Archie Miller was heated on Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t just the fact that Indiana lost a heartbreaker to Wisconsin on Senior Day, but extended to the question of whether the Hoosiers have done enough to warrant a bid into this year’s NCAA tournament.
Indiana fell 60-56 to Wisconsin at Assembly Hall, despite owning a nine-point lead at the 10-minute mark in the second half. With the loss the Hoosiers fell to 19-12 on the season, finished 11th in the B1G standings and now will play on Day 1 of the B1G Tournament (Wednesday).
When asked what he thought of Indiana’s postseason hopes following the loss, Miller went on a bit of a tirade, blasting ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and all bracketology shows.
“Every bracketolgoly show is a children’s show,” Miller said. “The bottom line with our resume is strength of record. And that’s undeniable, it’s a top 25 strength of record.”
Miller pointed to Indiana’s wins over teams like Michigan State, Iowa, Penn State and Florida State as defense for the Hoosiers’ resume for an NCAA tournament berth. IU has not made the field in Miller’s first two seasons with the program.
Before leaving the press conference, Miller took a final shot at Lunardi, comparing him to Oscar the Grouch.
“When I was in the Atlantic 10, Joe Lunardi was my best friend. Now he’s crapping on Indiana to get people to watch his Sesame Street show. Now he can go back in the trash can where he came from.”
One win in the B1G Tournament would give the Hoosiers 20 wins on the season, and would likely be enough to land a bid in the field of 68. But if the Hoosiers lose on Wednesday, they leave the door open to being left out for a fourth-straight season.
Below are the clips of Miller’s outburst following Saturday’s loss.
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