Miller’s efficiency leading the Racers to hot start

Murray State is off to a 5-1 start this season — their best start since Isaiah Canaan’s senior year of 2012-13. No surprise, a good chunk of their early-season success falls on the shoulders of returning First Team All-OVC forward Terrell Miller.

While we’re just six games into the year, Miller is averaging 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Those numbers are on par with what he accomplished last year en route to earning All-OVC honors. This year, though, Miller’s efficiency has improved on the offensive end.

In 2016-17, Miller averaged 11.7 shots per game, shooting 39.6% from 3-point range and 53.9% inside the arc. This season, Miller is taking 10.5 shots per game, but has seen his 3-point percentage move up to 40.7% and his 2-point percentage leap to 69.4%. That’s why Murray State coach Matt McMahon has emphasized getting the ball to Miller on the low block this season.

“I just think he’s such a good scorer around the basket,” McMahon said. “He’s very skilled. He understand angles. He’s a guy who warrants double-teams at times, which opens up shots for other guys. He’ll always be a focal point for us. Just his versatility makes him a tough cover, because he can score inside and he’s one of the top shooters in the country. He can really stretch the defense from three as well. We want to continue to play through him in the post, but also put him in positions to stretch the defense and give him opportunities to get him some open threes.”

The Racers will travel to Illinois State Saturday and try to improve to 6-1 on the season. They’ll start at 3:00pm in Normal.

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