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The Minute After: Rutgers


Ideas on a 61-50 loss to the Scarlet Knights:

Right here we have been once more.

The Hoosiers beginning sturdy, instilling some hope, solely to let it slip away as soon as extra. It wasn’t as sudden or as drastic, the Hoosiers followers in attendance offering some power, however the consequence was the identical. It’s one other loss for the Hoosiers on this no-good, horrible season — their sixth straight to shut out the 2020-2021 marketing campaign.

Precisely a 12 months in the past at the moment, Indiana beat Nebraska within the Large Ten match and was seemingly going to eek into the NCAA match, perhaps even selecting up one other win or two to assist solidify issues. However the pandemic shut all of it down from there. The pandemic’s nonetheless affecting life and video games twelve months later, as only a smattering of Indiana Devoted have been allowed into Lucas Oil Stadium. Simply as a lot as they gave Indiana life, particularly throughout a back-and-forth stretch within the second half, Archie Miller and his workforce additionally needed to face what a largely empty Meeting Corridor has shielded them from this season: fan frustration and disappointment.

As Indiana did not make a area purpose during the last 9:49 of the competition, lacking layups and free throws and every little thing in between, the unrest began to develop within the crowd. Boos and “Fireplace Archie” chants reigned down. It was a tragic, sorry method for issues to finish, however it’s additionally the fact. There’s discontent in Hoosier Nation and the coach and his gamers heard it loud and clear tonight. (Although postgame, Miller mentioned he didn’t hear his identify being chanted. Onerous to consider, in my view.)

The Hoosiers hit simply 2-of-16 from deep tonight, a part of a horrific capturing development to shut out the 12 months. In its final 4 contests of the season, Indiana shot simply 13-of-74 (17.5 %). Merely dreadful and a significant component that’s held this workforce again within the Miller period.

“You’re not going to win very many video games capturing the share we shot during the last three to 4 video games,” Miller mentioned postgame.

Appropriate.

Khristian Lander and Anthony Leal didn’t get off the bench tonight, a possible signal Miller determined that he’d trip his veterans so long as potential to try to break his workforce’s dropping streak. That included Armaan Franklin, who returned to the lineup this night for the primary time since Indiana final misplaced to Rutgers again on Feb. 24. Franklin nonetheless regarded somewhat hobbled and gave it his greatest shot, however he completed simply 3-of-10, together with an 0-of-5 mark from distance.

Miller took some direct questions on each his future and the path of this system after the sport. It’s about all that’s on anybody’s thoughts nowadays.

Some phrases on the path of this system: “On the finish of the day, we’ll be high-quality. We’ve obtained good guys. Guys that battle. Like each program at this cut-off date, you’ve obtained to take stock.”

On his future: “I’m not getting into any offseason questioning if I’m gonna be again. These selections are made increased up than me. My job is to educate the workforce.”

We’ll see what occurs. A buyout of greater than $10 million is a tall order, particularly with an athletic division that’s lacking out on a ton of income attributable to COVID-19.

However this a lot appears clear: If Miller returns subsequent season and the outcomes don’t change, there’s more likely to be many extra followers in Meeting Corridor subsequent season. And similar to these in Lucas Oil Stadium tonight, frustration will probably be voiced.

Filed to: 2021 Large Ten match, Rutgers Scarlet Knights