Darius Miller: Kentucky Wildcats' MVP

Tim DanielContributor IIIMarch 9, 2011

LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 01: Darius Miller #1 of the Kentucky Wildcatsshoots the ball during the SEC game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Rupp Arena on March 1, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky.  Kentucky won 68-66. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Throughout this season, John Calipari has demanded that DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller step up and take a leadership role for the Wildcats.  Liggins and Miller are both juniors for the squad and are a big part of the team's success. 

Miller, in my opinion, really has stood out for Kentucky and more than once took over the game, which is why he gets my vote for MVP.

When you put Miller's stats next to Brandon Knight or Terrence Jones, it doesn't look like he was the key to success.

But following the tough loss at Ole Miss, where Miller only scored three points, he stepped his game up, averaged 12.2 points per game, including a 22 point performance against South Carolina and a game-changing 24 points against Florida.

Miller has made key rebounds on both sides of the ball, including the play of the year, chasing down a offensive board against Florida that kept the Wildcats in front and played a big part in winning the game.

When Miller is on fire, Kentucky is also on fire, and this is going to be a big part of the Cats' success moving forward into Atlanta and beyond. When Miller plays the way he has the last nine games, Kentucky is going to be a tough team to beat.