Illini and Hurricanes to square off at 7:40 CT with Sweet 16 trip on the line
No. 7 Illini to face No. 10 Colorado in 2nd Round, March 22, in Austin
No. 8 seed Illini to Face No. 9 Seed Minnesota on Thursday, March 14 at 11 am CT
Illini close regular season looking for season sweep of Buckeyes
Illini have won six of their last seven heading into Tuesday night tilt in Iowa City
Brandon Miller spent one year on John Groce's Fighting Illini staff, serving as Special Assistant to the Head Coach during the 2012-13 season. Miller brought eight years of experience to Champaign, six of which came at Ohio State.
Miller began his career as video intern at Xavier in 2004 when the Musketeers won the Atlantic 10 and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. Miller then followed Thad Matta to OSU where he served as director of basketball operations for two seasons from 2005-06 and one year as video coordinator in 2007. The Buckeyes won consecutive Big Ten titles in 2006 and 2007 and advanced to the 2007 NCAA Championship Game.
Miller returned to his alma mater, Butler, for one season as an assistant coach under Brad Stevens in 2008 when the Bulldogs won the Horizon League and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round. He then rejoined Matta's staff in Columbus as an assistant coach for three seasons from 2009-11. The Buckeyes again won back-to-back Big Ten crowns and made NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 2010 and 2011.
While Miller has been a part of successful programs as a coach, his playing career was equally as impressive. He played at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State) as a freshman in 1999 when the Bears advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. He then transferred to Butler and sat out the 2000 season before starting 97-consecutive games over his final three years with the Bulldogs. Miller became one of just eight players in Butler history to score 1,000 points in just three seasons, finishing his BU career with 1,121 points.
Miller helped lead Butler to a three-year record of 77-20 and three trips to postseason tournament play. As a senior, he led the Bulldogs in scoring and assists, while helping the team to a 27-6 record, a Horizon League championship and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. He finished his career among Butler's all-time leaders in 3-point field goals (189) and assists (305) and earned Horizon All-League and All-Defensive Team accolades as well as Academic All-League honors.
Miller was named Butler's Co-Most Valuable Player in 2003, and later that year, he was named co-recipient of Butler's Most Outstanding Male Athlete Award. He received the Horizon League's 2003 Cecil M. Coleman Medal of Honor, the League's highest individual award, and he was named recipient of the 2003 Chip Hilton Award, presented annually to an NCAA Division I graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding leadership, character, integrity, sportsmanship and talent. In 2006, he was named to the 15-player, Butler Team of the Sesquicentennial.
A native of New Castle, Ind., Miller earned a bachelor's degree in education from Butler in 2003. He and his wife, Holly, have two sons, Mason and Michael.
THE MILLER FILEHometown: New Castle, Ind.
Family: Wife, Holly; Sons, Mason and Michael
Education: Butler University, B.S., education, 2003
Playing Experience: 2001-2003 Butler University; 1999 Southwest Missouri State
Miller Coaching Experience