That line was muttered by fictional coach Norman Dale in the movie “Hoosiers” before he took to the court for his first game as the head coach of the Hickory Huskers.
First-year Indiana University men’s basketball coach Archie Miller could’ve made the same statement as he walked off the Assembly Hall court last weekend after getting shellacked by Indiana State 90-69.
His team bounced back with a narrow win over Howard on Sunday in Bloomington, but now the Hoosiers (1-1) face their first true road test with a game at Seton Hall (2-0) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (FS1).
“Early in the season,” Miller said Tuesday when he met with the media, “our guys have really had to take on a lot.”
Miller touched on a number of topics Tuesday, here are five of those.
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Miller said that the health status of junior forward Juwaun Morgan (ankle sprain) was still unknown as it pertained to him playing against the Pirates, so as it did against Howard, that means more opportunity for freshman forward Justin Smith.
“He’s going to get thrown into the fire,” Miller said of Smith. “For him, that’s awesome, because he’s going to get live reps.”
The 6-foot-7 Smith got a lot of “live reps” during his 27-minute stint against Howard after Morgan went down early in the game with his injury.
Smith finished with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, which impressed Miller.
“I thought he did a nice job against Howard,” Miller said. “We also spent a lot of time watching film on how much better he can be, how much tougher he’s going to have to be, especially as we’re getting ready to go to Seton Hall.”