Miller likes being on the team, too. UK?reached the Elite Eight in 2010 after failing to make the NCAA tournament in 2008 in coach Billy Gillispie's second and final season. Last year Kentucky got to the Final Four before losing in the semifinals. Now UK?goes into the season as a consensus top-five team.
"We have big expectations with this team," Miller said. "We're going to come out and have a target on our back. Hopefully we can go all through and win a championship."
Miller said the expectation level is high because Kentucky followers expect the Wildcats to win the championship "every year" no matter what.
"It's tough," Miller said. "But that's also motivation for us."
Notice the word "us" he used. That's Miller. It's always about the team, not him. That's why he'll never have eye-popping statistics. He'll let John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and others do the things that get more attention. He'll be content just filling the stat line like he has since his championship days at Mason County.