SkeeterJeff wrote:Well IU played Purdue solid the entire game and came up just a bit short. If this team continues to improve and finds it consistency, it may just make the big dance. Cautiously optimistic!!
I tend to be overly optimistic, but I can only see three more games (Illinois & Minny at home and Rutgers out there) on the schedule that should
be wins. I have a hard time seeing them beat OSU here or there and MSU here. Nebraska there and Iowa there are toss ups. I can see the Iowa game being a win easier than I can the Nebraska game. Let's say they split those games, that puts them at 9-9 in the conference. They still have the ISU and IPFW losses hanging over their heads. I don't think close, but no cigar against Duke and Purdue will get them much, so they'll have to win a couple of games in the B1G tournament. Hartman being out for the next couple of weeks (at best) doesn't do them any favors. I suppose any time you get into the tournament is a good thing, but I'm not sure if a couple of home games in the NIT might not be better for this group. I guess in the long the that the experience of going on the road and playing in a pressure situation like the NCAA tournament would bode well for the young guys and it would look good for Archie to make the tournament with a group that wasn't his groceries.
I do agree that the team has shown improvement as the season has gone along and they are making due with not much interior size. Juwan Morgan has played himself into the B1G player of the year conversation, but I'm sure that will go to someone from one of the top three teams.
I like what I am seeing as Archie gets more of his system in place. Hopefully after he gets a couple of classes of his guys we will start seeing better returns. I hope he gets Romeo, but I figure he's one and done, so he'll only be a one-year boost. His coming to IU will be more important as a figure than it will be to the program's long-term success.