This year, however, we get Siena (66), Belmont (78), Florida St (on the road at 60 RPI), UMBC (88), in addition to the great Big East schedule. These are conference winners, teams returning four and five starters from 24 and 25 win teams, games on the schedule that will get us noticed at the end of the year. These are teams that will get our freshmen ready for the Big East, teams that will come in and give us a game, not flop over and die once we open up 8-point leads. This is before we get to the Legends Classic (not literally, it’s in the middle of the non-con), a showcase that will put us against two out of the following: Texas Tech (15-15 in the Big 12, RPI of 68), Washington St. (Sweet 16 team that will look better on the resume than they actually play this year after losing half their team), or Mississippi State, who went to the NCAA tournament after posting 22 wins in the SEC. If the rumors are correct, we’ll play TTU in the first round, then advance to play the winner of the other game. These are all teams that are very beatable, but will again look fantastic at the end of the year. Wins over quality BCS teams are fantastic to the NCAA Committee, and we’ll have plenty of them come March. I’ll take a peek at the conference schedule in a few more days, but be very excited for the games in November and December.