Rhode Island basketball has a hell of a non-conference schedule to navigate in 2017-18. But they’re not the only ones with tough sledding early on.
In case you haven’t been keeping up, Rhody has a fantastic non-conference schedule for 2017-18. And a part of that is due to how well their opponents are scheduling as well. A bunch of URI’s non-conference opponents play in extremely competitive, resume-building conferences. For the sake of this article, I will be noting the notable non-conference opponents for each of these teams.
Teams on Rhode Island’s non-conference schedule and quality teams that they scheduled (in no particular order):
Providence – The Friars scheduled Minnesota and Belmont. Also, they could play Virginia Tech in the second round of the 2K Classic.
Brown – The Bears scheduled Providence and Northwestern.
Holy Cross – The Crusaders scheduled Harvard and Iona. Also, they could play Towson in the second round of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.
Alabama – The Crimson Tide scheduled Louisiana Tech, UCF, Arizona, and Texas. Also, they play Memphis in the first round of the Veterans Classic, as well as playing BYU and Minnesota in the Barclays Center Classic.
Iona – The Gales scheduled Syracuse and St. John’s. Also, they play in the Island of the Bahamas Showcase.
Florida Gulf Coast – The Eagles scheduled Illinois State, Middle Tennessee State, UT-Arlington, and Wichita State.
Charleston – The Cougars scheduled Wichita State.
Seton Hall (NIT Tip-Off first-round matchup) – The Pirates scheduled Monmouth, Indiana, Texas Tech, Louisville, and VCU. Also, they could play Virginia or Vanderbilt in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament.
Virginia (possible NIT Tip-Off second-round matchup) – The Cavaliers scheduled VCU, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Also, they play Vanderbilt in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament and they could play Seton Hall in the second round.
Vanderbilt (possible NIT Tip-Off second-round matchup) – The Commodores scheduled Belmont, UNC-Asheville, USC, Kansas, Middle Tennessee State, and Arizona State. Also, they play Virginia in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament and they could play Seton Hall in the second round.
UNC-Asheville – The Bulldogs scheduled Vanderbilt, Monmouth, Clemson, and Saint Mary’s.
Nevada – The Wolfpack scheduled UC Irvine and Texas Tech. Also, they play Illinois State in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge, as well as playing TCU in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic and playing San Francisco in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.