Kentucky has been searching for a third scorer all year. The focal point of opposing teams defense has been Patterson and Meeks. This has caused them to force up ill advised shots since no one will shoot the basketball. With Kentucky's already horrendous offensive sets it's imperative someone step up and help out the dynamic duo. There hasn't been consistency from game to game. Some games have had Stevenson, Liggins, Harrellson, and even Galloway put up an excellent game only to disappear the next. Teams have gone to the approach of guarding just Meeks and Patterson to make the rest of the team beat them. However, this past Saturday afternoon Kentucky may have finally found an answer to their dilemma.
Darius Miller (a 4 star recruit according to Rivals.com), stepped up in a big way on Saturday. The freshman out of Maysville, KY had a career high with 17 pts on 6-6 fg, 3 3pt, and adding 6 assists to help Kentucky trounce Tennessee 77-58. Out of the starting gates Miller looked impressive for a freshman but for about a 15 game span he looked gun-shy and lacked confidence. Over the last three games including his performance against Tennessee he has looked like the player that Kentucky fans have held in high regard. After all he is a talented player, he not only has the physical skills but a high basketball IQ.
Miller finally showed us why he was chosen Mr. Basketball for the state of Kentucky. Hopefully Miller will show some consistency in the games ahead and ultimately show Billy Gillispie he ought to have a superior role within their offense. If Miller becomes the third threat to score then the Wildcats could be a tough out come March.