Illinois State, Ole Miss Agree To Home-and-Home On Twitter

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

ACC BIG 10 BIG 12 SEC PAC 12 BIG EAST. It's me again. Looking 4 home & home next year. Pls call me 4 chance 4 QUALITY road win, top 33 RPI

— Dan Muller (@DanMuller) March 13, 2017

Muller heard from Ole Miss later that day which got the ball rolling:

.Hey @DanMuller I'm here with Coach Kennedy & since he doesn't do Twitter, he said to give us a call. We'd love to match up.

— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) March 13, 2017

Would LOVE to. I will be having my people get in touch with your people TODAY. AKA, i am going to text AK in 10 minutes.

— Dan Muller (@DanMuller) March 13, 2017

.Our people (Twitterless AK) are ready @DanMuller
Your bitmoji game is strong. Good luck in the NIT.

— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) March 13, 2017

Talked to AK (Hope it was him & not Randy). Need to figure out dates but it's a done deal if we do. AK said it's the TWARD invitational.

— Dan Muller (@DanMuller) March 13, 2017

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.