Farfetched... have you considered that maybe the reason Darius Taylor isn't playing hockey is because the San Andreas fault has been moving 30-50 mm a year over the last 10 million years?If Fleck’s mom had moved to Tallahassee as a child and his dad had become a circus performer would Darius Taylor be a hockey player? Something to consider
Farfetched... have you considered that maybe the reason Darius Taylor isn't playing hockey is because the San Andreas fault has been moving 30-50 mm a year over the last 10 million years?
I was thinking farther east...Why would the state of Minnesota move itself between Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan? Is this type of large-scale geographic movement even possible? How would the location of our state impact its coaching hiring and firing? It is Sunday morning and these sorts of deep questions do arise before and after church, but typically I try and keep them in the realm of the possible. What strange multi-versic reality is this guy pondering?
Those records actually make my point for me.^^ Obviously it depends on who you play non-conf (as you said), and hence why I am prefacing this as I have not actually looked at the non-confs.
That said, each non-covid year in the East, the best overall record outside ranked teams was:
2014 (2 ranked) - 3rd place Maryland 7-6 / 4th place Rutgers 8-5
2015 (3 ranked) - 4th Penn State 7-6
2016 (3 ranked) - 4th Indiana 6-7
2017 (3 ranked) - 4th Michigan 8-5
2018 (3 ranked) - 4th Mich St 7-6
2019 (3 ranked) - 4th Indiana 8-5
2021 (3 ranked) - 4th Penn St 7-6
2022 (3 ranked) - 4th Maryland 8-5
I would say only the 4th place 8-5 overall records seem to jive with what you're laying down, and they don't always happen.
If MN finished in the middle of the pack that’s totally expected given their talent level, even a bit of an overachievementwell, next year we're going to start finding that out.
starting next year, 2nd place in the (old) West could translate to finishing in 6th or 7th place at best in the new conference. we're looking at a conference with OSU, Mich, PSU, USC, Wash, Oregon at the top. throw UCLA, Iowa and Wisconsin into the mix, and the Gophers could have a decent season - by historical standards - and be looking at 8th or 9th place in the standings.
this is not an attack on Fleck. but it is a reality check. in the current standings, saying that the Gophers finished 2nd in the Division sounds good. in the new standings, saying that the Gophers finished in 8th place in the Conference doesn't sound as good - even if the records are the same or very similar.
in the current AP top 25, 8 of the top 25 teams are current or future B1G teams, including 6 of the top 10.
Because the 4th place team in the east has been pretty mediocreOK. If it's "pretty easy" to get to 9, then why hasn't that happened a single time outside the ranked teams since 2014?
Like I said, I don't know who they played non-conf. Agree that UNC level non-conf means 8, instead of 9.