22-23 Opponent Tracking Thread

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Because they're very similar to what we were jumping from the CAA to the A10. They're now 2 seasons removed from a very good NCAA Tourney run (2021 they went to the Sweet 16... after their F4 run in 2018). Last year they won their conference tournament (just as we did in 2012)... only difference is they got bounced in the Round of 64 where as we got bounced in the round of 32 in 2012.

They've def made a name for themselves.... just as we did in 2011 & 2012... so they're prob getting decent recruits.

And while they got a new HC for last season after Porter Moser left (the one who led them to the Final 4 in 2018 & Sweet 16 in 2021)..he got them back to the NCAA tournament again last year.

There's no reason to think they won't come in & be a force right away. Heck look at us coming into the A10. And right away we came in and made our presence known... there's no reason to think Loyola cant do the same possibly.

Same could be said for Davidson too, I believe.
 

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Mike and his entire staff have been in college basketball for a long time. They have more than enough good relationships for scheduling purposes. Just because you have a good relationship doesn't mean you can get a game with someone. You underestimate the style of play argument. That is a real thing. I know our staff has a very good relationship with the Baylor staff, but they refused to play us in Dallas. We've pulled UVA for two home and home series in 12 years, in part because Tony Bennett is a good guy who understands the larger benefits of playing state schools. (See UVA at JMU last season. Bennett and JMU's coach, Mark Byington, don't have some long-term relationship.) Here is a Bennett quote about playing that game: "I came from Green Bay, a mid-major, there's so much parody, and I always hoped we'd get to play some of the Power-5's and that's irrelevant and I never got to," Bennett said, "I learned from my father when he took the Wisconsin job, he'd go play Green Bay, Milwaukee, those schools, I think that's important." Here is the article: https://www.cbs19news.com/story/45405999/bennett-instate-games-important-for-college-basketball
I think Coach Rhoades said before that sometimes having good relationships when it comes to scheduling just means that they will politely decline rather than hanging up the phone on you.
 

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This feels like a Friday night news dump. Forgive me if I lack enthusiasm for the additional games to our OOC schedule.
 

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If you had been paying attention the Dec 11th game was already announced a while ago. And you are upset that we aren’t playing Kansas in our exhibition game?
I never referenced Kansas and a rational person would agree there's a lot of room between Kansas and Howard. So yes, like many others around here I was hoping we'd fill out the schedule with a program that's more exciting than Howard but below the level of Kansas. Does that clarify it for you?
 
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I never referenced Kansas and a rational person would agree there's a lot of room between Kansas and Howard. So yes, like many others around here I was hoping we'd fill out the schedule with a program that's more exciting than Howard but below the level of Kansas. Does that clarify it for you?
I sensed that the VCU coaching staff tried to get better teams on the schedule, but they got turned down every time.
 

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Not that it matters much since we're talking an exhibition game, but I liked what they did for the last few years -- brought in a local d2 team like VSU and VUU.
 

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I never referenced Kansas and a rational person would agree there's a lot of room between Kansas and Howard. So yes, like many others around here I was hoping we'd fill out the schedule with a program that's more exciting than Howard but below the level of Kansas. Does that clarify it for you?
I posted some things on RamNation last week that I got from a conversation with Martelli. VCU tried everything to get a road or neutral court game on 12/9 or 12/10. When things fell through, they settled for Howard at home, in part because Howard could win the MEAC this year, and one criteria the Selection Committee uses is "record against tournament teams".

That post can be found here: https://www.vcuramnation.com/forums/threads/22-23-opponent-tracking-thread.19636/post-1089030
 

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I posted some things on RamNation last week that I got from a conversation with Martelli. VCU tried everything to get a road or neutral court game on 12/9 or 12/10. When things fell through, they settled for Howard at home, in part because Howard could win the MEAC this year, and one criteria the Selection Committee uses is "record against tournament teams".

That post can be found here: https://www.vcuramnation.com/forums/threads/22-23-opponent-tracking-thread.19636/post-1089030
I think a lot of people have not fully internalized what the P5 20 game schedules have meant for people who do Martelli's job for non-P5 programs. It has always been hard to get H/H, or even one-off neutral site games vs P5 programs. It has now become close(r) to impossible because there are just many fewer spots on their schedules.

The blueprint now has to be do whatever you can to get those games, including offering 2 for 1s (which they have tried), get "best team in X weak ass conference" games, schedule the best exempt tournament you can, and hope the rest of the A10 does its part.

And win the games you get
 

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I think a lot of people have not fully internalized what the P5 20 game schedules have meant for people who do Martelli's job for non-P5 programs. It has always been hard to get H/H, or even one-off neutral site games vs P5 programs. It has now become close(r) to impossible because there are just many fewer spots on their schedules.

The blueprint now has to be do whatever you can to get those games, including offering 2 for 1s (which they have tried), get "best team in X weak ass conference" games, schedule the best exempt tournament you can, and hope the rest of the A10 does its part.

And win the games you get
This x 1000.

With so many of the P5 & BE conferences moving to 20 game conference schedules, that means the schools only have 10 or 11 OOC games. If a school plays in an MTE, then 2-3 games are already gone. If the school is in the SEC/B12 or B1G/ACC, then they will have a designated game against the other conference. That means these P5 & BE schools then only have 6 or 7 OOC games. 4 or 5 will be complete buy games which leaves only 1-3 matchups against a solid opponent.
 
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