This time of year is the great speculation of what kind of basketball schedule is going to be in store for next year. Each year the talk at the Bluejay Cafe is why Creighton doesn’t schedule certain games and that they want home games but can’t get anyone to play there, etc. etc. Bruce Rassmussen the Creighton Athletic director has mentioned several times that Creighton would like to play x number of home games and finding the right type of teams and schedule is important. Well, checking out Basketball Travelers today there are several potential “good games” that are available with teams begging to go on the road. The question is always, why doesn’t it work out? Well here are theses potential games that are out there as of the first part of May and why I think they would be good:
Iowa State University-Mens
Dates: 12/29/2008 to 12/31/2008
H/H series starting on the road in 2008.
Contact: Ron Smith, 515-294-9342
Date Posted: 05/07/2008
Last Updated: 05/07/2008
Ok, so our friend, “The Wookie”–Greg McDermott a former UNI coach is heading up the Cyclones. I know he has several Valley teams because of the whole Iowa thing, but they do want to start on the road and it is not that far away. With gas so high in price, wouldn’t be good for them to play closer to home?
Dates: 11/01/2008 to 11/01/2008
Need two home and home series. One at home and one on the road.
Contact: Ronnie Arrow, 251-460-7353
Date Posted: 04/27/2008
Last Updated: 05/06/2008
South Alabama is a school in a lower level league, but a consistent NCAA Tournament team. Why not an opportunity to notch a win against a potential NCAA Tournament team?
Dates: 11/01/2008 to 11/01/2008
Looking to start a H/H series the following Dates: 12/1 or 12/2, 12/16 – 12/18. Willing to start on the road!!!
Contact: John Rhodes, (740)593-1200
Date Posted: 05/01/2008
Last Updated: 05/01/2008
Ohio was a pretty solid team last year that faltered down the stretch, but playing a MAC team is somewhat a decent thing, especially since Creighton has had problems with the likes of Kent State in the past. It would be a good “Midwest” game.
Dates: 11/17/2008 to 01/07/2009
Looking to start two home/home series, 1 on the road and 1 at home. Available Dates in November and December.
Contact: Sheldon Everett, 803-777-0544
Date Posted: 05/12/2008
Last Updated: 05/12/2008
It is not that often that a BCS school will willingly advertise that they want to go on the road. Well, SEC team South Carolina wants to. This would be a fun game just because of the whole BCS team thing. Maybe not the best SEC team, but at least it looks good on a NCAA resume.
U.S. Air Force Academy-Mens
Dates: 11/18/2008 to 12/31/2008
Need home games, guarantees available or start a series @ Air Force & return in 2009-10, also willing to start a series on the road
Contact: Dave Pilipovich, 719.333.3519
Date Posted: 02/25/2008
Last Updated: 05/08/2008
Air Force has been pretty consistent over the years and really the distance between the two schools isn’t too bad. Again, another gas situation.
Dates: 11/29/2008 to 12/23/2008
Nevada is in search of a series to begin on the road either November 29, December 9, 22 or 23.
Contact: Zac Claus, 775-682-6949
Date Posted: 05/05/2008
Last Updated: 05/14/2008
And finally, how about playing a series with Nevada? A re-match of the first round of the NCAA tournament matchup a couple of years ago. If I remember correctly, I think I remember coach Fox telling Matt Perrault when they were talking about the NCAA Tournament matchup about willing to play Creighton in a regular season series in the future. Time to put up or shut up in my opinion.
So, if anyone has any influence and thinks these are possible situations, I’d jump on it. The more experience the Jays get on the court with seasoned teams, the better they are prepared for the NCAA Tournament. And isn’t that the ultimate goal?