If all players return and all newcomers qualify … Are you expecting improvement on 26 wins and an 8 seed? Are you OK with taking a small step back to, say, 24 wins and an 11 seed? We have 6 seniors next season, so are you expecting next season to be a peak season?
Personally, I think we probably take a small step back … but certainly hope not. Would love to take even a step forward next season.
Their nonconference schedule has the potential to have some heavy hitters depending on the draws in the Phil Knight Invitational. Add in the Minnesota game (they’re being talked about as a Top 25 team) and a deeper SEC and they can have a killer RPI assuming the rest of the nonconference schedule is similar to this year’s. I wouldn’t be shocked if the more difficult schedule is reflected in their record and they’re around 19-21 wins in the regular season. If they get to 24 again, then that’s probably a tremendous success.
I tend to think they’ll make the tourney, but I wouldn’t be just completely shocked if they didn’t. I do think that if they gel come March and the young guys progress, they could make some noise.
Not expecting it but would also be cool if we got to play West Virginia as part of the SEC - Big 12 Challenge. They had a home game and we had a road game this year. Would be sweet to be paired up with them and have two high-tempo pressing teams play each other.
That does not jive. South Carolina and Alabama finished in the Top 10 last season, but they were not in the challenge, whereas Auburn and Tennessee participated in the challenge despite not finishing in the Top 10.