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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: KELLY AND COCO MILLER, GEORGIA

Published Jan. 22, 2000|Updated Sep. 26, 2005

In his 21 years of coaching at Georgia, Andy Landers has seen his share of twins.

Three sets, in fact.

So when other schools passed up on the opportunity to recruit the duo from Rochester, Minn., turned off by the prospect of having to recruit two guards at one time, Landers didn't flinch.

And Georgia is the better for it.

Kelly, the elder by four minutes, is averaging 15.9 points and 4.9 assists. Coco is averaging 13.8 points and 3.6 rebound.

In Monday's 78-51 upset of No. 2 Tennessee, Kelly had nine points and nine assists, and Coco scored 14 points.

According to Landers and the team, the Millers are without question the emotional leaders of the No. 7 Bulldogs. And a big part of that is Landers' skill in dealing with twins.

"When you're coaching family, there's two emotions that I think are the two most powerful emotions in the world that run through those two kids: love and hate," Landers said. "And you better understand that and be somewhat sensitive to that, because that's going to drive what they feel and, ultimately, how they perform.

"You don't deal with them individually. You know that if I'm saying something that may not feel good to one, the other feels it a little bit."

The twins, who are so close they often finish each other's sentences, acknowledge they are extremely competitive and quick to be critical of themselves _ and each other. The two give each other feedback and sideways glances that they could not give their other teammates, Landers said.

"By my observation, one always reacts when the other makes a mistake and doesn't hesitate to say something about it," he said.

NFL PLAYOFFS? WHAT NFL PLAYOFFS?

How big is women's basketball around the University of Connecticut? UConn's game against No. 2 Tennessee on Jan. 8 drew a Nielsen rating of 18.86 on Connecticut's WFSB, double the 9.48 rating of the NFL wild-card playoff game between Washington and Detroit. The Huskies drew a higher rating in the Connecticut area than each of the four playoff games that weekend.

ROLLINS IN THE RANKINGS

Rollins College in Winter Park, which is 14-1, 2-1 in the Sunshine State Conference, is ranked No. 11 in the USA Today/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division II poll. Rollins' only loss this season came Jan. 15 at Tampa. The Tars play at 5:30 tonight at Eckerd College.

POLL POPULARITY

The Southeastern Conference leads the nation with five teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25 poll (Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State). The Big East (Connecticut, Rutgers, Boston College), Big 10 (Penn State, Illinois, Purdue) and Big 12 (Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma) are all tied for second. . . . North Carolina dropped out of the poll this week after being in 63 consecutive weeks.

QUOTABLE

"It's brutal. People can sit in any other league in America and pound their chests and say look at us, look at us. But let me tell you something, I would put the 12th team in our league against probably the fifth team in any other league and I would feel pretty good about our chances."

_ Carol Ross, Florida coach, on the strength of the SEC

BY THE NUMBERS

37 _ Points scored by Richmond forward Candice Edwards in a 114-104 overtime win over James Madison in a Colonial Athletic Association game on Jan. 9.

15 _ Consecutive games Duke had won before losing 80-75 in overtime to North Carolina State on Thursday. The loss ended the Blue Devils' streak one shy of the school record set last season. Duke hadn't lost since Nov. 17.

10 _ Consecutive games on the road for Oregon, a school record. The Ducks played their first conference home game of the season against Washington on Thursday night, winning 65-51 and extending their home winning streak to 18.

4 _ Consecutive losses for Florida, which dropped to 10-6, 1-3 in the SEC with a 92-69 loss to Auburn on Thursday.

1 _ Number of unbeaten Division I teams left. Connecticut stands alone.

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