Of course most of our thoughts turn to the NCAA tourney, but here are a few points on the year as a whole:
-Top 25 in RPI, Kenpom, etc.,
-hung a banner as the Big Ten Tournament champs.
-9-8 road/neutral record with two overtime losses and the last second loss to Northwestern.
-7-7 top RPI 50 record, 13-11 vs top 100 (and 16-11 vs top 107).
-all while finishing 308 in 3 pt FG defense – which is mostly luck – and 255 in kenpom luck metric – i.e,. our record was somewhat worse than expected based on efficiency margins (generally we won big and lost close games).
The low point was the defense, which finished at 69 in kenpom, mostly due to a really bad first few games in the B1G. That was partly the aforementioned 3 pt defense but also legitimately bad defense. Luckily, that improved late in the season, although it kept the regular season record from being better and getting a higher NCAA seed. A couple of the worst losses were the VTech late collapse and the egg laid against OSU.
On an individual level, Walton was a second team All-B1G and it felt like a robbery, Irvin struggled at times but made the all-tournament team, Wilson and Wagner emerged, Rahkman and Robinson looked really solid in their roles, and X showed he’s a viable backcourt player right now with a possibly bright future.
Overall, a little up and down, but a lot to like in the final analysis.