Indiana just lost a critical late-season game at Illinois, falling 67-66. The pressure is mounting for the Hoosiers and head coach Archie Miller.
Miller might be feeling some of that pressure lately. He and assistant coach Bruiser Flint got into an argument on the bench during Thursday's loss to Purdue. Late in today's game, Miller snapped at one of his players after calling a timeout.
With his team holding the ball and trailing 65-63 in the final 30 seconds, it seemed like Miller did not want to use a timeout. He tried calling a set without stopping the clock, but there was some confusion and the Hoosiers were not lined up properly.
This forced Miller to burn a timeout, and he was not happy. In the video below, you can see him yelling in the face of Al Durham, though we're not sure exactly what Durham's mistake was.
Indiana actually wound up executing nicely out of the timeout, as big man Trayce Jackson-Davis drew a foul. However, he missed both free throws, and after a scramble, Illinois regained possession.
Ayo Dosunmu's free throws in the final seconds iced the game for the Illini and dropped the Hoosiers to 18-11 on the season and 8-10 in Big Ten play.
Despite the setback, the path to the NCAA Tournament is still clear for IU. The Hoosiers have to win their last two home games against Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Even if they lose one, there's still a chance Indiana gets an at-large bid, depending on what it does in the Big Ten Tournament. Lose both, however, and you might be looking at being left home on Selection Sunday.