Miller, whose productivity has steadily declined over the last few games, had his best game of the last season in Rupp Arena against Tennessee. The 6-foot-6 wing was just about perfect against the Volunteers. He scored 17 points and dished out six assists, on 6-6 shooting from the field (three of those were three pointers) and 2-2 from the free throw line. He added 3 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Miller's contribution helped the Cats breeze by Tenneseee 77-55.
At the time some people thought that Miller was fired up to meet his former high school rival, Scotty Hopson, who scored 14 in the same contest. Whatever the reason, UK fans are hoping Miller reacquires some spirit, and soon.
Since the Arkansas game in late January when he dropped 18 on the Hogs, Miller's productivity has really dropped off. He has lost his starting job and has scored a total of five points in the last five games. Coach John Calipari has reduced his playing time to 8-9 minutes per game of late and seems to be favoring DeAndre Liggins for the same minutes.
Miller showed a lot of promise at the first of the season and despite the success Kentucky has achieved with DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall carrying the load, the Cats will need to be firing on ALL cylinders when the NCAA Tournament comes roiling around.
Can Darius use a rematch against his old nemesis Scotty Hopson as motivation to break out of the funk? Cat fans sure hope so.