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Darius Miller update

Like a modern-day Paul Revere

Darius Miller and his USA World University Games team played their first real game against Mexico early this morning. The team trailed at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Mexicans 65-30 in the second half and cruised to a 108-67 win. Darius had two points on 1-5 shooting and chipped in eight rebounds in 19 minutes of action. Offensively, he wasn’t as good as the team’s Thursday exhibition win over the Chinese professional team, New Century, in which he had seven points in 17 minutes, but his rebounding stayed consistent.

So far, at eight rebounds per game, Darius is second on the team to Trevor Mbakwe of Minnesota who is averaging nine boards per contest. Darius is playing in a position (power forward) that he likely won’t see much time in during the collegiate season, but his contributions as a role player on this World University Games team are significant. If Darius can provide this kind of productivity, in addition to the increased offense that he should experience with his normal minutes, UK’s senior leader could prove to be the key performer down the stretch and in March.

Article written by Matthew Hays

23 Comments for Darius Miller update

  1. Mr Schwump
    2:37 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    How do you say “disappearious” in Chinese?

  2. mike
    2:42 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    2 points is pretty embarassing…same old Darius….continues to ride the roller coaster.

  3. Bill Curry
    2:44 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    I do’t really know why, but when I read that we “outscored the Mexicans” it made me actually lol a little haha. And I hardly ever lol.

  4. stevie
    2:56 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    He is the same Darius. He will never be
    anything more than a supporting cast.

  5. I Ain't Lee
    3:07 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    How do you say “Mr. Schwump is a cowardly, negative jackass” in Chinese? And if anyone knows who he is, you would laugh even more. Let’s put it this way-he would never speak this way to Darius’ face. Enough said.

  6. the truth
    3:08 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Yea, the same darius who was sec tournament mvp this past season

  7. JMFATZ47
    3:18 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Give it a rest, D Mill will get it done for us this year…..

  8. Mr Schwump
    3:25 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    I have no respect for the incredible dedication and many successes that Darius Miller has provided for UK basketball over the past 3 years- Especially considering he’s the SEC Tourney MVP who was the main reason we won the tournament. Also, I have no respect for my country and I definitely don’t like how Darius is being a great teammate and defensive force in a Team USA offense that is very guard-oriented.

    Basically I’m an idiot and although “disappearious” is not a word in English or Chinese, I do know the Chinese translation for “manatee feces” and that would be “Mr Schwump”

  9. Mr Schwump
    3:59 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Yep, your boy did a great job vs UCONN, right. 7 pts and not on the floor at crunch time…great player. Sure.

  10. Mr. Bill
    4:10 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    There’s no need to attack Darius; but 2 points on 1-5 shooting is clearly pretty awful.

  11. rocky d
    4:18 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    some still think he’s better than Gilchrist..bbbwwwaaahhhahahah

  12. cdc_uky
    4:37 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    No reason to knock on the disappearious comment. Miller has not shown consistent play in all of his time at UK. Even the coaches have said he has all of the potential in the world but can’t put it together during games. It has to be mental and every year at this time everyone is hoping he develops killer instinct to turn the corner. I hope he does but I am done being optimistic about it.

  13. I Ain't Lee
    4:48 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Yes there is a reason to knock on the disapearious comment. This Mr. Schwump (and I know who he is) is a weak coward who can’t show his face. Instead, he hides behind his foolish name. By the way, is it a good thing to knock UK players? Would you like to see Darius Miller off the UK roster? I thought not.

  14. Mr. Schwump's Illegitimate Child
    5:05 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    I is sorry for my Daddy.

  15. Agree
    5:16 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    No use in bashing the kid but he does and has diapered alot during his career. Miller can give you 20+ ppg for 2-3 games and turn around and have 5 games he doesn’t see double digits. The kid is way inconsistent.

  16. exiledfan
    5:17 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    We also have no idea what sort of game this was and how the offense was running – to where was it running? Did Darius have a 6’10” guy on him? Was he gaurding a 6’10” guy? We just don’t know. Was a particular match-up a great advantage? Was he neutralizing an important player? Was a certain offensive set working, one that did not include him? So why attack with no knowledge of the game?!

  17. Irishhooliganx
    5:31 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Schwump.
    When was the last time you played college ball or were invited
    to represent the USA?

    Oh. Yeah. I forgot.

    Suck off, man.

  18. stevie
    5:43 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not getting down on Darius.
    I have said all along that he is
    nothing more than a supporting player.
    I’m not making light of this.

    He plays with intensity and heart, but
    he lacks the raw ability to be anything
    other than a supporting player.

  19. TT
    7:21 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    17)they scored 108 points as a team. Whatever defense they were playing wasn’t working. Darius scored 2 points , it is embarrassing. btw..he scored 8 points in the previous game ,which is well average at best. I think Darius is a beast is probably a beast in practice and pick up games. When the spotlight is on he pretty much sucks. I doubt he is the 6th beat player on this years team.

  20. exedfan
    7:40 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    20– did you see the game? So you don’t know. Maybe he did disappear maybe he didn’t. They trailed early. Then maybe it turned into a running guard game. All I am saying is that there is a rush to criticize (or bash) without seeing the game.

  21. just saying
    8:57 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    16- “Miller can give you 20+ ppg for 2-3 games and turn around and have 5 games he doesn’t see double digits”,

    Im sorry but when is a kid that has not been regarded as a NBA ready player disappearing by giving 20+ PPG?? Darius Miller has never been “the man”, and I doubt he will be this year either. If he can average 9-11ppg and add in 6-8 rpg, UK will be impossible to beat.

  22. RealTalk
    11:20 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Darius is da man

  23. HuntsVegas
    2:46 am August 14, 2011 Permalink

    D A R I U S.