I agree with those positives but is winning insignificant OOC games more important than actually having an opportunity of getting an at large? Winning in A10 doesn’t feed the system to make NCAA tournament. If we get following same script what changes, luck?
Here's the thing though.... the "insignificant ooc games you speak of" are more significant than you think.
Look at last year... we lost to Wagner & Chattanooga at home. we win those games.... we are at least a higher seed in the NIT, meaning 2 or 3 home games instead of 1 & much closer to the bubble than we were. Its very debatable whether winning those 2 alone woulda put us in or not... personally I think we woulda either needed to kill that blowout loss to Dayton or beat UR in the A10 tourney coupled with wins over Wagner & Chatt. to get in.
You could say they are insignificant as it pertains to helping us get in the NCAA's with an at large.... but losing them is definitely a bad loss... which hurts our chances.
Jacksonville this year is another example of that.... a home game that we should've won.... but instead we got ran out of our own gym. And what has Jacksonville done since they played us? Go 7-9.... and lose several games to North Florida & FGCU... both in the bottom half of the A-Sun conference.
That's a bad loss. Had we beat them.... it would be an "insignificant win" especially because of how their season is going. It certainly wouldn't boost our resume. But since we lost.... it absolutely hurts our resume.
Imagine if we had lost to 8-13 Manhattan, or 10-13 Northern Illinois.... now all of a sudden those insignificant OOC games.... become significant.