jbock13 wrote: ↑November 13th, 2021, 8:09 am
Few teams want to play us.
Lose to us and it looks bad.
Beat us and nobody cares.
That’s the way they see it anyway. We’re very lucky to get the games with LSU and Missouri. That’s also why we play in in-season tournaments. Few teams want a buy game with a team that can beat them.
This is spot on, except for the part about "lucky". The Missouri game is part of a package with the tournament where we played them at their place last year, and is a result of Ritchie's strategy to schedule as many in-season tournaments as possible to fill the schedule. I think the games we have gotten with LSU may be at least partially a result of the relationship both Wade and McKay have with Kyle Getter as well as our playing VCU when Wade was there. While those are the only 2 high major games that show on the schedule, there is a possibility of picking up one or more in the Daimond Head tournament, where Stanford would be our likely opponent if we get bye N. Iowa, and BYU and Vandy are also in the field.
It certainly looks like we will have more quality opponents in conference once we begin C-USA play. I think we are also getting close to the "tipping point" in terms of how our program is perceived. I believe we are already considered a "good win", and are not far from no longer being a "bad loss".