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Darius’ D(r)ubbing

“There’s so much in a name, and so much more in you.”
-Common 

 

It’s not often that we can single out a single player that keyed a demoralizing win (and it may not even be fair to do so now), but color me impressed by Darius Miller.

 

His coming off the bench (in some games) is less about his ability and more about wanting to bring in some scoring and leadership, and it’s a role he’s really stepped into and filled with aplomb. Last night’s performance, though, really showed a different side of him:

 

“Ice Cold Killer” Miller.

 

We’ve lamented in the past his tendency to turn into “Disappearius” Miller, but I’ll be the first (probably not the first) to declare Disappearius officially expired, defunct, kicked the bucket. You want plain english? Disappearius is D-E-D, dead.  What had, ’til now, been a known quantity suddenly took on an aggressive, lethal edge that we’d seen glimpses of in the past, but never quite so efficiently as this.

 

Here’s an actual Darius-centric excerpt from my notes last night as I was watching the game:

 

  • darius miller 3/3 early
  • make that 4/4
  • 5/5
  • 6/6
  • wat
  • Missed first shot with 10:34 left in the 2d half
  • 7/8
  • 4/4 downtown… unreeeeeeal

 

Really, the whole team played sparking-clean offense through most of the game, excepting the ten minutes or so. Their defense and hustle weren’t bad either (how much did I love seeing Terrence hit the deck at half court to fight for a loose ball when UK was up fourteen?). So for Darius to shine over and above what was a really good game for the rest of the team by all accounts is a testament to just how impressive he was. It wasn’t quite the Anthony Davis/Arkansas game, but Miller personified the “silent assassin” last night with his quiet-yet-almost-perfect performance.

 

I had until recently been a firm believer that I would want Lamb taking any last-second shots that we may need, but I think I may have to reconsider. I understand that it’s just one game, but really the game was just the latest example of the steady, dependable play I’ve come to expect from him. On a team full of scoring options, the night that Darius became the sixth double-digit scorer may be the night that, for me, he bid adieu to his nefarious alter-ego and became “Ice Cold Killer” Miller. Or Scarius Miller. Or any other cool nickname you can think of. I’m just throwing those out there; if you don’t like them, you can throw them right back.

 

The bottom line is this: Miller is now that senior leader that we not only expect things from, but rely on to produce whatever it is the team needs.  Struggling on the glass?  Miller will get some rebounds.  Down a few points?  Miller three.  No presence inside?  Miller post-up.  He’s just so versatile, and it looks like he’s finally out for blood.  Fantastic.

 

Check out the article posted on CoachCal.com after I wrote this.  Seems like Darius caught more than a few people’s attention.

Article written by Corey Nichols

46 Comments for Darius’ D(r)ubbing



  1. :-(
    9:05 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Your writing style can be hard to interpret. Quit trying to be cute with your words and focus more on the quality of your posts.



  2. GBB
    9:08 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    link fail



  3. Mr Obvious
    9:09 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    aplomb?? really?



  4. notnotnotnotntontontontonotnotnotnotnotnotnotnotnotnotn
    9:12 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    meep



  5. Word of the Day: aplomb
    9:13 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Appreciate the humor and form of writing you use. If I’m looking for a professional, unbiased (well…eh), dry analysis, I go to ESPN. They just be hatin’



  6. ktmiln2
    9:17 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Keep it up, awesome post and love the flow of the writing.



  7. Another Perspective
    9:18 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t necessarily agree that “Disappearius” is really D-E-D dead but I, too, enjoyed thie latest resurrection.



  8. Lay off
    9:20 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    He’s a better writer than 95% of us. However, he apparently takes notes during games in comic sans.



  9. Cat fan
    9:21 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Miller = stud



  10. REAL BLY
    9:23 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Is Corey a guy…er….a girl??? Anyway…Nice win!!!! GO CATSSS!!!!



  11. :-(
    9:23 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Corey is a prime example of how KSR employs equal opportunity amongst its writers. Even a mediocre writer such as himself is given a moment in the spotlight. Now, let us pray that Darius bestows his old nickname (disappearous) upon Mr. Nichols so we can all be spared the migraine from trying to decipher any more of his posts.



  12. Daniel
    9:24 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Love KSR but stupid post, jokes are dull and childish



  13. I'll Say it Again
    9:24 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Link doesn’t work and please get the widget fixed for the radio show! Its been down for like 3 weeks now?!?! Its the ONLY way some people can listen.



  14. Chris
    9:25 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Corey it says your link doesn’t exist kind of like Louisville



  15. bluebiscuit
    9:26 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like Mrs. Carbuncle in post #1 got distracted while grading papers for her high school sophomore English class, and started grading KSR instead. Surprised that post isn’t in red ink.



  16. Don
    9:26 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t care for your writing style overall. Miller’s night, while special, is also expected.



