Feb. 5, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller won his third-round match to advance in the "Shots From the Heart" free throw contest.
Miller made 24 of 25 free throws last month, scoring a total of 53 points to defeat Steve Donahue of Boston College, who made 20 of 25 attempts and scored 50 points, in the head coaches' tournament.
Through the first three rounds of the event, Miller has connected on 73-of-75 free throws (.973) and scored 164 of a possible 168 points.
Miller advances to this month's fourth round to face Andy Kennedy of Mississippi. Kennedy downed Xavier's Chris Mack, 53-46. Shooting will be completed in the next two weeks.
It marks the second time in the event's two seasons that Miller has advanced to the Elite Eight. Other fourth-round matches include Travis Ford (Oklahoma State) vs. Bruce Weber (Illinois), Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State) vs. Ray McCallum (Detroit), Will Brown (Albany) vs. Buzz Peterson (UNC Wilmington).
"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 www.collegeinsider.com/shots.