I agree that is a reasonable expectation. Doesn’t mean we will do it every year. Any year you make the tourney, it is hard to say it wasn’t a good year (although I have always said 1992 was a disappointing year, yes we made the NCAA’s but I expected a round of 8 or Final 4 from that team).
Any year you don’t make the NCAA’s, is most likely a disappointing year. That doesn’t mean you fire the coach because we didn’t make it, but I think making the NCAA’s is, in general, a good measuring stick of a year.
We had a 12-point halftime lead over Kansas in the Elite Eight and coughed it up, thanks to the Prairie Chickens going to the line 33 times to our 15. I don’t think the dorm incident had anything to do with that. And KU went on to lose to Duke in the NCG. We had already beaten Duke in the preseason NIT.
That was the year before I became a manager. That KU game still ticks me off. We got over confident and careless against them, but we were clearly the better team. In fact, the only team better than us that season was UNLV. That was the best college team I have ever seen to this day. I would have have loved one more shot at them in the Final Four, and no one will ever convince me that they didn’t throw that National Semi-final game against Duke. We were the only team in the country to play within 10 points of them that season until they “lost” to Duke.
I was at the game and we dominated Kansas in the first half. In the second half, Big O had an injury to his leg and was unable to move and stop KU inside. If he did not get hurt , we would have won by double digits. This was a very frustrating loss.
This game is an example of how you have to overcome adversity and have some good bounces to win a National Championship.
That is correct. The 1991 team would have probably beat the 1994 team by 20. But that just shows you that the best team doesn’t always win the National Championship. We were very blessed to win it all in 1994, but that team wasn’t the most talented Razorback team.