In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Recapping Archie Miller’s most interesting comments from his Monday night radio show.
• Andy Bottoms finally dropped Indiana out of his bracket projections.
• Is Indiana really in danger of having a Wednesday game in the Big Ten Tournament?
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We’re three days away from Indiana’s next chance to get a win.
In team news …
Archie Miller made a few interesting comments during his radio show on Monday night.
He mentioned that Romeo Langford has been dealing with a nagging ligament stretch near his thumb on his right hand, something that’s been bothering him since high school. It is apparently not a perpetual issue, but does get aggravated by contact. Miller said, ““To his credit, he plays through it and doesn’t say anything.”
Archie also discussed De’Ron Davis’ strong recent play and said that he wants to use more lineups with Juwan and De’Ron playing together.
And Archie highlighted both De’Ron and Al Durham as players who have joined Juwan Morgan in being vocal leaders for the team.
On the injured players, Archie made it sound like Race Thompson’s return to the lineup is coming soon. As for Jerome Hunter, he is starting to do some conditioning work, which has resulted in a few setbacks. As expected, they are taking it slow as Jerome returns from surgeries to treat a lower leg condition.
In bracketology news …
Andy Bottoms released his latest bracket projections on Tuesday afternoon. And it finally happened: he dropped the Hoosiers from his projections.
He did list the Hoosiers in his first five out section, saying this: “Despite owning wins over three of the committee’s Top 16 seeds, the Hoosiers simply have too many losses to be included in current projections. All 11 defeats fall in Quads 1 and 2, but a 2-7 road record is a blemish the committee will surely take into consideration. The opportunities are there to get back on the right side of the cut line, but very little we’ve seen from Indiana of late suggests that will happen.”
And in current Big Ten standings news …
Indiana is currently 4-9 in Big Ten play, which is tied with Rutgers for 10th in the conference. Rutgers owns the tie-breaker currently, with one more game remaining between the two teams. Northwestern is right behind at 3-9 and Nebraska is 3-10.
As depressing as this is to discuss, it’s worth tracking over the final few weeks of the season. The 11th-14th place teams all have to play on Wednesday at the Big Ten Tournament.
Down the stretch, Indiana has only three games remaining against teams currently in the bottom half of the standings: Saturday at Minnesota and in March at Illinois and at home versus Rutgers. The Hoosiers’ other four games are against Purdue, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan State. And while three of them are at home, the Hoosiers will need to actually win another home game before we can reasonably assume that to be an advantage.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.