Coach Matt Painter has reiterated that these predictions don't hold much water, and the boys at BoiledSports have pointed out yet again that these preseason accolades are nice to look at but not much more than that. We've yet to play a game.
Still, the informed
I think the expectations shake out like this in order from reasonable to dreamy
- Winning season
- Beat Duke
- Beating the 3 I's: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana (Coach Keady's old seasonal goal*)
- Winning the pre-season NIT
- NCAA Tournament berth
- Big Ten Tournament championship
- Outright Big Ten title
- Elite 8
- Final Four
- and while we're here, National Championship
There's the rub.
I know better than to buy the hype. I know better than to talk Nemanja Calasan-sized smack. I know better. Yet still, I hope.
However, against all good, past-disappointment-informed judgment, I'm drawing my line somewhere near Big Ten title and Elite 8. Let's get started.
*No real understanding why Gene was hell bent on this measure. Was he a closet grammarian enamored with assonance, or did he just like sticking it to Dr. Tom, Lou-Doo, and Bobby?