The stretch of 5 ranked opponents is officially behind us, which was also the most difficult part of our schedule. We come out of that stretch at 2-3 in heartbreaking fashion. To be NCAA worthy, the general consensus is that this team needs to be 10-8 or thereabouts to be right on the bubble, with a BTT win to be lock-city.
The next 5:
3 games at home…two of them vs. the bottom two in the conference. We also get three more ranked opponents in this stretch, with a chance to steal another scalp on the road against teams we have already beaten. We sit at 3-4 and 8th in the conference right now, but I see 3-2 or possibly 4-1 out of these next 5. This is a team which has gone into the buildings of two straight elite 8 contenders and come within inches of knocking them off. I think this team can absolutely take all of the games at home, and think that this is the year we finally knock off Bo. 4-1 would put us at 7-5 heading into the final third of the season. 3-2 puts us back into the tournament conversation as well, but we’d have some work to do to get to 10-8.
Iowa and Michigan are absolute musts. Taking one out of three against the ranked opponents is a must too.