So, this is out there:
I don't know who Dan Hanner is, but whatever. He has a statistical model predicting the top-20 for next year. Obviously, this is based upon a lot of assumptions: who is returning? Who is not? How do top-100 recruits shake out? This one is true but is unstated in the article: how do players from this year improve and progress with their games?
Spoiler alert: he does not project Indiana in the top 20. He does project (in this order) MSU (Harris returns), Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and tOSU. Anyway, this gets me to wondering what my expectation should be for this team next year.
- Subjectively: I expect to see Yogi and Hollowell make the kinds of strides that Oladipo and Sheehey made from year 1 to 2; I expect to see Hanner look game-ready; I expect them to improve their turnover percentage; I expect them to play elite-level defense; I expect them to be a near-impossible out at home; I want to see them building up a head of steam heading into march.
- Objectively: 22+ wins, 11+ wins in conference, top 4 finish in conference, playing on the weekend of the Big Ten Tourney, and Sweet 16 appearance, top-20 by end of year.