But as long as you put those few on there, let’s put the whole non-con schedule on here:
53…FL Gulf Coast….5-4 (W)
There were plenty of opportunities for top 50 (2), top 100 (3 more, got 2) and top 150 (1 more) wins.
Don’t forget that ISU will still have 2 games against each of the following teams and 3 against at least one of them.
So of the 10 sub 150 teams (13+ games) ISU has to play 3 of them (6+ games)because they are in conference, play 1 of them as an instate “rivalry” game and played 2 others in a tournament for the chance to face two ranked and top 40 RPI teams.
Our home schedule has ALWAYS been horrible. They really punish us for buying season tickets!
I have been harping on the schedule for years now. Can anyone name the toughest team that we have played in the non-conference regular season in Hilton not named Iowa/Uni/Drake in the last 20 years?
Actually, name the top 5
Take care of business in the conference, like last year, and the non-con schedule won't matter, except for seeding purposes. At this point, I'm fine with just getting in.
ISU played at #11 BC in 01-02 but they weren't ranked the next year for the return game. I'm not sure how that is the scheduler's fault.
Dan Monson has done a great job with scheduling since he arrived. I put "the Beach" on that list because they play one of the toughest non-conference schedules every year and it has proven to help in making it to the NCAA tourney. LBSU made the tourney in 2007 and 2012 and has proven every year that they can play with the "big boys". My point is if we schedule tougher in the Non-Conference, then it will in turn not only help our RPI, but it will put our players in coaches in "tournament like" game situations, preparing us for the tougher task ahead of playing in the Big 12.
Virginia and BC are the only ones that really come to mind for me. OSU was in Des Moines so that does not count - had to buy seperate tix for that one too.
here's my question: who should ISU schedule to play in Hilton, and why would they agree to that? we're a no-name team nationally with a tough home court. no coach takes that deal. heck, home-home series are a dying breed. that's why these conference challenges are key - no way UNC goes to Indiana or Kentucky goes to Notre Dame.
I would prefer that ISU schedules what they think is best for their teams rather than catering to fans. Either you think the product is worth the price paid and you buy or you don't and you stay home. Take a look at how many ranked teams UNI or Drake host during their entire season each year and then gripe about what the ISU schedule offers.
Iowa State has multiple conference home games against ranked teams and they play a ranked Iowa team at home on average about every five years. The non-conference may not be great viewing, but it may be what the team needs. Again, if the conference games (and Iowa) are worth the price of a season ticket, buy it; if not, don't.
one other point - a quick list of teams this season that have likely already screwed themselves out of the tourney by scheduling too difficult given their talent level: WVU, Texas, Wisconsin, Florida St, Purdue, Villanova, USC, Washington, Arkansas.