Dec. 21, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Sean Miller is heading back to the Sweet 16.
University of Arizona head men's basketball coach Sean Miller won his second-round match, 28-27, to advance in the "Shots From the Heart" free throw contest.
Miller made 22 of 25 free throws this week, scoring a total of 28 points to defeat Steve Pikiell of Stony Brook, who made 23 of 25 and scored 27 points. The difference in the contest was that Miller sank his last shot, worth three points, while Pikiell missed his.
Through two rounds of action, Miller has made 42-of-50 shots (.840) and has tallied 54 total points.
"I'm very happy to advance," said Miller. "This is a wonderful Christmas present."
Miller is scheduled to face Ron Everhart of Duquesne, who defeated Kansas' Bill Self, 29-25, in his second-round match-up. The third round is slated to begin in January.
"I look forward to the third-round match-up with Coach Everhart. I respect Ron's game and I know he'll be working hard, sharpening that saw, every day to be ready," Miller continued.
"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 - with varying point values - on their campuses while a departmental staff member will tally and report the results. The coach with the most points scored in each match-up will advance to the next round.
In an effort to avoid ties, the following scoring system will be used: shots 1-20 are worth one point each, shots 21-24 are worth two points each, and shot 25 is worth three points. 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. There is a tournament for assistant coaches as well.
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.