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Season in perspective

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First, look at this:

Season 10-11 11-12 12-13
Ranking LOL Coach's: 20 NR
RPI 98 47 32
sos 48 39 33
Oeff (rank) 108.2 (70) 111 (32) 116.1 (9)
Deff (rank) 100.9 (140) 95.4 (65) 97.5 (112)
KenPom 91 35 34
BPI No Data 40 22
Record 15-16 24-13 24-11
vs RPI 1-50 1-11 2-9 3-7
Conf W-L 5-11 9-7 11-7


Now think to yourself, "how should this season as a whole be viewed?"

One thing that always bothers me come tournament time is that the perception of a 30+ game season often comes down to a single game in the NCAA tournament.

I would argue that, taken as a whole, this season was a small step forward. The team was comfortably in the tournament all year with a better record and better wins than last year (both of the top 50 rpi wins from last year happened in the ncaa tournament). This was never going to be a top 10 basketball team, they were too thin and had real defensive limitations (lack of perimeter quickness, lack of interior height/size).

We still don't know who is coming back/leaving, but we can be pretty sure that this team will once again be thin in the frontcourt, but I believe the backcourt is going to be dynamite. One thing that I think we all need to see moving forward is a bigger commitment to defense by the players and coaching staff. The defense has been better than the Lowe years, but still has a ways to go before this can be an elite program.

The one thing I really want people to take notice of is the huge leap the program took in Gott's first year. Just remember what a pit of despair we were in. This staff has done a remarkable job and I am not worried at all about the state of the program.

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