Just adding on what Brad was talking about, but here is Idaho State's non-conference schedule and where everyone ended up....it's unreal. Note in the non-conference schedule only ONE team finished below .500 (Hawai'i, despite 18 home games...yikes). Also, Idaho State went from November 29 to December 29, exactly one calendar month, where every team they played eventually qualified for the postseason. The non-conference record for ISU's opponents was a staggering 291-156 (a .651 winning percentage). The average record of ISU's non-conference opponents is currently 21-11 ... yeesh. Remember, these guys are still playing too....
Eastern Oregon (25-8) -- Lost is quarterfinals of NAIA Tournament Hawai'i (13-17) -- No Postseason Boise State (19-12) -- CBI at Stanford (18-13) Long Beach State (15-15) No Postseason Brigham Young (25-7) -- NCAA 8-seed vs. Texas A&M (23-9) Washington State (17-15) -- NIT 7-seed at St. Mary's (26-6) Utah (24-9) -- NCAA 5-seed vs. Arizona (19-13) Wisconsin (19-12) -- NCAA 12-seed vs. Florida State (25-9) Green Bay (22-10) -- CBI hosting Vermont (23-8) Utah State (30-4) -- NCAA 11-seed vs. Marquette (24-9) Arizona State (24-9) -- NCAA 6-seed vs. Temple (22-11) Nevada (21-12) -- CBI hosting UTEP (19-12) Idaho (16-15) -- CollegeInsider Tournament hosting Drake (17-15) Kansas State (21-11) -- NIT #4 seed hosting Illinois State (24-9)
and of course.... Portland State (23-9) -- NCAA 13-seed vs. Xavier (25-7) Weber State (21-9) -- NIT 8-seed at San Diego State (23-9)
So the final tally is that ISU played against 14 non-conference opponents, and 12 of them made the postseason. All told, ISU played 23 different opponents, with 14 of them making the postseason, but 12 of 14 non-conference opponents means Idaho State truly did have the nation's toughest non-conference schedule....I'm calling it. Here's my question though....where is Montana? Really...17-12, they couldn't get into the CBI or the CollegeInsider? With that fan base? And Idaho got a home game? Double really? Really really???
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