Jan. 18, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller won his second-round match to advance in the "Shots From the Heart" free throw contest.
Miller made 25 of 25 free throws last month, scoring a total of 56 points to defeat Brad Stevens of Butler, who made 22 of 25 and scored 50 points, in the head coaches' tournament. Through the first two rounds of the event, Miller has connected on 49-of-50 free throws (.980) and scored 111 of a possible 112 points.
Miller advances to this month's third round to face Steve Donahue of Boston College. Donahue downed Tulane's Ed Conroy via tiebreaker in his second-round match. Shooting will be completed in the next two weeks.
In the assistant coaches' tournament, UA's James Whitford made 21-of-25 free throws last month, scoring a total of 51 points, but was defeated by Valparaiso's Roger Powell, who made 24-of-25 attempts and tallied 52 points. Whitford sank his last 14 attempts and scored two more points than in his first-round win. He connected on 42-of-50 (.840) attempts during his two-round tournament run.
"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 through February, 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 points scored in each match-up would advance to the next round.
In an effort to avoid ties, the following scoring system will be used: shots 1-10 are worth 1 point each, shots 11-15 are worth 2 points each, shots 16-20 are worth three points, shots 21-24 are worth four points and shot 25 is worth five points.
The event is administered by collegeinsider.com in conjunction with the American Heart Association and the Skip Prosser Foundation. For additional tournament information, go to http://www.collegeinsider.com/shots/.