You aren’t going to make the tournament when you fire a very popular coach in a totally disrespectful manner. Kids aren’t suddenly going to perk up, do a 180, and magically become better shooters.Making the tournament isn’t “upside?”
Miles isn’t long for Lincoln, so why not try to do something to save the season for Palmer, Watson, and Copeland? Nobody in the coaching profession interested in this job would be put off by that.
It’s extremely shortsighted to think some million to 1 shot of firing a coach and seeing a complete turnaround, is a better play than NOT poisoning the image of the program or coaching position. Play the season, make a decision.