When you’re an NCAA bubble team, blowing a seven-point, second-half lead at home against a ranked opponent is not the way to convince people you deserve to dance in March Madness 2020.
And though Indiana did just that against Wisconsin on Saturday, Archie Miller defended his team’s resume with a strange “Sesame Street” analogy that included a swipe at bracketology, particularly ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi.
“It’s a children show. Every bracketology’s a children’s show. Bottom line with our resume is it’s strength of record, and that’s undeniable,” Miller said, adding if his Hoosiers don’t get into the NCAA Tournament, “somebody’s gonna have to answer some questions.”
At the end of his rant, Miller took aim at Lunardi.
“You know, when I was in the Atlantic 10 (with Dayton) Joe Lunardi was my best friend. He used to help me all the time,” Miller said. “When I went to Indiana — he needed to crap on Indiana the other day just so people would watch ‘Sesame Street,’ you know what I’m saying?”
Miller, 41, clearly isn’t happy with what he described as “Sesame Street cartoon guys on TV who need people to click” bad-mouthing his team’s credentials. The Hoosiers are 19-12 entering the Big Ten tournament but finished 9-11 in conference. They do, however, have quality wins over Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa and Penn State.
“If you’ve beaten six, seven teams in the field, you should be in the field,” Miller said. “It’s your body of work.”
As of Monday morning, Indiana was 29th in the country in strength of record and 13th in strength of schedule, per ESPN. Lunardi currently has Indiana among his “Last Four In.”