To quote the great philosophers Timon and Pumbaa: "Hakuna Matata"
The LVs were obviously over ranked at the start of the season. The ranking presumed a healthy Key, that Pissott would be a plus factor from the get go,. That all the transfers would have a seamless transition into the team.
Illness takes out Key, Pissott needs some development time, Rickea hit a small bump in the transition road (but has otherwise been amazing), and Powell and Hollingshead just now seem to be finding their niches in the team. And Marta never got going the way folks had hoped and expected.
So, the LVs dropped a bunch of early games (including Gonzaga which turned on a phantom travel call against Jordan Horston, GRRRRR!!!!!)
But , here we are with the LVs on a 9 game win streak and undefeated in the SEC and just named ESPN’s women’s team of the week.
So, they have reclaiimed some national attention. It's like okay, we are looking now give us a reason to really believe y'all are the real deal.
In some ways, the LVs now control their own fate. Wins against Uconn and LSU would undeniably signal that their early season ranking may not have been wrong but premature. Then they need to keep winning in the SEC, though a single loss to SC, providing its a competitive game, would not hurt much. If they can do all that, they will be lurking around the top ten spot and probably be a 3 seed.
If they are not able to do all that, then they are what they are.