Exuding Confidence

He was Miami's top-returning scorer from last season's depressing season, but confidence is something that has not left Rob Hite. Hite opened the season as Miami's leading scorer through 11 out-of-conference games averaging over 20 points a game, but since then, although averaging a team-leading 19 points per game, he has become second fiddle to emerging star Guillermo Diaz.

But you'll hear no complaints from Hite who is not playing poorly in conference games, averaging 16.3 points in the ‘Canes first four conference games, rather Diaz is playing out of this world.

"He has matured a whole lot from last year," Hite said of Diaz. "He has learned the game much more and understands a lot more. He's playing real well right now I hope he continues."

As Diaz's impressive play continues, it will make Hite's job a lot easier as he is one of the best three-point shooters in the country.

Hite's three-point bomb against FSU Saturday afternoon that cut the ‘Noles lead to 61-60 with 1:26 to play gave Diaz the chance to hit the game-winning shot.

He is currently shooting 41.2% from behind the arc.

Having two great scoring options gives Hite the opportunity to roam the floor more and find the open spots making him even more dangerous.

And confidence is something he has plenty of as he did against FSU.

"They weren't trying to give me anything I had to work for my shots," Hite said. "I was feeling it and I had to just keep my head in the game when Guillermo was out. Anthony Harris was not playing that well so I knew I had to step up."

And step up he did scoring 18 points against the ‘Noles. Miami needed every single one of them.

Looking ahead, Hite relishes the opportunity to play against the best in the nation and believes the ‘Canes can beat anyone, including Duke, who will enter Wednesday's game at the Convocation Center with a 13-0 record.

Nothing would be sweeter than to hand Duke its first loss of the season while giving the sold out crowd at UM a sweet gift.

"We are definitely going to enjoy playing a top-5 team," Hite said. "With the chance to beat a team like that we can put our name on the map. People will definitely be looking at us then."

But one thing Miami will need more of from Hite is his outside shooting. Since the ‘Canes have begun conference play, he has been in a bit of a funk from behind the arc. After shooting 45.3% from three-point range in out-of-conference games, Hite has been shooting the three-ball at a 28.6% clip.

But when it's time for a big shot, Hite is sure to hit it and against Duke, the ‘Canes will need it.

And the crowd of 7,000 will be behind him and his teammates.

"It has been very exciting in here, we are not used to this kind of atmosphere. We hope the fans continue to support us like they are," Hite said.

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