CHICAGO - There was a lot to talk about at Big Ten Basketball Media Day today in Chicago. The Rosemont Hilton contained all 14 head coaches as well as an assortment of players from each school. You had everything from the veteran Michigan State coach Tom Izzo to Michigan's "rookie" coach Juwan Howard. Archie Miller made the rounds as well. From the main dais, to the BTN set in the back of the room and then to the individual breakout sessions where he spoke for approximately 40 minutes.
Miller touched on everything from an adaptive offensive philosophy, one that is expected to see much more and better ball movement for his third season in Bloomington, to the health and expectations of redshirt freshman Jerome Hunter. In regards to Hunter the Hoosiers head coach says while he has "tempered expectations" for the 6'7" wing, "we're pushing him hard, he's pushing himself hard & we're expecting him to contribute to this team." Miller said of the Ohio native, "He's got some things you just can't teach. He can score the ball a lot of different ways, he's competitive, he has some toughness about him, got an edge about him and he's very, very hungry to play."
A healthy Jerome Hunter will make Archie Miller and Hoosier fans alike very happy. The Hoosiers already start the season without a full compliment of scholarship players and last season showed how quickly numbers can dwindle during a rash of injuries.
If there has been one constant from Archie Miller in talking about this year's team it has been chemistry and how in needs to be better and will be better this season. For whatever reason that was obviously not the case last year and it showed itself especially during a 12 game losing streak. There were other factors like the rash of injuries, but teams, players, coaches - they can't control injuries. But how a team plays, unselfishly, smart, hard, together - those are all controllable and Archie know's it's the difference between winning and losing. "A humble group, a humble player, a humble staff, a humble program that is working towards other people not themselves will get the best results for this team."
This Saturday's Hoosier Hysteria will offer the first live look at the 2019-20 Indiana basketball team. If you are planning to be at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall at 4:30 remember admission is free, but please bring one or more canned goods.