Miller's reserve role bolstered Kentucky

By Colin Fly

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 30 2012 2:45 a.m. MDT

The first two years he played the Cardinals, he didn't score a point. He's never reached double figures against them, and in Kentucky's 69-62 victory on Dec. 31 he managed more turnovers (a career-high eight) than points (seven).

"The rivalry is huge," Miller said. "It's been nice for me to grow up in the type of environment like that, being able to see it my whole life. There's been some great games."

Knowing so much, Miller has learned exactly what to tell his teammates about it — nothing at all.

"I don't even tell them, really. I don't try to feed into it or anything. That just puts more pressure on the team. That's something we don't need," Miller said. "If somebody asks me about it, I'll be like, 'Yes, it's a big rivalry for people in the state.' But they don't need to worry about that.

"They just need to worry about playing basketball."

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