What Indiana’s Loss To Purdue Means For NCAA Tournament
What does Indiana’s loss to Purdue mean for the looming NCAA Tournament? Nothing good. That is probably why Hoosiers head coach Archie Miller was so angry on Thursday night.
In the second half of his team’s eventual 57-49 defeat at the hands of the Boilermakers, an agitated Miller brushed aside a camera in frustration.
Being down by eight in a critical late-season game will have that sort of effect on people.
Arch doesn’t want the camera time. pic.twitter.com/y6dvEv6769
— Brett Bensley (@brettbensley) February 28, 2020
Sadly, things did not get any better for the Hoosiers following that moment.
With the defeat, Indiana now sits at 8-9 in the Big Ten and 18-10 for the season. The team has now lost to Purdue not once, but twice.
Miller, of course, is known for his animated responses to things – win or lose. Just a few days earlier, during Sunday’s victory over the Nittany Lions, he was seen breaking a clipboard that was in an assistant’s hands.
Big picture, this loss was a huge blow to Indiana’s efforts to land in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers are currently a bubble team and every single outing matters.
Anyone else see Archie Miller punch the assistant coach’s clipboard? pic.twitter.com/dTo2c8nmxH
— Mike Winchell (@mrmikewinch) February 23, 2020
It is clear that they do not have the weapons necessary to win in the conference tournament, so getting into the field as a bubble team is really the only shot the Hoosiers have of competing in the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana’s final three games feature showdowns against an Illinois squad that is 11-6 in conference and 19-9 overall, a Minnesota team that is 7-10 in conference and 13-14 overall and a Wisconsin unit that is 11-6 in conference and 18-10 overall.
All three outings are very winnable, all things considered. But the smart money says Indiana will fall in at least one of them.