Sports and Gotham Classics, would bring us back for an encore performance in 2012. With BU in the 2K, hope now turns to either the Legends or Gotham events. Of course, there are other programs – most notably the Preseason NIT – that have yet to fill their brackets. With the talk of Pitt being on our schedule (see earlier posts), one could jump to the conclusion that the NIT awaits us. But, not so fast! Until the schools themselves make the announcements, nothing is for sure.
To read the full Jeff Goodman report, click on the link below:May 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm #6027
After attending an on-campus event, TMH reports (see Scheduling Thread) that, indeed, Pitt is on the schedule. Better yet, the game will be in connection with the prestigious Preseason NIT where survivors – not just the four host schools (Pitt, Michigan, Kansas State and Virginia) – advance to play for the championship at NY’s Madison Square Garden. In short, win two at the Pittsburgh Pod – with Pitt supposedly being one of the two – and head to the bright lights of New York. Lose one or both of your games out in Pitt and head-off to another site for a consolation round of two games. Kind of confusing, no doubt, but a nice package of four games. To get a picture of what happened at last year’s event, check out:
Here’s you see, for example, that Syracuse hosted Manhattan, Brown and Albany with Brown being the only one not to play The Orange. When the event finished-up in Syracuse, the Orange who won both of their games advanced to MSG while the others dispersed to Consolation Sites. For example (not shown in the link), Albany and Brown who played each other up in Syracuse, went on to Fairfax, VA to play Monmouth and George Mason while Manhattan headed off to Fort Collins, Colorado to play Fresno State and Colorado State.May 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm #6028
As I mentioned in the other thread, Lehigh has been asked if they would like to host the 2nd round. I think they like them to be at a higher seed and interspersed. Our major competition may be Penn and the Palestra.May 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm #6031
TMH, my hope, of course, would be to advance to the Championship Round at MSG but should we not, hosting a consolation round would be fun. As for Penn, I didn’t know they had been chosen to participate in the NIT.
sbnation.com/ncaa reports only the following teams as expected to play in this year’s tournament: Michigan (host), Pitt (host), Kansas State (host), Virginia (host), Fordham, Bowling Green, Delaware, Fairfield, Cleveland State, Lamar, Robert Morris, North Texas, and as you say, Lehigh. That would seemingly leave 3 teams yet to be announced. Penn could certainly be one of them.May 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm #6033
I mentioned Penn because Bill G. mentioned it to me. I’m not sure if he had any advanced information. My biggest hope is that the fans begin to show. I remember the old zoo crew days of Lafayeete and would love to see that here.May 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm #6034
Thanks 65 – I could not get schedule to download on train wifi but am I correct in my interpretation of your post that there are 4 pods of 4 teams? Next question, my guess is we play someone in game one and if we win we play winner of other game for right at msg? Tell you what Pitt had down year, big down year in Pitt terms, and lost gibbs and robinson to graduation. Gibbs was their best player for the last few years and robinson was their third leading scorer. Sure they have big incoming class, but mite want to get them in game 1 vs game 2. Either way, nice early season road trip to make.
Anyone got dates yet?May 22, 2012 at 2:22 am #6035
You right, Hoops00. 4 Host teams entertaining 3 others (most, if not all, mid-majors). Hosts not guaranteed a trip to NY. The initial round of games should take place the week before Thanksgiving, based on last year’s schedule. MSG games are scheduled for Nov. 21 and 23.May 22, 2012 at 11:26 am #6036
65 – do they seed each pod 1-4? Meaning if we were 2 seed we’d potentially see pitt in game 2 for rights at msg? Man o Man, getting to msg would be sick, and a huge continuation of momentum baby….man I’m fired up already.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.