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Caulton Tudor

Archie Miller emerges as NCAA's big winner

Posted March 28, 2014

The top three winners so far in this NCAA Tournament:

1. Archie Miller

No matter what happens when the former N.C. State guard and his Dayton Flyers face top-ranked Florida in Saturday’s South Regional title game, Miller almost certainly is going to remain the biggest individual winner of the 2014 tourney.

Miller, 35 and in his third season, already has given the OK to a 5-year contract extension with the Flyers.

Considering his market value, that decision seems a little rash. It’s also completely in tune with his character and personality.

As a player and assistant at State, Miller quickly established a reputation as a person of class on and off the court. He was a total credit to the school, Herb Sendek’s program and the basketball-rich Miller Family legacy.

He won’t jump ship simply to capitalize on the moment, but it’s difficult to imagine Dayton holding onto Miller for several more seasons.

2. Pac-12 Conference

With three teams in the Sweet 16 and Arizona still in the chase, the entire tournament has been an ongoing plus for the league.

What’s more, the future is looking brighter by the day. UCLA clearly is on the way back up and fast under Steve Alford and Arizona obviously is going to be a consistent top-10 program as long as Sean Miller stays. 

Colorado, Arizona State, Utah and California exceeded preseason expectations with ease.  That’s what happens when a league makes good, solid coaching hires.

3. Mid Majors

Thanks to Dayton, Creighton, Wichita State, Mercer and San Diego State and Saint Louis, programs outside the heavyweight circle have served the so-called second- and third-tier leagues very well.

Taking into account what Wichita State, Virginia Commonwealth, Butler and George Mason have done in recent seasons, it’s becoming much easier for the Selection Committee to beyond the traditional at-large pool.

For the mega conferences – the ACC being the most obvious – it could be a disturbing trend.

It only stands to reason that the better the perceived little guys do, the more difficult it’s going to be for ACC’s Nos. 6 through 9 teams to catch a break on future Selection Sundays.

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  • Hammerhead Mar 30, 2014

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    To be continued next weekend.

  • NothingButNet Mar 30, 2014

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    Yep - guess it's all he's got, a legend in his own mind.

  • Hammerhead Mar 30, 2014

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    'Tis a strange obsession.

  • NothingButNet Mar 30, 2014

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    Was thinking the same thing, Hammer. I don't see ANY references by other posters being "graduates". Big Bird is the only one who constantly brings up graduating from schools, as if that's a requirement for posting.

  • Hammerhead Mar 29, 2014

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    So it's OK for you to offer opinions about every single school in spite of the fact that you are not a graduate? OK.

  • natsfan1965 Mar 29, 2014

    Wake needs to cough up the money and hire this man. He would be a great hire for them.

  • vt94hokies Mar 28, 2014

    Dawkins will never be the HC at Duke. People write on here like they are a graduate. It's OK to love a team, but some on here don't know Jack. I'll take a poor personality like Wojo over Dawkins anytime. The Duke rich will never hire Johnny Dawkins. His personality is dismal. He got his job only because of Coach K.

  • vt94hokies Mar 28, 2014

    Archie Miller is a motivational coach. He has proven this in his short tenure. Wake Forest doesn't have the stuff to spend on someone like him. Wellman is a total joke. In two years Buzz will be the word. Coach K and Roy will not be the kings in the ACC. VT will rise up with a proven coach. Still like Dike and Coach K over Roy. Roy's past interviews totally turn me off. Jim Boeheim is a total hater of the acc. Rick Pitino is about the same.

  • Big Mike Mar 28, 2014

    The problem with the ACC is the teams that were once the power teams in America have no multiple senior leadership..it's always one and done with the super star freshmen..Look at Duke..great example..! But sad for the overall conference.

  • Deacons Mar 28, 2014

    If Wake Forest's AD has any sense at all he will bring him in, at least for an interview.

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