- Sep 9, 2015
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Which teams' nonconference schedules will help their NCAA tournament seeding come March? Which teams will wish they had added a marquee game or two?
ESPN: Non-conference schedules that help or hurt:
This isn't to call Iowa's schedule bad. There just isn't any game that pops other than that meeting against Virginia Tech in Charlotte on Nov. 9. The rest of the nonconference slate fails to provide any showcase games for Caitlin Clark. Kansas State, which beat Iowa last season, is a good opponent but a borderline top-25 team. And that's the Hawkeyes' second-best game.
It hurts the Hawkeyes that Iowa State is expected to be down after significant personnel losses. And while Drake, Cleveland State, Bowling Green and a possible matchup with Florida Gulf Coast are a good group of mid-majors, they don't move the NCAA tournament résumé needle.