Nearly all 351 Division I teams have released their non-conference schedules, so naturally, the discussion of best non-conference games for the 2016-17 season is well underway.
That got us (ok, just me) thinking: what are some mid-major home-and-homes that you’re dying to see?
So, we put the question out there on the Twitters, and here’s what you all came up with. Have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments.
Assuming Cameron isn’t looking for the Lumberjacks to play some Wichita/VCU hybrid team, we are, of course on board with this. Anything that pits the top mid-majors in the country against each other gets our full support. Plus, SFA could really use a few tough games on the schedule. The Southland isn’t exactly one of the premiere basketball conferences in the country.
Yes, we know, the Big East isn’t a mid-major (but please tell Big East Coast Bias that it is. It’s fun to make them mad). But who wouldn’t want to see two old Missouri Valley rivals get back together? Both teams have rabid fan bases, are usually good and don’t get near the attention they deserve. Given that the campuses are just a few hours apart, there’s no reason not to make this happen.
@mid_madness UAB v Saint Louis. Great Midwest glory days. They've played 24 times since 1978.— The Daily Dragon (@The_DailyDragon) September 29, 2016
Speaking of former conference rivals, why not get the Blazers and Billikens back together? UAB is coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons and Saint Louis seems headed back in the right direction with Travis Ford at the helm. Bonus: UAB is going Under Armour and as much as I prefer the Swoosh, I can GUARANTEE they will do something crazy with the Blazers’ dragon logo. Sign us up.
@mid_madness WKU & Gonzaga... especially once Stansbury gets it rolling— Ross Shircliffe (@RossShircliffe) September 29, 2016
Gimme gimme gimme! This would be a good idea anyway, but now that Rick Stansbury is doing insane recruiting things at WKU, this could be a primetime matchup. E.A. Diddle Arena has flown under the radar as one of the toughest places to play in the nation, but that may soon come to an end. A Hilltopper win over a national opponent could be what finally makes the college basketball world take notice.
@mid_madness Monmouth/Princeton— A Daly Dose Of Hoops (@DalyDoseOfHoops) September 29, 2016
Of course our friends from A Daly Dose of Hoops have a bunch of New York-centric suggestions, and as a bonus, they’re all happening this year IRL. My favorite: Monmouth-Princeton. Outside of Seton Hall, these are the two best basketball programs in New Jersey, and both will challenge for NCAA Tournament bids in 2016-17. This game takes place on Dec. 20 in West Long Branch and it should be a great one.
Nah, we’re good.