I have a confession. I didn't watch this one. I'm usually pretty disciplined about staying offline when my parental duties require me to watch a game after 8 p.m. by DVR. It was to my immense good fortune that I accidentally stumbled upon the score early in the second half, and instead of inflicting this game upon myself via DVR, I simply followed it via phone app for the rest of the way. There are a few realities setting in:
- This team probably is closer to what we thought we had in mid-November than to what it looked like we had when we were 15-1 in early January.
- It still would take an epic collapse, i.e., losing all remaining Big Ten regular season games and to either NC Central or in the first game of the Big Ten Tournament.
- This team still has three opportunities left to improve its resume.