  17. Matt D
    9:27 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    What I love about Darius is his play speed. Many of the slashers on UK either grab and shoot, pass, or sprint toward the basket. Darius’ pace of play is exceptional. His ability to penetrate the zone with a few bounces and find open shooters is remarkable. If he had better ball handling skills I think he could be a great, and tall, point guard. He is the anomoly on the team, but if we ever play against syracuse, we’ll need him…. badly. He penetrates, then turns to the basket and makes floaters over shorter defenders, or he draws people in and finds outside shooters. When he and Lamb are on the floor together and the ball is in Miller’s hands, I feel like the Cats are going to score. My only complaint, is that often he doesn’t look to shoot off ball screens. Perhaps this is b/c Cal would punch him if he took more shots and early in the shot clock, but how many times does Miller get the ball, wide open, then immediately pass. I just think he should be taking more than 6-8 shots a game, and should have more of the offense run through him. Thoughts?



  18. yeah first!!
    9:27 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Come on guys leave the writers alone. Look who put the site together. you have to take it for what it is. Have you heard Thee matt jones hosting his show? This is the guy in charge of the writers of this site. So how can you slam? It’s like shooting fish in a barrel? And who will shoot fish in a barrel? losers.



  19. Ron Paul Approves
    9:29 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Aplomb. Good word, bro.



  20. EyewearMan
    9:29 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Goodness Gracious… Give Corey and the other writers a break. Darius Miller was on fire towards the end of the 1st half. He was calling for the ball, and he was shooting with confidence! Great to see, and hope to see more of that the rest of the season. His floater is unguardable, and when he is knocking them down from 3, you gotta give him the rock! He needed more shots last night!



  21. Captain Obvious
    9:30 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino’s perception on the recruiting trail is not good.
    http://isportsweb.com/2012/01/25/college-basketball-recruiting-q-a-1-25-12/



  22. PACatFan
    9:31 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I love Darius, wish he got to 20 pts. Did anyone else though feel like UK was not playing that well? At the end of the game you think we’d be up 20-25, but we only scored 57 pts. I felt that the amount of mistakes was way too much with mishandled passes and poor turnovers. I keep waiting for them to show there potential. Jimmy Dykes said that he thinks UK and Cuse are playing the best ball right now. If that’s true, I’d be scared to see what UK would look like if they played a complete game.



  23. Yo
    9:33 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Reappearious!



  24. Drats! Foiled Again
    9:35 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I was hoping that you would be moving to ksrcollege so I would never have to read your garbage again.



  25. Some Guy
    9:35 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I very much wanted Cal to just say give it to Miller to shoot 20 shots. It was his night and no one else could seem to score. See if Georgia could stop him, which they could not.



  26. Chris
    9:38 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #21 way to go a link that works Corey may need to get your help with his links



  27. Kyle Almek
    9:38 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Disappearius is D-E-A*-D.



  28. cristoforouk
    9:45 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Darius exemplifies the team player. As noted, whatever the team needs, he usually delivers. And that’s not always points. He gets a bad rap from a lot of fans and will be hugely missed next year. Ryan Harrow told Larry Vaught that Darius is the best player on the team.

    Is it just me or does it seem like Cal sometimes holds Darius back? Darius has gotten on a roll before only to be yanked out for something minor while other guys get away with their mistakes. I’ve never understood that. It seems like Darius is on a shorter leash than others. And I agree with the way Darius was playing last night, Cal should have been calling his number every time down the floor. Could have had 30 easily.



  29. Brett
    9:49 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    “whole team played sparkling offense throughout the game”.

    Did you miss A) the entire second half?
    B) our final score in the 50s?



  30. barn
    9:57 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    29)Did you notice C)we won by 13?



  31. Don
    9:58 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Good Ramel Bradley read: http://www.jpost.com/Sports/Article.aspx?id=203744

    “If I had to sum up my time at Kentucky in one word, it would be ‘rockstar,’” Bradley says. “Everyone wants to know where you are, everyone’s watching what you do every day.”



  32. Tony Dizelk
    10:03 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    He’ll be the main man come tournament time. Miller was clutch in last year’s tournaments and he’ll lead us to #8 this year!



  33. Al's IndiCats
    10:11 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Damn! I’m happy for you CorEy that we won last night. I can only imagine what they (the folks who B and C) would say to you had we lost. The old saying goes if you’re not happy with what you’re watching or reading……then don’t watch it or read it, sounds pretty simple to me.
    Here in Indy, we very seldom EVER get anything written about UK, or anything else that doesn’t pertain to the Big Ten, Big (L)east or the Colts and Pacers. I enjoy anything that has to do with the CATS….#pointblankperiod. If whoever’s writting it and it gets boring, I just move on. Now if CorEy is shlepping your female members for your family, have at him. Tear him apart if you wish, but damn guys going for the juggler all the time…..that gets old!

    ………Sincerely, CorEy’s Uncle

    Go CATS!!!!!!!!



  34. MasterBlaster
    10:26 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I have to agree with #29. There has been nothing mentioned by KSR, to my knowledge, about scoring only 19 2nd half points against a clearly inferior team. While Darius did show up and the team’s stat lines are fairly clean, this was not a very good performance. The team is still missing the killer instinct they will need in March and on the road at Vandy, MSU, and FL.



