That's true AH, however part of what makes fans expectations swing back and forth are how a team performs in a given year.
I think last year's team underperformed relative to the talent level. I think this year's team probably overperformed, if not to the talent level, at least to everyone's expectations.
That's why I try not to set expectations of any particular round in the tournament beyond the sweet 16. IMO the best way to measure greatness is more through consistency. How many B1G Ten championships and Sweet 16's. Once you get to that point, the talent difference is likely much smaller and it can depend on matchups and luck and a number of other factors that to pin expectations on any one year is likely to only lead to disappointment.
I'm admittedly a lower bar to clear, but it leaves room for the team to exceed my expectation level.