[quote=“Craftsy21, post:17, topic:3214”]Thanks Frats. But I wasn’t bothered by him saying we wouldn’t get in. I just thought he had a smugness about himself anytime somebody brought up the question in the last week.
I don’t sit here throwing darts at his picture or anything, he just got added to my imaginary list of ‘experts’ from last year that wrote that team off too soon. Like those morons that called the MSU game and couldn’t justify any way in which we would get selected before the Spartans. It was a frustrating 10 days or so, as you’ll remember, but ultimately we were vindicated by a fantastic run so I stick my tongue directly out at all the doubters. :P[/quote]
After going back through and reading those posts, Palm apparently had a couple of changes of heart regarding PSU chances over those days. You can see how we were pretty much always just in, or on his last few out, in the month before the tournament. According to frats, on Feb 25, Palm said this about the Big Ten.
[i]"Michigan’s loss this week knocked them back out of the bracket. They probably need to win their last two pre-tournament games to have a realistic shot, but they are winnable.
Penn St also has a schedule of opportunity, but is less likely able to take advantage of it. "[/i]
We had just beat NW in Evanston the night before and I have to wonder if Jerry had considered that when he wrote the above because just hours later, Palm has us on his fence sitters list.
The Rice column was written a week later, after we had lost to Ohio State, and it just seems strange that Palm would have us so far out of it, following the results of one game, particularly since he put us right back in the mix just a few days later. I don’t know what he was smoking when he gave Rice that quote but he clearly missed the ball that day.
At least I still had it nailed at that point.
And then, later on, I said that I thought that Jerry would change his mind if the make-it-to-the weekend scenario played out.
And he did, as detailed in this Dave Jones’ column on Friday before we played Wisconsin in the BTT.