My thoughts on our current schedule below. I really really like the schedule. I am all for playing other competitive mid majors especially if we can't get Power 5 conference teams to schedule us. Of note, Barrtorvik ranks below are projections for next season and KenPom ranks are from the end of last season.
11/20 vs. Mercer (Barttorvik -160, KenPom - 131) - Buy Game and hopefully easy win for the Season opener to work out any kinks - I am not opposed to an easy game to start the season
11/23 vs. Buffalo (Barrtorvik -80, Kenpom -77) - top 100 neutral site game against a very competitive non-power conference team. (Their Head Coach is Jim Whitesell). I like this game. Good winnable neutral site game. (Of course, I would love a better early season tournament....)
11/24 vs. IL State/SFA in Cancun (IL State Barrtorvik -189, Kenpom -198/SFA Barrtorvik -319, Kenpom -151) -I'm not excited about this game, especially as an early season tournament game... Both of these teams have been relevant in their conferences in recent years, but doubt they will be this year. Championship game of our early season tournament? Ugh.... Oh well... If this is the only part of the schedule I'm not excited for, I'd say it's a pretty good schedule.
11/30 at Boise State (Barrtorvik -68, Kenpom -61) - Top 100 away game against a very competitive mid major. I also really like this game. Good winnable road game.
12/22 vs. Drake in Las Vegas (Barrtorvik -60, Kenpom -55) - Top 100 game against a very competitive mid major. I also really like this game. Another Good winnable neutral site game.
TBA vs. Auburn (Barrtorvik -18, Kenpom -60) - Good Power 5 conference team. Home court advantage gives us a chance. Any time we can get a potential top 25 power conference team into Chaifetz is a scheduling coup.
TBA vs. UAB (Barrtorvik -87, Kenpom -102) - Good Conference USA team. Should be a top 100 team. I really like this game and think we can win.
TBA vs. Boston College (Barrtorvik -136, Kenpom -148) - I know others won't be as excited as I am, but I really like this game too. Jesuit school from a Power 5 conference. Once again, any time we can get a Power 5 team into Chaifetz is a good game.
TBA @ Memphis (Barrtorvik -10, Kenpom -31) - I really like this game. I think this will be our toughest game of the year. Memphis has had huge success in recent years recruiting with Coach Hardaway. I think we have a chance.