This was always going to be a transitional year for Archie Miller and the Indiana University men’s basketball program, but fans of the Hoosiers were still hoping to see their favorite team win a lot of games. While Indiana has performed admirably this season, they simply do not have the talent to compete with the best teams in the Big Ten Conference. This talent disparity was on full display when the Hoosiers lost to the Nebraska Cornhuskers yesterday.
A sloppy first half kept either team from being able to get a large lead. Indiana struggled to make easy shots the entire half, but their tough defense kept them in the game. They took a one-point lead into the locker room at halftime despite the poor effort on offense. Indiana continued to struggle on offense in the second half, but their defense also let them down. Nebraska stepped up their play over the final 12 minutes, which helped them go on a big scoring run. Indiana was unable to respond as they lost the game 66-57.
Indiana was on a small four-game winning streak prior to this game, but all of those wins were against bad teams. The Hoosiers have one more game left in the regular season. They will host the Ohio State Buckeyes at Bloomington Assembly Hall on Friday, February 23. Indiana has no shot at earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament, but their solid play recently has likely earned them a spot in the National Invitation Tournament.