After six seasons at Dayton, Archie Miller has left the A-10 for the Big Ten. He was announced Saturday as the new head coach at Indiana, and I’ll break the Hoosiers’ hire down by the numbers below.
Indiana fired Tom Crean on March 16 and officially replaced him with Miller Saturday. Miller went 139-63 in his six seasons with the Flyers, making the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons. His team made a surprise run to the Elite Eight in 2014, a round that Indiana hasn’t made since 2002.
Archie Miller at Dayton
2016-17: 24-8, L in NCAA 1st Round
2015-16: 25-8, L in NCAA 1st Round
2014-15: 27-9, L in NCAA 2nd Round
2013-14: 26-11, L in Elite Eight
2012-13: 17-14, No tournament
2011-12: 20-13, No tournament
Miller comes from a basketball family. He played at NC State from 1997-2002. His brother is Sean Miller, who is the head coach at Arizona. He also has Big Ten roots, serving as an assistant under Thad Matta at Ohio State for three seasons.
Archie Miller Career at Dayton
– 139-63 in six seasons
– Won two Atlantic 10 Championships
– 2017 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
– Four straight NCAA Tournament appearances
Dayton’s teams were really good defensively in Miller’s last four seasons, a stark contrast to how Indiana has been on that end. The Flyers ranked in the Top 50 in defensive efficiency in each of the last three seasons and never finished worse than 72nd in that span. The Hoosiers have finished outside the Top 100 in defensive efficiency in each of the last three seasons.
Defensive Efficiency Ranks in Last Four Seasons
Offensively, don’t expect Miller’s teams to play as fast as Crean’s teams did. His Dayton teams were pretty efficient even though they didn’t have as many possessions. They also were really good at getting to the free throw line.
In the last five seasons, the Flyers ranked in the Top 75 in offensive efficiency in four of those seasons despite not ranking in the Top 150 in possessions per game. In the last three seasons, they ranked in the Top 10 in getting to the free throw line twice.
Dayton D-I Ranks Last Five Seasons
Free Throw Rate
Indiana’s hiring of Miller continues the trend of coaching turnover in the Big Ten. He’s the third different head coach hired in the conference in the last two seasons, joining Brad Underwood of Illinois and Steve Pikiell of Rutgers. Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, and Michigan are the only Big Ten teams that haven’t hired a new head coach this decade.
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