LA - once again, when you start saying "we were a few bad calls" or a "buzzer beater away" and "pure luck" you've gone away from objectivity and into excuse territory. Let's deal with reality, not an idealistic world. When you start talking in terms of "woulda, coulda, shoulda", you've lost all credibility in my view because you're analyzing from the standpoint of what you think should have occurred rather than what actually happened. You want to talk about pure luck or buzzer beaters - It was " pure luck" that UM was even in the champ game in the first place considering Burke's "buzzer beater" from 30 feet away. In other words, UM wasn't even good enough to be there in the first place under your view but for pure luck on a buzzer beater.
Defensive metrics - once again you want to limit the discussion to a range/idea you think supports your contention rather than dealing with the entire fact set. #69, #58, #37, #61 in your ideal world. So we fielded 3 teams with below average defense and one team with average defense. So even in your ideal "experienced team" world our defensive ceiling under JB is most likely a below average defensive team.
Just food for thought for you LA (as previously cited as well) - UK rolled out the #41 D while starting 5 freshman this year, so let's stop with the "experience is what's holding us" up argument
Guys seriously, are some of you really going to claim we have't been a subpar defensive team under JB? No offense, but I don't really care about your respective logic as to why, we just have to acknowledge the fact that we aren't, and most likely never will be a good defensive team under JB. Facts are facts, regardless of what some would like them to be.