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06-05-2018, 09:03 PM

06-06-2018, 07:22 AM
Thanks for posting Bud's informative column! Helpful stuff!

06-06-2018, 11:14 AM
Enough preamble. Right now, Gonzaga has four opponents from Power Five leagues, with the possibility that could rise to six or seven with yet-undetermined Maui opponents.

I was a little surprised to discover that twice in the last decade, Gonzaga has faced eight Power Five opponents in the regular season -- and in 2008, actually did that, plus Connecticut, Utah (which was still in the Mountain West) and Memphis. It also faced eight Power Fives in the regular season in 2012-13, when it made its first foray to a No. 1 ranking.

What does appear to be possible about the 2018-19 schedule is that it could be unprecedented at GU for high-end opponents. Tennessee and North Carolina are top-shelf, and the prospect is also there for one or two more likely top-10 opponents in Maui in Auburn and Duke. Combine all that with Washington -- being mentioned by some as a contender to win the Pac-12 -- and there’s a lot of heavy lifting.

Good read, thanks for the link

06-06-2018, 05:12 PM
I recall a few years ago when we had what appeared to be a strong OOC schedule and then a bunch of the "name" opponents underachieved which diluted the value of those games and the corresponding RPI for GU.