Personally, I agree. This team has yet to show they have the mental toughness to handle it and still play inspired basketball. Hopefully that comes, but in the mean time I’d rather they feel disrespected and have a chip on their shoulder. Some will scoff, but it worked for Jordan.Would be a negative. While I expect to finish the Non Con correctly, I hope we are not ranked going into B1G play.
Hopefully I hope they are mature enough to realize rankings while exciting and fun really mean diddly right now. I remember us beating Magic and MSU and being 16 or 17 and 0 and not even making the dance. Take one game at a time, play hard, smart avoid injuries and worry about rankings you have earned in March.4 points in the Coaches Poll today. I wonder what being ranked would do to this teams psyche?
Agreed, I want this team to hear loud and clear that a win over Michigan doesn't mean much, they still have work to do just to get back to where people thought they should be at the start of the season, let alone to get where this team believed it should be at the start of the season. So much work left to do.Personally, I agree. This team has yet to show they have the mental toughness to handle it and still play inspired basketball. Hopefully that comes, but in the mean time I’d rather they feel disrespected and have a chip on their shoulder. Some will scoff, but it worked for Jordan.
I would think the schedule will make it very tough. By my count we have 5 more weeks with only 1 game. If he doesn't win any of those (which he certainly could but will likely be tougher) he has to win all the other weeks to break the record (can miss 1 and still tie).Wow. Wonder if Kofi can break Sullinger's record.
If we still have a NET of 32 following the BTT, does that guarantee us an invite to the Dance?Someone posted in the NBA draft thread that Kofi is not doing much better statistically than other top BIGs in the conference, but he seems like more of a load than any bigs we've faced on AZ or MI. 4 of 6 FotW awards is testimony enough.
Was hoping to put up a thread on our tourney resume, but somehow I lost my thread posting privileges. Opps, not sure what I might have done. Anyway, without researching everything, I think we're in better shape than most posters have said. Our overall SOS is weak, but we don't have any terrible losses (Miami is obviously our worst, with a NET ranking of 89). AZ and MD are excellent near-certain tourney teams. Michigan gives us a top-25 win. Our NET ranking is a very respectable 32. We seem to be getting better, and I'm hopeful we can win a game or two on the road.
The thing I find most interesting, though, is what a wide open year this is. There isn't a dominant team in the entire country. If you use Kenpom stats, the top team(s) are typically +30 points better than an average D1 team. OSU is the top team currently, and it's weaker than any #1 in any year in the Kenpom era. For reference, our 2005 team was +32.68, and the North Carolina team that beat them for the national championship was +32.77. The top 10 this year start at +21.36 for Purdue up to OSU at +27.04. Should be the craziest year in a long time.
Thanks for posting the table. Finish non-con 8-2 (linden wood doesnt count), and then go .500 in conference while avoiding losses to NW and Nebraska; 18-12. That’s bubble territory with a heavy lean on being in based on strength of schedule and conference, imo.
Only 5 times has a team had an RPI of 32 or better and missed the tournament.If we still have a NET of 32 following the BTT, does that guarantee us an invite to the Dance?