Yep. Big part of it is just luck of the path you draw and what happens.This team has an incredible core of players (Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Libero of the Year, 1st team All Big Ten setter, Wucherer). I trust that there will be one or two more additions, and judging from the last MB transfer, probably nobody we're talking about right now.
Wisconsin, Nebraska and Penn State are all loaded for 2023. There's no reason Minnesota can't compete with them but third or fourth place in the Big Ten could easily be the National Champion depending on how the tournament goes.
Our last final four appearance was simply the luck that Louisville spent their energy to take out Texas, so we didn't have to face the Longhorns and got to instead pick off a depleted Louisville squad.