Harris Looks to End Struggles Tonight at 5:30

This year has been a struggle for University of Miami starting point guard Anthony Harris, but for Miami to be successful they need Harris to perform beginning tonight at 5:30 as they host #21 Georgia Tech.

Anthony Harris' shooting percentage has dipped near 30% from the field and is hovering 20% from three-point range, but while there has been no indication of Harris breaking this seven game slump, he has a solution.

"I think I just gotta go out there and be more aggressive. It's still early. We are just seven games into the season, just gotta keep going hard and be confident," Harris said.

However, it's hard to be confident when nothing is falling and the ‘Canes are sitting with a 4-3 record following seven games, including two losses to Cleveland State and Buffalo.

But Harris said that while he is struggling offensively, he has to perform in other aspects of the game, including being a leader by example which he can do by playing tough defense, studying the opponents and distributing the basketball for open shots.

"It's something you are always going to look back on and say I have to do better offensively. As a player, when you aren't doing well offensively, you try to do other things and that's what I've been trying to do. Whether it's defensively, knowing the scouting reports, that helps the team too," Harris said.

While Harris is struggling, his backcourt mate Jack McClinton is having a great year leading the ACC in scoring. That couldn't please Harris more, but he admits that McClinton can't do it by himself.

"That's great and that's his hard work paying off. He just has to keep doing what he's doing and other guys like myself, have to step up and help him out," Harris said.

Following a disappointing loss at Northwestern this past Tuesday, the ‘Canes welcome Georgia Tech to the BankUnited Center, a team that is the complete antithesis of what Miami just faced in Northwestern.

"It's going to be a big difference playing than playing a team like Northwestern in the style and the way they way, compared to a team that is going to be aggressive and attack you. But it's nothing we haven't seen before," Harris said.

And even though the Yellow Jackets start three freshmen including former Miami Norland star Zachery Peacock, they are riding a top 25 ranking and have knocked off the likes of Memphis already.

"They got big time players and they are playing with a lot of confidence and not underestimate those guys. You can't take those guys lightly because they are freshman," Harris said. "It's going to be about who executes and who gets the most stops."

Hopefully, Miami will be the team that gets those stops and Harris starts finding the basket again.

"We definitely got to get on a roll before it gets too late. We gotta get the next one," Harris said.

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat can be reached at rudy@canestime.com

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