The art of nonconference scheduling

Originally Published: May 29, 2012
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

The NCAA tournament at-large bid campaigns start long before the first tip in November.

Those campaigns take form in the art of nonconference scheduling, an often-complicated process that can go back years or not be finalized until mere months before the season.

Some of the nonconference games have been known for years, as teams jockey for exclusive positions in some of the most celebrated tournaments.

A few are longstanding series that guarantee teams a marquee opponent at ...

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