"Are you kidding me?''
That was Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy talking Wednesday night.
He wasn't referring to the fact that Ole Miss jumped to a 15-2 lead over Tennessee before an increasingly restless Thompson-Boling Arena crowd.
He wasn't alluding to the fact that the Vols came back and won going away, 73-60.
Nor was he thinking about the fact that Tennessee, the preseason pick to finish either 11th or 12th in the SEC, walked off the court temporarily in sole possession of fourth place.
No, Kennedy was looking at Dwight Miller's line in the Tennessee box score: 10 points, seven rebounds, two 3-point baskets, all in 16 inspired minutes.
Most nights Miller doesn't even have a line in the UT box score. He hasn't shed his warm-up suit in 10 of the past 15 games.
Ole Miss vs Tennessee Men's Basketball Highlights, Feb. 22, 2012
"Honestly,'' said Miller, "it's the toughest thing I've had to go through in my life.
"You play the game because you love it. You don't want to sit out, especially when your team loses and you say there is something I could have done to help us win.''
Early on Wednesday night, Miller's team was in fact on its way to losing. Ole Miss hit seven of its first eight shots against a UT squad that could best be described as somnambulant.
Miller, a 6-foot-8 junior-college transfer who has scored one basket in SEC play, was sent to the scorer's table with 13:12 on the first-half clock.
There was indeed something he could do to help his team win.
"This guy, Dwight Miller, he wasn't one of the first two or three names we had talked about,'' said Kennedy. "But every team has one and he stepped up.
"Are you kidding me? Ten points and seven rebounds, came out and hit two threes. I thought he settled them in and made some big shots.''
Made some big shots. Grabbed some big rebounds. Blocked a big shot. Inspired his team with some big hustle.
And Tennessee fought its way back to another win it had to have to entertain any kind of postseason hopes, even the NIT.
It's not the first time Cuonzo Martin has reached into his bench and surprised an opponent with a weapon that wasn't featured in the scouting report.
He had even reached into his bench and found Miller once before. The native of the Bahamas went off for 13 points in the first half of what would be a loss at College of Charleston in mid-December. Since then Miller had played 18 minutes spread over five games.
Martin, in his own postgame comments, first referred to Miller as "Dwight Howard.'' Catching his slip of the tongue, Martin smiled and said, "I wish it was Dwight Howard.''
Dwight Miller was plenty this night.
He was the final player signed to Martin's first recruiting class. After starting his career at Pittsburgh, Miller moved on to Midland Junior College in Texas in hopes of finding a more meaningful role for himself.
"Coach saw something in me,'' Miller said. "He wants me to be the best player I can be. He felt I wasn't being that player.''
Miller played in UT's first 12 games, then retreated to the shadows, partly due to the arrival of Jarnell Stokes.
"The whole time,'' Miller said, "I tried to tell myself it's gonna get better. I've got to keep working hard.
"It sounds like a cliché, but if you keep hanging in there really hard sometimes good things happen for you.''
Miller said Martin was fair about communicating the reasons he wasn't playing. Sometimes it was subtle, sometimes not.
Miller wasn't subtle when his chance came against Ole Miss He pounced on it. It's hard to say who was happier, him or his teammates.
"He's a good guy,'' said Cameron Tatum. "He's cheering us on when he's not playing.
"That's why the guys are so happy for him, 'cause he never brought a negative buzz around the team at all.''
When Miller was done Wednesday night, the only negative buzz was in the Ole Miss locker room.
A bunch of guys going: Are you kidding me?