1. Better Non-Conference schedule than years past. Purdue (home), Arizona (home), and Gonzaga (Old Spice Classic) should all help the RPI.
2. I like playing SC after solid tuneups against Gonzaga and Purdue. At least we will be battle tested against top tier competition.
3. Four games against the consensus top 3 in the conference - NCSU (2x), Duke (away), UNC (home)