Measuring success in 2010-2011

  • 07/22/2010 11:40 am in

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 11: Guard Verdell Jones III #12 of the Indiana Hoosiers drives with the ball against guard Michael Thompson #22 of the Northwestern Wildcats during the first round of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

If our calendar is correct, 85 days remain until Hoosier Hysteria. Which means it’s time to start thinking about the 2010-2011 season.

Over the next few months, we’ll have no shortage of previews: An in-depth look at each Big Ten team, our predictions for the All-Big Ten teams, a player-by-player breakdown of next season’s squad and perhaps even some analysis from a national perspective.

For now, we’d like to engage you on the following topic: How will you measure success during the upcoming season?

We know this answer will be different across the board. Some might measure success by wins, losses or potential for postseason play. Others might measure success via personal observations that improvement is taking place.

It’s certainly a subjective topic. But ultimately, we know this will be a thought-provoking process that will generate some solid discussion in the comments.

So with that, we turn you loose.

If you’re a long-time reader that comments often, you know what to do. If you’ve never commented before but are ready to take the plunge and become the next Kelin Blab, by all means, have at it. We love to hear new ideas and opinions.

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  • IUfanPurduePhD

    That being said, without having the schedule to look at, I'm in the 16-17 range for wins.

  • JerryCT

    Very good and thoughtful: I react this way:

    1. A cutting / screening offensive scheme would help us immensely IMO and better enable posting up and backdoor cuts from Rivers, Creek and maybe Jones who are most often the mismatches we present to the other team.

    2. BUT your correct emphasis on defense, switching, transition offense is weakened by your lineup which puts our 2 best team defenders and best transition player on the bench

    I think you have correctly however exposed the crux of our dilemna. In our current system I think you have the wrong lineup. In a cutting/screening system I think you have the right lineup.

  • JerryCT

    You know what ? This may actually summarize all that counts at the end of the day. Said another way …. If the fans can love and support this team regardless of W's that will be a successful season.

  • IUMIKE1

    Maybe one of the ways I try to justify the length of some of my posts is that I always read every single post all the way through at least once without giving it a second thought so you can consider this statement a promise that I will always read yours I guess. Oh, and yea, I guess I can consider myself as having been humored and I thank all the people that probably said some things to themselves, that was justified, after struggling through at least part of it but took pity on me and didn't put those in a reply to my multiple chapter post.

  • IUMIKE1

    Better for me and everyone else if I just say that I have, for the most part, the same expectations than to chance a post of mine turning into what I did with my first post on this subject.

  • IUMIKE1

    Probably wishfull thinking but hey a team can never have too many positive thoughts sent it's way and you never know cause sometimes wishfull thinking turns out to be brilliant foresight. Let's just hope yours is the latter. If that is what turns out happeninng then pass me a double or triple shot of whatever type sauce you used when making that wishfull thought and if it turns out to be something other than brilliant foresight than that sauce much like our team should be better with age next year.

  • IUMIKE1

    Probably wishfull thinking but hey a team can never have too many positive thoughts sent it's way and you never know cause sometimes wishfull thinking turns out to be brilliant foresight. Let's just hope yours is the latter. If that is what turns out happeninng then pass me a double or triple shot of whatever type sauce you used when making that wishfull thought and if it turns out to be something other than brilliant foresight than that sauce much like our team should be better with age next year.

  • slikyslim222

    I have always enjoyed the “Princeton” offense. It helped get Northwestern, who clearly overachieves with lesser talent, out of the basement & a possible shot at the dance or NIT.

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    I hope we have the manpower or talent this year to run this offense because we've taken a beating and been terribly irritated watching them run it the past two years just so they could learn the system before the pieces were there to actually run it!

  • iubase

    the answer is simple – we need to improve from last year…that may set the bar to low for some but I do feel Crean was given a mess and the next two years will be pivotal for IU. Consistency in coaching helps build a sound foundation. Unrealistic goals can only lead to frustration and coaching changes and more challenges down the road. Year by year progress will lead to the restoration in the top echelon….i.e. we will get the recruits we need to challenge for national championship – which should be our only goal.