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It's not one game. We were without those guys for multiple games and worked our way into the NCAA tournament discussion. Your "excuse" holds no water.
Ok... you definitely dont understand how this all works. With those players, we are probably top 5 in the conference and are already firmly in the NCAA tournament. Without them we are where we are now. We lost games we should never have lost because of our lack of depth. Sure we won games that were tough and good for us because it shows the talent we have, but doesnt mean we wouldnt be even better without the loss of important players.
Also your word excuse is a massive misrepresentation of my point. Im not making an excuse about this season. Im simply pointing out that to compare our preseason goals with Abrams, Paul, fully healthy Rice and a semi decent Cosby is very different from the situation we faced. If you were to tell me where we would be if I knew about those problems I probably would have said borderline bubble team that will be fighting until the end as compared to top 5 team in the conference. Its not an excuse, its just the scenario. This has nothing to do with Groce, its a big picture view of the team and our season.