Archie Miller Talks College Basketball Bubble, Why He Likes Indiana’s Roster

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana basketball coach Archie Miller said it feels good to be back on campus as he sat in his office at Cook Hall while joining the Aaron Torres Podcast this week.

Miller talked about a number of topics, and here are some more highlights from the conversation with Miller:

— On how his team has been worked through virus issues:

“I can’t speak for every university or every state because everywhere is different.” 

He said they were able to complete an eight-week period of time with the players on campus. 

“After going through some trial and error, your players have to be very responsible.”

He said they were able to lift weights with masks on in different groups. Indiana’s practice facility was run by the team doctors and trainer Tim Garl. 

Players were able to schedule times where they could come in and shoot the ball. 


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NCAA Rumors: College Basketball Considering Orlando Bubble For Tournaments

The success of the bubble environments being used by the NBA, WNBA, NHL and MLS has other sports leagues and organizations thinking along the same lines.

And as NCAA football conferences are deciding whether or not to cancel their seasons, college basketball reportedly is discussing ways to avoid the same fate this winter.

“Following the success of the NBA restart, Orlando has emerged as a prime location to play multiple early season college basketball tournaments in a bubble type setting,” Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Wednesday.

“Many college basketball coaches and administrators believe that current non-conference schedules will dissolve due to COVID-19 and teams will look to play regionalized games in pods or bubbles to fulfill any hope of non-conference basketball before league play.”

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The biggest question facing college basketball heading into September: Will nonconference games be doable?

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College Basketball insiders give reason for optimism about a full basketball season

Eighty-three days remain until the scheduled start of the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season. 

Only 17 of Division I’s 357 programs have released a schedule. 

Charles Pipkins, who runs the D1 Docket website and Twitter account and diligently tracks the scheduling world of college hoops, told CBS Sports that in a normal year we’d be at or above 175 officially released schedules by now. This dawdling reveals what’s been assumed for months in college basketball circles: no one expects the season to start on time.

For some this has been a blessing.

“Nonconference scheduling has been easier this year than ever before because there’s the belief it’s not going to stay in its current form,” one mid-major coach told CBS Sports.

It’s been dreadful for others.

“[Our] schedule isn’t complete and anyone who

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