I was hoping for a bit more wow factor from the South Carolina tournament. Ball State is solid and Air Force is formidable. I guess my mind went to Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, or The Citadel. Typically Iowa would have another road non conference series. I wonder if Merrimack and CMU at home back to back is due to the pandemic funding stuff?
Overall though, the schedule presents opportunities and stumbling blocks. Having the series @ Nebraska And vs Indiana late in the year is pretty big. It seems the last five years or so the last couple non conference series are ones that kill your tournament hopes if you lose.