Postseason continues for Dwight Miller and Tennessee Volunteers

By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorrsett@tribunemedia.net SELECTION Sunday has passed and no school with Bahamian players featured on their rosters received an invitation to the NCAA men's tournament. However, the postseason will continue for Dwight Miller and the Tennessee Volunteers. The Volunteers were granted a No.1 seed in the 75th edition of the NIT, slated for March 13-29. Tennessee is expected to begin play 8pm tonight in the opening round against the eighth ranked seed in the bracket, Savannah State - the game will be aired live on ESPNU. Other No.1 seeds in the NIT include the Seton Hall Pirates, Arizona Wildcats and Pac 10 regular season champions Washington Huskies. The Volunteers' NCAA tournament bid ended in the SEC quarterfinals despite a first-round bye when they lost 77-72 to Ole Miss. In 21 games this season, the 6'8" Miller has averaged 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. His best outing came with a 10-point, seven-rebound performance in a 73-60 win over Ole Miss on February 22. The Volunteers ended the regular season, reeling off wins in eight of their last nine outings following a loss to Kentucky on January 31. It was an up-and-down year for Miller in his return to NCAA Division I basketball, including spot duty in the Volunteers' 61-56 loss to his former team, the Pittsburgh Panthers. Miller saw 13 minutes of action with two points, two rebounds and a block in a reserve role. He spent last season with Midland College of the National Junior College Athletic Association where he led the Chaparrals to the NJCAA title game. Miller began his collegiate career with the Pittsburgh Panthers in the Big East Conference. He had a redshirt freshman season and played sparingly during his tenure in 16 contests in his sophomore campaign. Transfer Miller opted to transfer to a junior college to avoid the NCAA rule of sitting out an entire year before transferring from one D-I school to another. He was ranked the nation's 10th-best junior-college prospect by top flight recruiting website JucoJunction.com. After the departure of nationally renowned head coach Bruce Pearl, the Volunteers made Miller a part of the first recruiting class under the new regime of Cuonzo Martin. Miller was the fifth member of Martin's current signing class, joining guards Chris Jones, Wes Washpun, Josh Richardson and Quinton Chievous.


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