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CDC84
11-08-2010, 09:34 PM
An annual tradition has returned....

Your 2010 winner is.....(drum roll please).....the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions:

11/13 - at Colorado State
11/15 - at Nebraska
11/19 - at Northwestern
11/21 - at Stanford
11/24 - at Hawaii
11/28 - at Missouri
12/4 - at Auburn
12/12 - at UTEP
12/13 - at New Mexico State
12/18 - at Air Force
12/21 - at Denver
12/29 - at Akron

First home game: January 4 vs. Mississippi Valley State. Twelve straight true road games to kick off the 2010/11 season.

In the span of about a month and a half, the Golden Lions will travel a total of 21,946 miles. As is usually the case with SWAC teams, much of the travel will be taking place on buses. The athletic department was really nice (yeah right!) to give them back to back night games against UTEP and New Mexico State on 12/12 and 12/13.

I would imagine the Golden Lions won't be feeling so golden by the end of this non-league sked.

RenoZag
11-08-2010, 09:43 PM
Cannon fodder. They must need the cash

BobZag
11-09-2010, 08:47 AM
I'm tired just reading that. Ugh.

bballbeachbum
11-09-2010, 11:24 AM
wow, and ouch

zagfan07
11-09-2010, 12:09 PM
Not even 1 ranked team on that schedule!

Meh...

ridgebackzag
11-09-2010, 12:35 PM
Maybe the largest margin in talent, but certainly not the toughest schedule.

thespywhozaggedme
11-09-2010, 12:38 PM
An annual tradition has returned....

Your 2010 winner is.....(drum roll please).....the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions:

11/13 - at Colorado State
11/15 - at Nebraska
11/19 - at Northwestern
11/21 - at Stanford
11/24 - at Hawaii
11/28 - at Missouri
12/4 - at Auburn
12/12 - at UTEP
12/13 - at New Mexico State
12/18 - at Air Force
12/21 - at Denver
12/29 - at Akron

First home game: January 4 vs. Mississippi Valley State. Twelve straight true road games to kick off the 2010/11 season.

In the span of about a month and a half, the Golden Lions will travel a total of 21,946 miles. As is usually the case with SWAC teams, much of the travel will be taking place on buses. The athletic department was really nice (yeah right!) to give them back to back night games against UTEP and New Mexico State on 12/12 and 12/13.

I would imagine the Golden Lions won't be feeling so golden by the end of this non-league sked.

UTEP and NMSU are less than 40 minutes apart. Regardless, they are the road warriors.

zaggernaut
11-09-2010, 01:03 PM
This school has had a schedule similar to this for a few years now. Last season they started the season off 0-11 with 11 non-conference road games and still had to start their conference play with 2 road games. They ended up finishing second in the SWAC and won their conference tourney to make it the NCAA tourney as a 16 seed.

Not sure what the comparison is as far as miles traveled between this season and previous seasons, but it seems as if these kids are definitely used to being on the road.

CDC84
11-09-2010, 02:20 PM
Not even 1 ranked team on that schedule!

It doesn’t matter. They are still going to get drilled night after night after night. Especially as the travel gets to them. It’s just that they would get beat by 60 if they played at Duke.

The subject of this thread isn’t really about who is playing the most difficult non-league sked. It’s about who is playing the most insane schedule. An insane schedule is one that destroys the soul of a team.

If Arkansas Pine Bluff played at Gonzaga, at Duke, at Washington, at Illinois, at Kansas and at Syracuse, and then had neutral floor games in Little Rock versus Army and Radford, and home games versus Louisiana-Monroe, Longwood, Houston-Baptist, and Fairfield, that non-league sked would be more difficult from a RPI perspective than the one they will be facing this season, but it wouldn’t be as soul destroying as starting off with 12 straight road games with that much travel. The team is not even going to have a chance to play a home game (or even a road game, for that matter) against a Longwood or Houston-Baptist to build some confidence.

Of course the ultimate non-league sked is one that is not only the most insane but also the toughest. Mississippi Valley State had a schedule like that a couple of years ago. There really wasn't a team that combined both things this season. At least that I could see.

BroncoZAG615
11-09-2010, 02:35 PM
Not even 1 ranked team on that schedule!

Meh...

Missouri says hi!

tightface
11-09-2010, 02:41 PM
Oakland has an equally daunting schedule for a team with Summit Conference Title aspirations:

@ West Virgiia
@ Ohio
@ Purdue
@ Wright St.
@ Illinois
Michigan State (neutral court)
@ Tennessee
@ Michigan
@ Ohio State

The only Non-Conference gimmies are Southern, Southern Utah, UM-KC, and Rochester (non-D1) before league play begins. They could make the NCAA tournament this year and have a NC record of 4-9.

zagfan07
11-09-2010, 02:45 PM
Missouri says hi!

Shoot, you got me! That's what I get for trying to post something sarcastic without checking my facts...

KitsapZag
11-09-2010, 03:27 PM
CDC awarded this team as having the craziest schedule last year. I don't know how to make the link work; but the topic was:

OT - Arkansas-Pine Bluff is the 2009/10 winner of the CDC84 craziest schedule award

CDC84
11-09-2010, 03:37 PM
Well maybe Pine Pluff will make enough money so that someone else can win the award....

willandi
11-09-2010, 06:00 PM
Maybe they could have all walk-ons play those games, leave the schollie players at home. Then no damaged egos!!

:cheers::cheers::cheers:
Just like the thought of toasting with big beer steins!!

JLGutrocks
11-10-2010, 09:12 AM
The most brutal part is that "the road" actually means the road. they're on buses. ouch.