Let's unpack the point about us being poor last year. We were 1-6 in one possession/OT regular season Big Ten games last season. If you are in the game for 39 minutes I think its fair to expect a normal distribution of wins and losses in those games. Under that assumption we were on the tail of the normal curve and had we been in the middle of that curve we would have finished 9th in the conference last season. Personally, my expectations had little to do with last year's results and a lot to do with the talent on the team. I've been watching Penn State hoops for going on 20 years and the talent level is commensurate with the 01, 09, and 11 teams. As a result my expectations were that we would have similar results with those teams. That's what made yesterday's loss so frustrating. We both agree about next year's team. I think they will have a great chance at the NCAA tournament.