The non conference really screwed things up for our expectations. I think with the huge roster turnover, some rough patches early on were expected but hopefully we'd get things together by March. Well instead we looked really good early with the UCLA and Texas wins, and THEN the rough patches hit hard because we forgot about them.
And then this IU loss hits hard because it looked like the ship had been righted. A close loss might have been OK but getting hammered so bad was stunning.
It's kind of like Illini football in a way. Hey we're unexpectedly in the Sugar Bowl! Then suddenly we're winning 2 games. Hey, we're unexpectedly in the Rose Bowl! Then we're losing 6 straight and firing a coach again. Whiplash for the fans.