Who knows. Hopefully they get in tourney this year and make noise but it hard to predict they advance very far if they make it. There is still the entire year to improve this year. Archie seems to be making progress with the program but it is progressing at micro levels from year to year. IMO, this is a good young team of 4 year players that could be very good for deep tournament run next year as a vet team. That is without major roster turnover. They can probably withstand losing Brunk and Al after this year but if TJD goes pro and Race graduates and leaves like Smith, this year may be the peak.I think we're better than average......borderline top 25.
Looking at the BIG, clearly worse than ILL, WIS, MSU & Iowa. Clearly better than MN, MD, OSU, PSU, NW & Neb. I put us in a group with Rutgers, Michigan & Purdue. Purdue sucks right now, but they have nice upside.
What bothers me most is I don't see big upside for this team. It's TJD and 9 other guys. Race, Galloway & Linder have been overhyped. Seeing little improvement from Hunter. Al, Rob & Franklin are all very limited. The 2nd thing that bothers me is the likely drop off for year 5 of Archie if/when TJD leaves....he's 1/2 the team right now.