  35. Simple Jack
    10:30 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I personally loved the fact that we did not have
    To sit on the edge of our seats last night.
    It was settled early.



  36. SturgBob
    10:31 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    24, 16, 11, 3, 1… I don’t know how you can complain about the flow of his writing or the words he is using. It doesn’t take much knowledge in English to instantly be able to understand the meaning of a word without knowing its definition. also if you all attempted to write a post every day, or even once a week, I am willing to bet that the few people who didn’t lose every brain cell before they finished reading it would slam everything you had to say



  37. Simple Jack
    10:40 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    These Teague hatters have stepped over the line and have gone “Full Retard”.



  38. Nickname
    10:55 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    The word “Killer” should not be utilized in any players nickname, especially KY players. Next thing you know they’ll be calling themselves soldiers going to war before a game.



  39. catsfan54
    11:28 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    good post – i like “Scarius”. he really was scary good at times last night. Dissappearius is quickly evolving into Scarius at the right time 🙂



  40. catsfan54
    11:30 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    i don’t get the title of the post though. a bit of a stretch i think.



  41. Dr. Tom
    11:55 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Great post Corey! Please everyone just enjoy this “free” site and don’t act like you are a college professor critiquing a Ph.D. dissertation. Corey’s post was very insightfull and was really an appropriate analysis of Darius’ play last night. I loved Miller’s play especially seeing him clapping his hands when wanting the ball.



  42. Musehobo
    1:09 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony Davis has one good (offensive) game and we declare him National Player of the Year. The next game he can’t hit a layup. Miller shows up for one game and we declare disappearius dead? I think in order to declare him dead he has to do this a few more times.



  43. This Guy
    1:22 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Darius Miller had a good game, no one can deny that. I loved his aggression during the end of the first half and he was the main reason we were up by double digits going into halftime. What bothered me about his performance is the fact that his aggression didnt carry over into the second half of the game. He scored 13 points in the first half and only 6 in the second half. I was a little dissappointed that Cal didnt start him the second half, but either way he was too passive in the second part of the game. I can recall two open 3 threes he passed up early in the half which resulted in turnovers from him trying to make unncecessary passes. When your hot, your hot, shoot the ball, that goes for any of the players. Darius played a good game, but why not make it a great game? Go for 25 or 26 points. The same goes for Kentucky’s overall play as a team during the game. They played good, I mean they have pretty much every game this season, but dont settle for winning by 13 when you can win by 25. We still need to learn to put teams away when we have the chance. As for Darius, I am not trying knock his game last night, he played good, but at the end of the game he left me feeling as if he could have done just a little bit more.



  44. JoeDaddy
    2:07 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    If Miller can play like he did last night on a consistant basis and Teague play better than good for the month of March we just might hang #8 in early April.



  45. JBR
    2:59 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    43, dead on. Darius has one good game (and I am happy for him, I hope he keeps it up), but one game does not make a season. Everyone is piling on Jones and praising Darius. Now, Jones is past frustrating…but his problems are more on IQ…Jones does play hard, all of the time. Yes, he is a head case at times, but he is a warrior. Darius is soft…he hits a few threes, and he is an all american. What was the rest of his stat line (rebounds and assists)? I hope Darius continues to improve, but history has shown us, just like the second half, that he will retreat back to mediocrity. The difference in Jones and Miller…you can’t fix stupid, but playing like a wuss is a choice…



  46. Catsfando
    4:27 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    45 I’d like to disagree with you on the Jones vs. Miller comparison you just made. First and foremost there is no comparison in stats unless you want to do it on a per minute basis. Jones gets more minutes than Miller thus he should have a higher scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, etc. However when you look at per game averages Jones Leads Miller only slightly in points per game avg. has less assists per game avg. has more turnovers per game avg. about the same in steals and Jones does have a greater rebounding margin. As for physical play, Jones has the body for it, but does not like to mix it up. Coach has been on him all season to be more of a man around the basket. He has his own disappearing act when it gets tough down low. Jones could easily be the best player on the team if not for his own tendencies to just drift off, pout, sulk, or whatever his problem of the day is. Darius is a multifaceted played who plays excellent defense all the time, hustles all the time, thinks team first, can take it off the bounce, post his man up, shoot the 3, the offense runs smoother when he is in the game. He handles the ball fairly well, is an intelligent player, and has a great attitude. Jones for the last 4 or 5 games has been playing better and harder, it’s good because he needed to. he absolutely should be averaging 15 to 17 points a game and about 8 rebounds. The only thing holding Jones back is in Jones head. If you’ll watch Darius work against zones, because hardly anyone plays us man on man. He will take the ball on the bounce into the heart of the zone trying to draw contact while shooting that little 8 footer or half hook. He’s not just an outside shooter. The mans got skills. I believe he’s been directed by Coach on how much to shoot and what kind of shots to take.The guy would be starting almost anywhere else. The people that constantly slam Miller amaze me. Could he score more? Yes, but there already are not enough shots to go around on this team. If Teague and Gilchrist ever figure out they are not 3 point shooters and get their shots from closer in that will increase our offense immensely.