The Kentucky Wildcats are 27-1, undefeated in the Southeastern Conference and ranked first in the nation. Their roster is loaded with future NBA prospects, any of which could come up with a big play to spark the Cats in March.
But one player will have a much greater impact on Kentucky’s fortunes in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament than the rest—Darius Miller.
Despite being one of the least heralded Wildcat players, Miller is among its most talented. His name is often not brought up in NBA draft discussions simply because of his inconsistencies.
When Miller is on, however, he is tough to stop.
Kentucky’s freshman-filled lineup has done quite well for itself so far this season, but undoubtedly when March rolls around, it will face some adversity. And that is when it will be Miller’s time to step up.
Despite averaging just under 10 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, Miller is capable of taking over games and leading his team to a win. Nowhere will his skills be needed more in the NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky can survive games in which Miller does not play his best, but in order to survive March Madness, with every team playing their best basketball, he will need to step up.