Winners and losers of the women’s college basketball non-conference table

Controversy over schedule qualities usually doesn’t begin until February, when the spotlight begins to shine on the NCAA Championship selection process.

But why wait?

Non-conference schedules can create or break teams’ rankings or inclusion in the 68-team Championship Stadium. This made schedule building an art form. Programs need enough victories to get into the conversation for a tournament selection, but there must also be enough outstanding opponents to make those victories worth something. And it all starts with just the tips for the 2022-23 season on November 7.

Here’s a look at the shows the group had in November and December that’s supposed to help them (and prepare them) for March — and which teams might look back with some regret (or at least play a lower-than-usual schedule).

What teams have helped themselves the most with their schedule?

Yukon strongmen: One could argue that this table is very difficult. Do huskies carry a lot, especially now Big Bakers Will miss the season? Of course, Geno Auriemma would never agree with this theory. Playing the best to be the best is what UConn is trying to do this season. This is the highest non-conference schedule in the country, and it’s the kind of good schedule for sports.

With games against the Texas Longhorns, North Carolina Wolfpack, Duke Blue Devils and possibly the Iowa Hawkeyes (if they both make it to the November 27 championship game from Phil Knight Legacy in Portland, Oregon) all before the end of Thanksgiving weekend, both strongholds have The structure of the game is equivalent to the November NCAA tournament. Throw in the South Carolina Jamaicans, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Maryland Terrapins, Tennessee Lady Volunteers, Princeton Tigers and Florida State Seminoles, and UConn has a glove.

Up to seven of these opponents have Elite Eight capabilities. UConn lost four games outside the Big East last season but survived to reach the NCAA Championship title. This list of games is more stringent. Only results and husky dog ​​shows in March will tell us if it’s worth it.

Lady of Tennessee volumes: These aren’t exactly Bat Summit game days for anyone, anywhere, but Lady Vols will be tested regularly for the first couple of months. Dividends must be paid in March. They open the season with back-to-back games against Ohio State Buckeyes, Atlantic favorites UMass and Indiana Hoosiers, and then head straight to Battle 4 Atlantis November 19-21 in the Bahamas, where a potential finalist opponent could be Texas. Or the Louisville Cardinals. Tennessee also plays the Virginia Tech Hokies, Stanford Cardinal and UConn, giving the Lady Vols the best no-conference schedule of any team in the SEC and one worthy of the top seed.

Creighton Blue Jays: The seventh-seeded non-conference schedule is the biggest reason the Bluejays received a wide view and are ranked No. 10 in the NCAA Championship pre-season. They then made him an appearance in Elite Eight. With games in the South Dakota Coyotes, South Dakota Jackrabbits and Stanford, as well as games with the Arkansas Razorbacks and Nebraska Cornhuskers in Omaha, this list is even better. Two wins are among this group with expected success in the Big East and Creighton will be much better than the No. 10 seed this coming March.

Belmont Bruins: This is what scheduling an intermediate major non-conference should look like. Belmont is the favorite to win the Missouri Valley Conference in its first year in the league. If they get stuck in the conference course, the Bruins have quality games in the first couple of months to boost their overall resume. Belmont will host Louisville and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, visit Iowa and Georgia Lady Bulldogs, play the Villanova Wildcats, and possibly the Florida Baylor Bears at the Gulf Coast Show November 25-27. The Bruins are good enough to win any of those games. If they do, the NCAA Championship bid will arrive.

Ohio State Buckeyes: The Buckeyes didn’t play a single game without conferences against a team inside the NET Top 100 last season, but they capitalized on the Big Ten favorite to score 23-6 from the NCAA Championship. That’s why, even with a share of the regular-season Big Ten title, the Buckeyes only had the No. 6 seed. The success compared to this season’s schedule will have a much greater impact. The November 8 game with Tennessee in Columbus is one of the best matches of the first week. Louisville in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, plus the South Florida Bulls and either the Arkansas or Oregon Ducks at the San Diego Invitational are a much better preparation for the veteran Ohio State team.

Toledo Rockets: When does the 26-5 team that dominates the league fail to get a big show? When only one of those 26 wins comes against a team in the top 100 in the grid, and five of the nine games without conferences have been against teams outside the top 250. A poor schedule cost the Rockets a chance to play in the 2022 NCAA Championship. Coach Tricia Colup proved that out season. Some clunkers still exist, but Toledo added Duke and Michigan Wolverines to go with repeat games against the Missouri State Lady Bears and Dayton Flyers. That should help out massively should MAC’s regular season favorites falter in the Conference Championship again.

What are the teams’ schedules that could have been tougher?

Jamicox South Carolina: Gamecocks schedule is not bad. Maryland, Stanford, and Ocon are still there. This is not the usual no-conference list in South Carolina, which was at the top of the list in the country last year. The Gamecocks have such a high standard for scheduling that they haven’t quite reached it this season. It’s hard to see eastern Tennessee where there was NC last season, or the Memphis Tigers where there was a Duke.

Stanford Cardinal: The same goes for the cardinal. The non-conference schedule does not meet the program criteria this year. South Carolina and Tennessee are the only two top 10 teams Stanford will play all season, and the Cardinals don’t play a single game without conferences after December 20. This is a veteran group, and like South Carolina, the number one seed seems inevitable, but the tests in March aren’t exactly easy if the tests in November and December aren’t tough enough.

Notre Dame Irish Fighting: The Irish have grown into a veteran group that must have aspirations for the Elite Eight or beyond. However, the Irish have a much more determined schedule for a young team that is simply trying to build up confidence. Other than back-to-back competitions against Maryland and Yukon that begin in December, Notre Dame doesn’t play anyone outside of the resume-building acc. If the Irish go 0-2 in those games, the margin for error in a highly competitive ACC game gets small if they’re hoping for a high NCAA championship seed.

LSU Tigers: exciting vision Angel Race He wears a Tiger uniform due to the fact that LSU does not play a marquee game until January 30th when Tennessee visits the Maravich Center. The best game without Tiger conferences is a meeting with the Oregon State Beavers in Maui a week before Christmas. LSU’s chances of getting the top seed depend on the SEC roster which is also lacking, with only one match each for Lady Vols and South Carolina.

Virginia Tech Hawkeyes: The Hokies schedule will likely be over, or close to, by then Ashley Oso And the Taylor Solly to Blacksburg, but that does not alleviate the disappointment. Potential #1 All-America Elizabeth Keatley, who leads what would be a top-10 team, could use more of a show than just a visit to Tennessee and host Nebraska. Games against the Kentucky Wildcats and the Missouri Tigers in the Bahamas are not as attractive as they were a year ago.

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