Nov. 19, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona head men's basketball coach Sean Miller won his first-round match, 26-21, to advance in the "Shots From the Heart" free throw contest.
Miller made 20 of 25 free throws this week, scoring a total of 26 points to defeat Danny Kaspar of Stephen F. Austin, who made 16 of 25 and scored 21 points.
"I'm excited," said Miller. "I was a little nervous about the number I posted, but I am happy to advance. Much like an NCAA Tournament game, you are always happy to get that first win under your belt and get rid of the nervousness and anxiousness. I look forward to the second-round match-up."
Miller is scheduled to face the winner of the Ernie Ziegler (Central Michigan) vs. Steve Pikiell (Stony Brook) match-up, which takes place next week. The second round match-ups are slated to begin in December.
"Shots from the Heart" is a season-long free throw contest that features 64 participating head coaches bracketed in a tournament-style format. Beginning in November and continuing once monthly through the NCAA Final Four in Houston, coaches will shoot 25 free throws on their campuses while a departmental staff member will tally and report the results. The coach with the most made free throws in each match-up would advance to the next round. There is a tournament for assistant coaches as well.
The event is administered by collegeinsider.com in conjunction with Close The Gap, an educational initiative designed to promote awareness about cardiovascular risk factors. Any proceeds from the event will benefit the American Heart Association. For additional tournament information, go to www.collegeinsider.com/shots.
Miller, who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992, finished his career as one of the top 10 free throw shooters in NCAA history. He connected on 317-of-358 (.885) free throw attempts for his career, and he still holds the Pitt record for career free throw percentage. Additionally, Miller is the only player in Pitt history to shoot better than 90 percent from the line in a single season, and he accomplished that feat twice.
In an effort to avoid ties, the following scoring system will be used: shots 1-20 are worth 1 point each, shots 21-24 are worth 2 points each, and shot 25 is worth 3 points.