Tonight, while I was in the midst of doing my typical routine of disregarding law school homework because I got sucked down a mid-major basketball rabbit hole, I stumbled upon an interesting graphic charting college basketball teams based on their non-conference strength of schedule and their Kenpom rank. It’s worth taking a look at:
Non-conference strength of schedule (average opponent KenPom rank) by team. Potential late round tourney matchups not included.— Jordan Sperber (@hoopvision68) October 29, 2019
Kansas leads the way (among high-majors) for the second year in a row: pic.twitter.com/C0I8CDYr93
Naturally, my eyes were drawn to the outliers, with the New Orleans Privateers standing out in particular. This is largely due to their non-conference strength of schedule being tougher than that of any other team as well as their relatively low Kenpom rank.
Thus, the following tweet was sent out:
That was until, as I was nestled snugly into bed, notifications started popping up. Mark Slessinger, head coach of the New Orleans men’s basketball team (and 2017 Southland Conference Champion) had found the post as well as the reply gif feature.
And boy was it something special, as the coach laid out wait was really kind of a nice, motivational bedtime story:
Our feelings going into the season pic.twitter.com/u2oyrXp30q— Coach Slessinger (@CoachSless) October 30, 2019
Definitely always looking for more pic.twitter.com/dWZdqeiy57— Coach Slessinger (@CoachSless) October 30, 2019
Some think it is only about... pic.twitter.com/en40E5ZA2W— Coach Slessinger (@CoachSless) October 30, 2019
But it is always a battle for pic.twitter.com/gY6hyhFUFT— Coach Slessinger (@CoachSless) October 30, 2019
Even though on some nights with a schedule like this you will feel like pic.twitter.com/A65wUjA5g9— Coach Slessinger (@CoachSless) October 30, 2019