[quote=“mjg, post:10, topic:2710”]Consistently meeting or exceeding the expectation.
This year, the team is young, inexperienced and learning from a first year coach. So this year my expectation is that we show improvement throughout the season – even if that means a losing record. By the end of the season, I’d like to feel like we have a shot against almost any team we face.
Year two should be better than this season (unless Woodyard unexpectedly becomes an all B1G caliber player - he is our only loss due to graduation). We have almost everyone back, plus DJ and two freshmen. We should see improvement and be competing against all B1G teams from the start. That probably still means a losing B1G record, but perhaps an NIT bid.
Year three should be the best of the first three. We’ll have only replaced Frazier and Woodyard (Frazier will be a big loss, but will hopefully be replaced by then). In reality, we’ll still only have 4 TC recruits on the team, barring transfers or early graduations. So I won’t agree with the OP’s assertion of the team being essentially TC’s guys. It will be two thirds ED’s guys with two years under TC. Regardless, I think there is enough talent there, that if the coaching staff is able to develop players, especially inside, we’ll be able to challenge for the top third of the B1G.
Of course we have a lot of “IFS” before we get there. And things can change dramatically due to injury, etc. So back to my first statement: “Consistently meeting or exceeding the expectation.”[/quote]
Good post. I do think that in the next two years, one of the current players recruited by Ed will not be here in year 3, basic odds tell me that, so it would be about 50/50 Ed’s guys to PC’s guys in that third year.
I like the idea of back to back tourney appearances as a criterion for actually achieving sustained BBall success. I can’t remember that ever happening in the years I have followed PSU Ball (which has been about 25), has it ever happened? I would add into that 4 out of 5 years making a postseason appearance (ie…NIT if not NCAA) so even ‘bad’ years at least are winning seasons and tourney appearances.