Up to this point, only MSU and Purdue have clearly looked better than us, but after that, we’re in a group of 5-6 other teams, none of which really stands out. 3rd to 8th place are pretty wide open at this point, and there probably won’t be more than two or three games difference between the upper and lower end of that. The way the season usually goes, that means it will hinge on a couple games decided by one free throw or one 3 pointer made or missed, and right now, we’re leaning towards the bad side in both of those areas (which are aspects of the game where Beilein’s teams have normally had an advantage). Last year we shot 39% on threes and 75% on free throws in the Big Ten, and still only went 10-8, and that was with Walton playing like a freak at PG, compared to what we have now. If we don’t improve in both those areas, getting to 12-6 seems very unlikely, even with improved defense.