Thursday, February 16, 7:00 P.M.
Miami (14-10, 6-5 ACC) at #13 Boston College (20-5, 7-4 ACC)
You are in the middle of the tough four game stretch. After losing the first two games, what does your team need to do Thursday night?
"We have got to play better defense. The thing that was disappointing against North Carolina is that our defense is not what it has been. We have won six games in this league and a large part of that was the fact that we played good defense. [Against UNC] We did not have that same type of assertiveness or presence. We have to play with a sense of urgency Thursday night."
"Defensively is where it starts. I thought we played well enough offensively. If you have active hands, you knock some balls loose and you rebound. We gave up 17 offensive rebounds. If you rebound the ball you are going to have more opportunities offensively. We are going to be better offensively, but it starts on the defensive end."
How is the team emotionally after losing two tough games?
"Time will tell. Yesterday there was a lot of emotions [watching film]. We have five games left in the league play. As I said to the media after the UNC game, ‘this is no time to turn in the towel, we are 6-5. We have to find a way of getting back to who we are. I think sometimes when you have success, that is when you have a tendency to get out of character. We have to remind our guys of how we had success and get back to doing those things."
We watch film and we give a grade individually to how many points each player gives up, opportunities to block out, and number of block outs you had. They get a percentage grade and those grades were the lowest we have had for the last two years I have been here.
Looking ahead to Duke, how does your team prepare for two tough games in a row?
"We have to get ready for Boston College, which is a top 20 team in the country. They are very talented and experienced. Regardless of who we are playing, we have to go in there and compete."
"They have been on a roll and they are playing the way everybody thought they would play once they got into the league. They were 20-0 last year and dominating the Big East and they have everybody back. It is going to take us being very focused and doing all the little things and we have to go up there and make shots."
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