Both teams the last two years deserved a better fate than they got in the tournament. Its hard to say why because both teams were very very different. Yes, each had a huge star, but both teams had really good role players too. The 2020 team was especially deep and talented across the board. They just got beat and that is frustrating because both were better than who they were playing, just not that day.The past couple years Iowa has been heavy on or relied on one standout player, which is fine. Maybe this team will be a better team as a whole. Ya got a good mixture of experience on the team and it's great a couple those you pointed out have a year under them now. Also, as you point out, Connor is a heady veteran, coach on the court as you stated. They should be a solid "team".
I follow Creighton as well here in Omaha, and McDermott had the same criticism laid on him that he could not get out of the first weekend. Then he did. It is really hard to get to the Sweet 16. You got probably half that number spoken for by blue bloods.
Fran's time is coming. I believe that.