Originally Posted by Assembly Hall
I cant disagree with alot of what you said there Hoosier Red. I too would say last years team under-achieved and this years team over-achieved only on expectation levels.
I too would say that sweet sixteens are a measuring stick, as well as B1G regular season or tournament championships.
I dont know how old you are Hoosier Red, but let me ask you these questions.
What were IU fans expectations in 76?
What were IU fans expectations in 81?
What were IU fans expectations in 93?
The fact of the matter is that barring defections and early entries IU will return all 5 starters back from a pretty successful team. If and I say if all 5 starters return it would be only natural to expect a step above what they did this year.
I'm not quite old enough to rememeber '76 or '81. I remember the '87 Natl Championship where we were all cheering for IU because they went through Cincinnati. The first game I saw at THE Assembly Hall I was cheering for the Cincinnati Bearcats in 1993. I remember thinking at the time as I watched from the balcony, "Wow, they sure give opposing fans some terrible seats." Little did I know that those terrible seats were only available because it was Christmas break and I'd be sitting in those seats 4 years later.
My point to this is that because I've pretty much only known "IU Basketball: The mediocre years" I'm probably not the person to ask.
And despite my protests for restraint, in my heart of hearts I'd be disappointed if they don't go further next year then this year. But my overall point is that exactly because it's natural to expect more from next year's team than this year's team, we should always keep the long view in mind. In the tournament especially, upsets happen, even if IU's better next year than this year, they may not necessarily go further. But over the course of 5-10 years, if you are consistently putting yourself in position, that will eventually even out.
I remember last spring Joe Morgan said something I found really interesting when he was talking about the Reds. He said something along the lines of how difficult it was for a young team to understand they weren't starting at 90 wins(the total from 2010.) They were starting at 0. IU's team may start next season in the top 5, in fact if everyone comes back I'd be surprised if they don't. But they're still 0-0. They haven't defeated the 2012-2013 version of UK, tOSU, tMSU, or Michigan. They haven't even defeated the 2012-2013 version of tPSU.