There’s no doubt that John Calipari often finds Darius Miller frustrating. He wishes the senior was more aggressive, would come up with more loose balls, would be a little less consistently passive.
On the flip side, the former Mason County star can knock down some big three-pointers. And, making a rare start, he hit a pair of those in Kentucky’s 68-53 win at Auburn last night.
The first came at the end of a first half in which the underdog Tigers had matched UK bounce-per-bounce. The Cats were clinging to a 29-28 lead when Miller hit an off-balance three from the left wing to send the visitors to the locker room up four.
“That play at the end of the half was unbelievable execution,” Calipari said afterward. “We’ve run that thing in a scripted way I’m guessing 50 times. I walked in at halftime and I said, ‘That’s why we scripted that ending, 3.9 seconds.’ He may not have made it, but he got a great shot. There was no craziness. He got a good look.”
Later, when Kentucky was starting to carve out some breathing room, Miller buried a three to stretch the lead to 57-49.
“We made that three coming out of the timeout, which was a big play and Marquis Teague read it,” Calipari said. “We were either going lob or three. That’s what we were doing, one of the two. He executed it right down, and bang, gives Darius that three. Darius made it.”
Miller was three-of-five from three on the night, the fifth game this season in which he has made at least three three-pointers in a game.