Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller talks about his five favorite games:
Georgia, Dec. 7, 2011
Tech won 68-56 in Athens, breaking a 13-game losing streak at Stegeman Coliseum. Miller scored 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting with nine rebounds and four blocks.
“They really want to win, and you know they want to. We want to win, and the coaches really want that game, and my family was pumped up about it because they got a chance to kind of show them I went to Georgia Tech for a reason. (Miller signed with Tech after being released from Georgia following the firing of coach Dennis Felton) … We outhustled ’em, outplayed ’em. I think I made every shot that game. … I’ll remember that one forever.”
Maryland, Feb. 27, 2013
Tech beat the Terrapins 78-68 at McCamish Pavilion. Miller was 12-for-12 from the free-throw line, tying for Tech’s fourth-best all-time free-throw effort.
“It was a big goal for me to kind of shut down Alex Len because he was such a high draft prospect. … That was kind of like a big win for our first year in McCamish, and I just thought I did really well on Len, and I made the 12 free throws, and I tied somebody or almost tied somebody with that. But it was a fun atmosphere, and (the team) just dominated the whole game.”
Miami, March 6, 2013
On the road, the Jackets upset then-No. 6 Miami 71-69, denying the Hurricanes the chance to clinch the outright ACC regular-season title. Miller scored a career-high 17 points.
“Nobody expected us to win that game, and we went in ready to fight, and it was just really fun game. … Everybody played well, and we kind of just snuck in right there at the end. Marcus (Georges-Hunt) got that tip-in. That was just a really good moment. That was a lot of fun.”
Illinois, Dec. 3, 2013
Miller scored nine points, including his first game-winner with 24 seconds left, as Tech won 67-64 to give the Illini their first loss of the season and avenge a loss from last season.
“It’s always fun to grab a win, especially for the ACC with the (Big Ten/ACC) Challenge going on. It was fun to get ’em back. (On the game-winning shot), I was right inside the (3-point arc), so I didn’t really know what I was doing with the ball. I was looking to pass it to anybody, but then I just got a little confidence and did my thing.”
Wake Forest, Feb. 1, 2014
Miller piled up 16 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks as the Jackets beat the Demon Deacons 79-70 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
“A lot of guys stepped up because that’s when Trae (Golden) got hurt. I thought (walk-on) Ronnie (Wamer) came in and played really well, and Corey (Heyward) had to step up a lot and not just be kind of the secondary point guard. I thought he did a great job. (Robert Carter) was out and (Kammeon Holsey) was a beast that game.”