BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Archie Miller’s trickiest summer job might be piecing together Indiana’s schedule.
Inheriting only a few locked-in matchups for next season, the Big Ten’s decision to play two conference games in early December, the conference tournament coming a week before Selection Sunday and the possibility of playing 20 conference games in future years have all complicated matters for the Hoosiers’ new coach.
“When you look at the non-conference schedule and two Big Ten games coming the first weekend of December, it’s going to be very, very taxing getting through November and December,” Miller said Tuesday before one of the team’s summer workouts. “I think when it’s done it will be a tough non-conference schedule for us. Will it be glamorous? I don’t think so. I’m not sure we can do glamorous right now.”
Miller takes over a team that lost its opening NIT game and then lost three of its top four scorers — two of them underclassmen who were NBA draft picks.
Only three players on Indiana’s roster started 20 or more games last season, and the new schedule doesn’t give the Hoosiers the usual two-month initiation period to get acclimated.
Indiana already has booked two road trips — one to Seton Hall for the Gavitt Tipoff, the other to Louisville. There’s also a home game against Duke in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and a neutral court game in the Crossroads Classic against Notre Dame. Indiana fans are still clamoring for future games against Kentucky, and Miller has discussed the possibility of facing his brother, Arizona coach Sean Miller, sometime down the road.
But that may become more difficult now that the Big Ten has decided to play two conference games in three days on the first weekend of December.
“It hurts you in the ability to schedule non-conference games,” Miller said. “But I think it will add a lot of excitement to it. I think you’ll have some…