Looking at the records of our 11 non-conference opponents thus far, and I was shocked at how awful they are and how damaging they will be to our far-outside-chances of making the tourney:
Ark Pine Bluff: 0-11
Houston Baptist: 1-11
Norther Mich.: Div. II
Creighton: 5-7 (this seemed to be a better win at the time)
Coppin St: 5-5
So, at 6-5 we have ZERO "good" wins; however, as for losses:
KU #1 and 12-0
BC (at home): 8-4
That Utah game is going to haunt UM; and their inability to beat either Marquette or 'Bama early in the year will linger.
On paper, it looked like Creighton, Utah, BC, KU, and UConn would be enough for strength of schedule points... but no.
Looks like UM needs to go 11-7 (at least) and a first round win in the Big 10 tourney to make the Dance. With a "good" loss to UConn that would make them 18-13 in the upper half of a major conference. I doubt 10-8 would do it at this point.
First step: Beat IU tomorrow