West Virginia’s Daxter Miles Jr. talked a big game in the days leading up to his Sweet 16 clash with Kentucky. As you likely know, Kentucky was 36-0 heading into the matchup, and the only way their season doesn’t end 40-0 is with a wildly surprising upset. Miles Jr. thought his team could beat Kentucky like they did in 2010:
“I give them their props. Salute them to getting to 36-0. But tomorrow they’re gonna be 36-1.”
The freshman was very, very wrong. Kentucky absolutely smashed WVU, doubling them up 78-39. Not only that, but Miles Jr. failed to score a single point in the game, going 0-3 from the field and missing both his free throws. He also had no assists, no steals, no blocks. He did get one rebound, and a personal foul.
For the record, Miles Jr. averaged 7.3 points a game this season. So while he’s not the team’s leading scorer, he should be getting more buckets than… zero. That is not how you back up big talk against the best team in the country. As they say, you come at the king, you best not miss. Here’s his humbling post-game interview:
The entire game was a trainwreck for West Virginia — Kentucky had an 18-2 run to start the game, and held the Mountaineers to under 20 points until midway through the second half. As Pick and Roll Analytics’ Win Probability chart shows, WVU had almost no shot to win by halftime:
No shame in losing to the best, but next time keep that lip buttoned until after the game, young man. Take a page from Devin Booker’s book:
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