Following yesterday's controversy-free Selection Show, the post-season destinations and RPIs of all schools are in. With that knowledge in hand, here is a brief review of how Seton Hall's non-conference schedule panned out in comparison to what we thought would happen last summer:
UMKC - (8-24, 5-11) RPI: 284
The Roos fired head coach Matt Brown after a predictably disappointing season.
Norfolk State - (21-11, 16-0) RPI: 172
Norfolk tore through the MEAC, finishing undefeated. Then they were upset in the MEAC conference tournament, resulting in an auto-bid to the NIT (8-seed.)
Washington - (18-15, 9-9) RPI: 88
The Huskies join Norfolk State in the NIT as a 6-seed.
Rhode Island - (8-21, 3-13) RPI: 201
Tough season for Hurley and his Rams. They are looking toward next season when they add Rutgers transfer Gil Biruta and a few other talented players.
Maine - (11-19, 6-10) RPI: 264
Sub-par season for Maine in America East. Perhaps their most significant contribution this season was breaking Patrik Auda's fifth metatarsal.
Saint Peter's - (9-21, 3-15) RPI: 290
The Peacocks had a very poor season after an opening night upset of Rutgers at the RAC.
Louisiana State - (19-12, 9-9) RPI: 86
The Tigers just missed the NIT.
N.J.I.T. - (16-13, 6-2) RPI: 300
The Highlanders were heavy favorites to win two games in the Great West Tournament for an auto-bid to the CIT. They lost in the first round.
Wake Forest - (13-19, 6-12) RPI: 170
Sub-par season for the Demon Deacons. Some fans want Jeff Bzdelik gone.
North Carolina A&T - (19-16, 8-8) RPI: 213
Our first major surprise. The Aggies took advantage of Norfolk State's choke in the MEAC tournament by winning the whole thing. They will play Liberty in the First Four tomorrow night.
Longwood - 8-25, 4-12) RPI: 332
Another routine 300+ RPI finish for the Lancers.
Long Island - (20-13, 12-6) RPI: 179
After a 5-10 start, the arrests of several key players, and the season-ending injury of Julian Boyd, the Blackbirds finished 15-3, and won the NEC, earning a 16-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Stony Brook - (24-7, 14-2) RPI: 80
Don't get me started. The Seawolves have been robbed of an NCAA bid yet again. They had to play Albany on the Danes' home court in the America East semi-finals despite being the top seed. Predictably, they lost, and now Albany is in the NCAA tournament instead. Horrific conference tournament format, America East. Robbery.
Here is how the teams fit into my categorical RPI breakdown:
RPI 1-50 (Great schedule):
RPI 51-100 (Good): Washington (88, NIT), LSU (86), Stony Brook (80)
RPI 101-200 (Neutral): Long Island (179, NCAA), Norfolk St (172, NIT), Wake Forest (170),
RPI 201-250 (Bad): Rhode Island (201)*, NC A&T (213, NCAA)
RPI 251+ (Terrible): UMKC (284), Maine (264), SPC (290), NJIT (300), Longwood (332)
Here is how I predicted the teams to finish:
RPI 1-50 (Great schedule):
RPI 51-100 (Good): Washington, LSU, Wake Forest,
RPI 101-200 (Neutral): Norfolk State,
RPI 201-250 (Bad):
RPI 251+ (Terrible): UMKC, Maine, St. Peter's, NJIT,
North Carolina A&T, Longwood
Conclusion: Stony Brook and Long Island swapped places and I slightly underestimated North Carolina A&T's season. Then again, who could have foreseen Norfolk State choking as they did?
Seton Hall's schedule turned out the way we thought it would: pretty poorly. Their non-conference RPI clocked in at 253 while KenPom says their non-conference SOS is 318th in the country.
Going forward, what do you think about this season's scheduling? Should Kevin Willard keep the opposing talent level similar to this season's, or should he upgrade the non-conference schedule?