Nov. 3, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona head men's basketball coach Sean Miller, one of the finest free throw shooters in college basketball history, will be back in action this season to raise awareness for heart disease and to honor the memory of a coach and friend.
Miller, who begins his second season at Arizona in 2010-11, will participate in a season-long free throw contest featuring basketball coaches from across the country with the goal of creating awareness for the fight against heart disease and honoring the memory of former college coach Skip Prosser.
"Shots from the Heart" 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.
"I'm really looking forward to participating in this event, not just to raise awareness for the battle against heart disease, but to honor the memory of Skip Prosser," said Miller. "He and I share a connection as former coaches at Xavier, and I have a great deal of respect for him. I was honored to be invited and am definitely willing to help in this cause."
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.
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.
The event is scheduled to begin on Nov. 15. Miller, placed in the West region of the bracket, will face Stephen F. Austin head coach Danny Kasper in the first round.
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.