- Home Non-Conference:
Georgia Tech - RPI 148
Gardner-Webb - RPI 196
Lipscomb - RPI 237
Western Carolina - RPI 247
Wofford - RPI 249
Appy State - RPI 267
UT-Chattanooga - RPI 291
Colorado - RPI 37
George Washington - RPI 144
Davidson (1st Round Charleston Classic) - RPI 62
Clemson or Temple (2nd Round Charleston Classic) - Temple 41 / Clemson 181
TBD (3rd Round Charleston Classic)
Barring a quality final opponent at home....and without UK or Florida at home this year due to the SEC's expansion, we almost certainly have the worst home slate in the modern era of the program (aka...since Durham was hired).
On the bright side, there are nine winnable games there plus two more depending on how the Charleston bracket evolves and the 13th opponent. Going 10-3 or 11-2 against this murder's row will mean that Fox would only need to win 5 or 6 games in the SEC to break .500 for only the second time in five years.
With 10 or 11 non-conference wins, Fox would probably need to go 9-9 again in the SEC to make the NIT. Without Caldwell-Pope, you may think that's too much to ask. However, the SEC had six teams last year with an RPI of 99 or lower. It's very doable. In fact, 8-10 in the league with a win in the SEC Tourney might be enough to get us to the NIT with 20 total wins.
With an NIT trip, I think McGarity keeps Fox.