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Perhaps no one worked harder in the offseason than Joe Harris.
The sophomore was given a card by head coach Tony Bennett on what to improve upon. The No. 1 item was being able to attack the lane and not solely relying on his three-pointer.
It was good advice, and while Harris did not shoot from behind the arc as efficiently as last year, he became a better all-around player.
His ability to make defenders lives more difficult opened up opportunities for others and clearly established himself as the No. 2 option in the offense given Sammy Zeglinski's offensive struggles in the ACC this season.
That changed in Chapel Hill.
The Cavaliers were scaring the No. 5-ranked Tar Heels, leading most of the first half and only trailing by three at the break.
Virginia trailed 45-43 with 13:30 to go before the wheels finally fell off.
One of the reasons was that Joe Harris broke a bone in his non-shooting hand during the course of the game.
Harris, who had scored in double figures in seven of the previous eight games finished with just eight point of 2-of-9 shooting.
Given Virginia's depth problems, Harris gutted it out, despite the pain and swelling.
While he showed plenty of heart, he lacked handle.
Harris simply could not handle the ball like he needed to in order to make defenders respect his ability to drive to the basket.
His worse fear had come true; he was one-dimensional again.
Harris went 5-of-16 in the next three games and looked the worse for wear.
Yet, as time went on and the swelling subsided, Harris began to look more and more like the player we remembered.
His 18-point performance in the ACC Tournament leaves hope that Harris will bounce back stronger than ever.
Still, his offensive limitations due to injury truly kept the Cavaliers from reaching their full potential.