Miller on facing alma mater: ‘About winning’

GREENSBORO, N.C.– Xavier train Sean Miller still agonizes when he thinks of the last time– the only time, in fact– he has actually trained versus his university.

Miller, a Western Pennsylvania citizen and also previous point player at Pitt, last took on versus the Panthers in 2009 in what would certainly end up being his last video game at Xavier prior to leaving for Arizona. The Musketeers had an excellent group and also took 1-seed Pitt to the cord in a Wonderful 16 face-off, just to see their event fantasizes end in a 60-55 loss.

Fourteen years later on, Miller remains in his initial period back at Xavier, and also it’s that sting of a loss that indicates a lot more going into Sunday’s match versus 11-seed Pitt, even more than any kind of fondness for his university.

” I’m much older [now],” Miller stated of this weekend break’s rematch with Pitt. “I would certainly claim as high as I like Pitt, it has to do with winning the video game and also reaching the Sugary food 16. I have a soft place for them, and also I make sure it’s no various for them, yet you reach this round, the reward is so considerable for your group and also your college that that’s my emphasis.”

Miller bet Pitt from 1987-88 with 1991-92, balancing 10 factors and also 5.8 aids a video game throughout his profession and also helping on among the college’s most renowned plays, a substantial dunk by Jerome Lane that ruined the backboard versus Divine superintendence in 1988.

” The something concerning that play,” Miller stated, “is no person can ever before charge you of not playing. Every [January] you advise them that you at the very least might dribble and also pass.”

Miller in fact participated in an event to swear in Lane right into the Pitt Hall of Popularity in 2015, he stated, and also he has actually stayed near the college– though he stated Saturday he had actually never ever resembled taking a mentoring task there.

Miller fulfilled his other half at Pitt and also still has countless friends and family in the location, yet he stated Sunday’s video game is all service.

Xavier won its first-round video game versus Kennesaw State after eliminating a 13-point second-half deficiency, while Pitt fought with a First 4 video game prior tostifling Iowa State on Friday Miller stated his group will certainly require to fire much much better than it did versus Kennesaw State if it intends to prevent the distress.

” My hope is we can play much better and also be a lot more regular,” Miller stated. “We had some truly great minutes [against Kennesaw State] yet we weren’t as regular as we wished to be.”

Xavier hasn’t made it past the 2nd round of the event considering that 2016-17, which is likewise Miller’s last journey past the 2nd round as a train, after that with Arizona.

” What I keep in mind around [the last time coaching against Pitt] is that they carried on and also played Villanova,” Miller stated. “We were a play far from doing the very same point. The event, why it’s so terrific, is if you progress, it’s the best sensation on the planet. … That’s why we need to make it through, why we need to go to our ideal.”

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