For me, these are best and worst-case scenarios:
MC finally is healthy, and becomes the leader offensively we have been searching for the last two years.
RA continues to improve, and becomes at least a 10 and 8 guy for us.
MB shoots like he did in the conference tournament for the majority of the year.
JB shows improvement and consistency.
At least one of JJ or ZM shows they can compete at an A10 level.
Two of AG, MN, EW, or BJ show significant improvement at the forward spots (or show they can be competitive in EW's case, as we haven't seen him yet).
DR consistently looks like the player we saw at times his freshman year- can get to the hoop as well as shoot the three.
Ford develops some semblance of a rotation, and actually draws up inbounds plays (somewhat joking about that last part.)
I don't think any of these are super far fetched by themselves, but it is unlikely everything happens. If most of these things happen, though, I could see a mid-conference finish and maybe a CBI invite or something like that. We saw flashes of that team last year, however brief they were (GW and Davidson wins.) That is absolute best case.
MC has nagging injuries all year and shows no improvement/no willingness to be an offensive leader.
RA regresses/does not improve and continues to make 2-3 boneheaded mistakes again.
MB looks the same as he did for the whole regular season.
JB remains frustratingly inconsistent.
JJ/ZM have little to no impact.
None of the bigs jumps out from the rest of the pack, and we get absolutely crushed in the paint and on the glass all year.
DR remains as inconsistent as he was this past season.
Ford shows signs of being exactly what OSU fans said he was: Good recruiter, mediocre in-game coach.
In this case, a bottom of the league finish seems likely. While I don't think every one of these things will happen either, I would say I think this scenario is more likely than the best-case, but that may be the cynical Billiken fan inside me that has grown over the last two seasons.
I think most likely scenario is somewhere in between: Many frustrations about inconsistency, but promising signs, especially from the younger players. Hopefully this will lead to hope for the next season, and show Goodwin and others that we can be competitive in '17-18, especially with the transfers becoming eligible.