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I have two podcasts to share with you this morning. The first is a new endeavor with Rock M Nation's Sam Snelling that will be a weekly effort called Paint Touches, the other the first episode of Assembly Call's Andy Bottoms' Bracketology.fm podcast, where I was lucky enough to be the first guest.
With the season approaching, I feature in two podcasts that will help you look forward to the 2016-17 campaign.
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It's been a while since I previewed an early season event, so here's a post about the various on-campus round-robin tournaments scheduled for the first few weeks of the season. Tomorrow, I'll be back with a preview of some of the most confusing events on the college basketball calendar.
There are 13 four-team, single-site events on the docket for this season's opening weeks. Most of these will take place on campus, though a trio are set for neutral sites. All of them feature a significant mid-major presence.
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After a surprising 2015-16 season that saw the Pac-12 Conference haul in seven NCAA bids, expectations are high for a repeat. However, some of the conferences' contenders didn't exactly step up in the non-conference scheduling department.
Based on some of these slates, a few likely contenders will have to work extra hard during conference play for the Pac-12 to equal 2016's total of 7 bids this coming March.
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Last season, November and December scheduling led to March troubles for a few Big Ten teams. After analyzing 2016's early slates, it looks like a repeated problem could be in the offing.
In 2016, Indiana was underseeded, Ohio State missed the NCAAs, and Northwestern didn't even reach the NIT field, all thanks to some poor early season scheduling choices. Heading into 2017, it appears some conference members didn't learn their lesson.
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As you'd expect Kansas is the head of the Big 12 class in the non-conference scheduling department. But much like last year, a few teams have left themselves with extra work to do in conference in the event they don't want to be held back on Selection Sunday. 
This season's 10 slates look rather similar to those of 2015-16, which is good news for Kansas, but might leave Texas Tech and West Virginia needing to work hard during league play.
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Once again, the Atlantic 10 Conference has multiple NCAA bids in its collective sights, with its contenders lining up quality non-conference slates for the 2016-17 season. In particular, Davidson, Saint Joseph's, and Rhode Island have all lined up standout non-league slates.
The Atlantic 10 should once again find itself in position to earn multiple NCAA bids, thanks to some strong work by its contenders in the November and December scheduling department.
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If your favorite team is playing 30 or 31 games this season, it's involved in a multi-team event. But it might not be an actual tournament. It may not even be labeled on your team's schedule. If this is the case, this post will help clear things up.
If team has 30 or 31 games lined up and they're not in a traditional tournament, they're probably in an event like this, even if it's not called out on the schedule.
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In recent seasons, the Southeastern Conference has lagged behind its power conference rivals in non-conference scheduling and, ultimately, earning at-large bids. That looks to be changing this season.
The conference has become known for low at-large bid hauls, but some improved scheduling across the board aims to rectify that.
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Several Mountain West Connection writers contributed to Blogging The Bracket's analysis of Mountain West non-conference schedules, which details the difficult path the 11 teams will face to get the league back among the ranks of the multi-bid conferences.

Last season, the conference failed to earn multiple bids for the NCAA Tournament for just the second time. Based on these slates, a repeat performance is likely.
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Of all of the teams in the top six conferences, the Xavier Musketeers head into the 2016-17 season with the most difficult non-conference schedule. Yes, the last team listed in my BIG EAST review is truly first.

Many of SB Nation's Big East bloggers contributed to this piece, which features a look at the 10 squads' November and December slates. Xavier will have to prepare for a gauntlet, while the defending National Champs should have an easier go of things.
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Some publications are projecting that two-thirds of the Atlantic Coast Conference's 15 members will make the field of 68 this season. But after you examine the league's non-conference schedules, you might find that total is a tad optimistic. 
The conference hopes for a record haul of NCAA bids this season, but while teams like Clemson and Pitt upped their scheduling games to help their chances, others managed to shrink their margin for error.
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The first of my 10 conference/group schedule analyses focuses on the American Athletic Conference. Out of the 11 slates I analyzed, Temple, UConn, and Tulsa lead the way in quality.
The 11-member league's traditional basketball powers—UConn, Temple, and Cincinnati—set themselves up for March success. The same can't be said for the teams playing in the shadow of King Football, like NCAA hopeful Houston.
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