It was a very weak non-conference schedule. I expect next year's non-con schedule to be similar (with good reason).
Big games in the non-conference are good for the exposure of the program. Keeps you on TV, keeps you on the minds of all the recruits you are trying to impress, and keeps the media talking about you.
I am not staying IU played a hard nonconference schedule but I thought in the end it turned out to have several quality teams and had no negative impact on the team's performance in conference play.
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So proud of my girls.
Sad to see Kelly Faris graduate. I'd like to see her on the Fever (I bet that's where she'd like to be), but I just don't think she'll fall that far in the draft.
Louisville women had an amazing run. Schimmel had a fantastic tournament and is a really fun player to watch..Kelly just does that to players.
Why does IU get the credit for playing a mediocre North Carolina team in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, but Michigan State gets knocked for playing the team that won the conference regular season and tournament, because it "was scheduled for them?"
They played Georgetown, Butler, and a down North Carolina. Fine. A few decent games, and a whole smorgasbord of crap beyond it. They played way, way too many cupcakes (Bryant University, North Dakota State, Sam Houston State, Ball State, Coppin State, Central Connecticut State, Mount St. Mary's, Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville... woah that's a bunch) for anyone to truly believe their non-conference schedule did anything to help them.
True, but IU wasn't even "close" this year. Pitino had a Final Four last year with this team and then took the next step this season by winning the National Championship. Calipari went to the Elite 8 and Final Four in his first two seasons at UK before winning it all a year ago. Your point is certainly valid, but IU has to make it out of the Sweet 16 before we can start talking championship.
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