I'm probably crazy for even contemplating this scenario, but, after escaping Iowa City with an OT win, I guess I'll step out on a limb and say that the NCAA tourney is not completely out of the realm of possibility. We're 13-12. We have 5 games left. We need to win all 5. Maybe I should stop right there . . .
BUT if we finish 18-12, with wins AT Ohio State and Michigan State and a home win against Illinois (plus the home wins we HAVE to have against Penn State and Minnesota), there's a chance. A win or two at the BTT would certainly help and may even be necessary. But a regular season finish of 18-12, with wins over UConn, Ohio State, Michigan State and Illinois would be something the committee would have to think about long and hard.
I don't see this team being capable of putting together that kind of winning streak. The games at Ohio State and Michigan State will be extremely difficult and we're certainly capable of laying eggs at home when the focus wanes.
Anyway, a ray of hope still shines . . . and that's about the best we can do in the world of Michigan athletics right now.