Illinois State has come to an agreement with Ole Miss to play a home-and-home series, and has done so in the most improbable way.
After failing to make the NCAA Tournament on selection Sunday, Redbirds head coach Dan Muller is already looking to make his school more appealing to the selection committee in 2018.
Muller posted an add on Twitter that appeared to be more of a comedic comment than it was a genuine attempt to secure a desirable matchup, but wouldn’t you know it, it worked.
It all started with this
Muller heard from Ole Miss later that day which got the ball rolling:
The Redbirds were likely left out of the tournament due to a weak non-conference schedule. With this matchup now appearing likely in the future, it will help the Redbirds boost the strength-of-schedule and could result in them making the tournament next year.
Illinois State appears to have a head coach that is committed to moving the program forward. Despite going 27-6 during the regular season, missing the NCAA Tournament should have served as a wake-up call. It appears to have done just that.
If the Redbirds are wise, they’ll do everything possible to keep Muller around long-term.