Feb. 28, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller won his fourth-round match to advance in the "Shots From the Heart" free throw contest.
Miller made 24 of 25 free throws earlier this month, scoring a total of 53 points to defeat Andy Kennedy of Mississippi, who also made 24 of 25 attempts and scored 52 points, in the head coaches' tournament. Miller missed shot 19, worth three points, while Kennedy missed shot 24, worth four points, which was the difference in the match.
Through the first four rounds of the event, Miller has connected on 97-of-100 free throws (.970) and scored 217 of a possible 224 points.
Miller advances to this month's fifth round to face either Bruce Weber of Illinois or Travis Ford of Oklahoma State. 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 last four coaches remaining. The other half of the bracket features Ray McCallum of Detroit vs. Buzz Peterson of UNC-Wilmington in the national semifinal.
"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.