Anthony Harris is the perfect example of a "team player." Coming off his best game of his career, Harris talked about was his disappointing game at North Carolina before the Clemson and Wake Forest games.
Against UNC Harris shot a frustrating 2-for-11 from the field and scored eight points. Harris also committed a season-high six turnovers in the game, the most by any UM player this season.
"It was definitely a slump, but for the most part I did not think I was playing bad, I was not playing smart," Harris said. "I think I was getting down on myself too much, and thinking too much. It was selfish on my part to think about myself and not my team. Even though we lost to Wake Forest, I think I made a big step in being a leader on this team."
But Harris bounced back in a big way. After being held scoreless in the first half of the Clemson game last Wednesday, he scored all 15 of his points in the second half propelling Miami to a 69-65 win.
Next, against Wake Forest, Harris played the game of his life. Harris scored a career-high 28 points and nine assists. The most telling stat in Harris's development may be his one turnover in a game that was frantic from the beginning.
"It was definitely a career game," Harris said. "You can't have any tension and play without thinking about mistakes. I am good if I just go out there and play. I am just trying to be a leader."
Now Harris will look to continue his hot streak versus Virginia Tech, the other team that left the Big East and is now putting together a surprising season in the ACC.
"You have to get all the games at home," Harris said. "I am definitely looking at this as a big one, and Virginia Tech is a good team. I definitely think that everybody thought that Virginia Tech would not be playing up to our abilities. They come from the Big East too, and that tells you that was a very competitive conference."
A problem that has surfaced in the last four games is the interior defense of the Hurricanes. During this stretch, opposing centers have averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Harris believes that the problem will sort itself out.
"It is just going over what our big men are doing wrong," Harris said. "It is not like our big men are getting dominated. They just have to look on the film and see what they are doing wrong and change the little things offensively and defensively.
"It is definitely an issue. I hear the other team's players get excited when they see us because we tend to play behind. There guys can see that they can get it into the post and we need to get around and front the post, instead of playing behind."
When asked about on whether this game is important, Harris recites the company motto, because that is what team leaders do.
"It is a big game because it is the next game. We are going to prepare as any other game."
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