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You're correct. They're not on the phone looking for better matchups to replace the "Browns and Niagras (sic)". They're on the phones trying to fill out the remainder of their schedules. A few years ago the Bona scheduler, in response to complaints from certain fans, answered a number of their questions. He noted that they had contacted well in excess of 300 D1 schools. You can bet that most of the MVC schools were on that list. How many schools they actually negotiated with I do not know as he pointed out that many simply never responded to his initial and any subsequent contacts. When we get to the point of not having to schedule Gannon and the like, we can worry about how to replace Canisius.
Well in excess of 300 DI schools suggests that he contacted essentially every DI school, when you consider that there are 347 DI schools and they already had the 4 regional games on the schedule and that he did not contact any A10 schools or himself. That's impressive!
 

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It might have been a single email to a comprehensive group list put together by some poor intern, but I believe him.
 

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As you well know from a couple of Bandwagon-poster experts in the college basketball scheduling business, the approach you describe is just not creative or aggressive enough.
Haha. That's great.

Yeah, the reasons schools like Bonas can't fill out their schedule with buy games they'll win...

1. How much it costs to buy opponents, pay for their travel and get them to come. Look at the Big Ten buy games. They play the best teams from bad leagues... teams that are going to be 18-12 by going 14-4 in conference and 4-8 OOC. The Bonnies could afford teams that will be like 9-22 and make their OOC look weak.

2. That opponent has to be willing to come and play a tough road game, which most are not to do a one-off, they want a return game to fill THEIR schedules.

3. Even if you find people willing to meet those criteria, that means they'd be willing to do that for not just us, but 150 other schools, who might be closer, fit their schedule better, be easier to beat, or offer more money.

4. And then both of you have to have the same date open.
 

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Every school wants to schedule 9-10 wins ooc every year. The big schools budget the money for a certain number of "buy" games. These games are carefully chosen. They look for teams that won't expect a return game, and teams that are middle of the pack or better in their leagues, but not one of those Mid Major powers, as not be a threat to win, but also to not be an absolute drag on their sos. The pecking order even extends up into the P5 level. When the B10 and ACC play their challenge, don't expect to see Duke being scheduled to play at Minnesota. Even at our level, we're guilty of it. Bona has difficulty scheduling, but I'm sure they have little interest in calling up schools like St. Francis (Pa), and offering a home and home, which would be quickly accepted. Duquesne went to great lengths to avoid playing any road games, or any games that would require a return trip next year, without having to schedule a bunch of the absolute dregs of D1. This approach cost them a lot of money, which to their credit, they were willing to spend. They paid the teams that didn't require a return game, then they paid to get invited to those tournaments where they could play neutral court games against decent teams like Indiana St., and UAB, schools that would never come to Pittsburgh without the Dukes coming to their place. It's a crazy game.
 

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Haha. That's great.

Yeah, the reasons schools like Bonas can't fill out their schedule with buy games they'll win...

1. How much it costs to buy opponents, pay for their travel and get them to come. Look at the Big Ten buy games. They play the best teams from bad leagues... teams that are going to be 18-12 by going 14-4 in conference and 4-8 OOC. The Bonnies could afford teams that will be like 9-22 and make their OOC look weak.

2. That opponent has to be willing to come and play a tough road game, which most are not to do a one-off, they want a return game to fill THEIR schedules.

3. Even if you find people willing to meet those criteria, that means they'd be willing to do that for not just us, but 150 other schools, who might be closer, fit their schedule better, be easier to beat, or offer more money.

4. And then both of you have to have the same date open.
Bona played 4 home games against Division 1 teams OOC. Wouldn’t it be better to take those buy games that are affordable and ignore the quality of the opponent yet play 7 home games? The Buffalo H&H isn’t bad and it wouldn’t hurt to take a buy game or two from a P5.
 

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Bona played 4 home games against Division 1 teams OOC. Wouldn’t it be better to take those buy games that are affordable and ignore the quality of the opponent yet play 7 home games? The Buffalo H&H isn’t bad and it wouldn’t hurt to take a buy game or two from a P5.
1. It WOULD hurt to take a buy game at a P5 school. We are 1-18 in our last 19 OOC true road games at P5 schools. Before winning at Syracuse, our previous win was so long ago, it wasn't P5, it was the BCS and Virginia Tech wasn't in it yet.

2. Yes, we would be better off for our own resume and the conference resume if instead of home/homes with Siena, Niagara, Canisius... we played 3 random teams from the dregs of D-I at home (AND WON). It would make the A-10 SOS better. They'd be easier games because there'd be no rivalry at stake. And we might be 10-3 instead of 8-5. Losses to Canisius, Niagara and/or Siena are not going to look good on a bubble resume.

Again, the problem is:
A. paying to buy those opponents to come here.
B. finding someone willing to accept what offer we can make
C. having mutual dates open.

Not sure why we aren't pummeling Colgate every year like Syracuse does.
 

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Not sure why we aren't pummeling Colgate every year like Syracuse does.
A few reasons. One, as you say, they are already getting pummeled by Syracuse. And this year by Clemson and Auburn, all buy games well in excess of what Bona could offer. They also played at Cincinnati. Not sure they ever need another buy game at Bona rates. The other problem with pummeling Colgate is that at the moment it would be a dead pick 'em game on a neutral court. Play them at their place in front of their 452 fans and you're a 3 pt. dog.
 

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A few reasons. One, as you say, they are already getting pummeled by Syracuse. And this year by Clemson and Auburn, all buy games well in excess of what Bona could offer. They also played WON at Cincinnati. Not sure they ever need another buy game at Bona rates. The other problem with pummeling Colgate is that at the moment it would be a dead pick 'em game on a neutral court. Play them at their place in front of their 452 fans and you're a 3 pt. dog.
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A few reasons. One, as you say, they are already getting pummeled by Syracuse. And this year by Clemson and Auburn, all buy games well in excess of what Bona could offer. They also played at Cincinnati. Not sure they ever need another buy game at Bona rates. The other problem with pummeling Colgate is that at the moment it would be a dead pick 'em game on a neutral court. Play them at their place in front of their 452 fans and you're a 3 pt. dog.
Just curious, res. How did Colgate fare when they played at Cincinnati?
 

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I fully acknowledge that URI and Brown have played a million times since the game of basketball was invented, its a local rivalry, all that. So my normal "why is this A10 team playing that non-con team on the road" has to be tempered with these facts.

That said, do Ram fans feel like the Brown series is a benefit to the program and it should continue to be played? I have no idea, just asking. Does it have so much sentimental value that even results like that dont get some to re-consider the series? If Brown were located in Boston or Philly, would URI even give Brown the time of day? Barring some extenuating circumstances (and this might be one of those), no A10 team should ever play an Ivy League team on the road except if Fordham is playing Columbia.

Tough to win on the road. But gotta think Ram fans thought this one was in the bag. I did too.
Needed to comment on this one after being away for a bit.

UMass should 100% continue to play Harvard H&H moving forward. Not sure you were counting Harvard in there though since they're not much of a typical Ivy and tend to be at least a decently respected team/won't be a drag on the SOS. Granted, we should probably win more often in the series, but it's one that should continue.
 
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