Inconsistency: Indiana's record in games after beating Top 25 teams under Archie Miller is telling
In college basketball, consistency is key. Unfortunately in Bloomington, that’s what Indiana has lacked in four seasons under head coach Archie Miller. There’s one statistic that shows just how inconsistent the Hoosiers have been during that time frame.
On Sunday, Indiana dropped a 74-70 contest to Rutgers just a few days after posting an impressive 81-69 road victory over No. 4 Iowa. The Hoosiers should’ve had all the momentum, as the Scarlet Knights entered the contest losing five-straight games and never winning in Assembly Hall.
Clearly, that wasn’t the case. It also isn’t the first time under Miller that Indiana has underperformed after a big victory.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, the Hoosiers are just 2-9 in games after beating a Top 25 opponent. That really kills the idea of Indiana having any momentum after a big win.
From ELIAS via @ESPNStatsInfo: Since Archie Miller became Indiana’s head coach in 2017-18, the Hoosiers are just 2-9 in games immediately following a win over an AP Top-25 team.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) January 24, 2021
This season, the Hoosiers are 9-7 on the season with a 4-5 mark in B1G play. Though the B1G is the toughest conference in college basketball, Indiana is likely a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament, given its current situation.
Indiana has never reached the NCAA Tournament in three seasons under Miller. Last season, there’s a good chance the Hoosiers would’ve been in the 68-team field but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of March Madness.
If the Hoosiers can’t get things rolling in the final half of the season, there’s going to be some tough questions Miller is going to have to answer.