Miami Men's Basketball Announces 2010-11 Schedule
Sept. 2, 2010
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Seventh-year head coach Frank Haith announced the 2010-11 University of Miami men’s basketball schedule this afternoon, featuring 16 games versus 2010 postseason participants and at least 18 televised contests.
At least nine of those games will be broadcast nationally, including home contests versus North Carolina (Jan. 26, ESPN or ESPN2), Georgia Tech (Feb. 3, ESPN or ESPN2) and Duke (Feb. 13, FSN), and road games at Duke (Jan. 2, FSN) and Virginia Tech (Jan. 30, FSN).
This season’s 16-game ACC slate includes 10 games versus 2010 NCAA Tournament participants – including a home-and-away series with defending national champions Duke, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Clemson. In addition, the Hurricanes will face long-time foe Boston College twice, one of three ACC programs debuting a new head coach in the upcoming season.
Miami will also host league games versus 2010 NIT finalist and 2009 NCAA Tournament champion North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.
“Not only have we put together a challenging schedule for our team,” said Coach Haith, whose Hurricanes have averaged more than 20 wins over the last three seasons, “but we also put together an exciting lineup for our fans. As our program looks to get back into the NCAA Tournament, we have scheduled some tough non-conference games.
“Competing in a league that has produced five national champions over the last decade ensures we will have an exciting schedule. In addition to facing the last two national champions in Duke and North Carolina in ACC play, we head to Memphis – a very successful program over the last decade, and we are bringing in Ole Miss of the SEC and West Virginia – a Final Four team last year – to the BankUnited Center. We looked closely at the Miami Heat’s schedule and did our best to accommodate all of the basketball fans in South Florida.”
Fifteen of Miami’s 31 regular-season contests will be at home at the BankUnited Center, including eight games versus conference opponents. UM’s home lineup is highlighted by televised non-conference matches versus Ole Miss (Nov. 30, FS-FL/NESN) and West Virginia (Dec. 4, SUN), its ACC home opener against Boston College (Jan. 15, ESPNU) and home contests versus North Carolina (Jan. 26, ESPN or ESPN2) and Duke (Feb. 13, FSN). The Hurricanes have played tight games versus the Blue Devils as of late – with their last four games decided by an average of just 3.5 points, including a 77-74 setback in their last meeting in the semifinals of the 2010 ACC Tournament.
The Hurricanes finished 20-13 overall last season and closed the season strong, knocking off Wake Forest and Virginia Tech en route to the ACC semifinal match versus Duke. Miami returns four starters from that tournament run, including ACC All-Rookie and ACC All-Tournament First Team selection Durand Scott, ACC All-Tournament Second Team pick Reggie Johnson and the ACC’s leader in three-point field goal percentage last season in sixth-year veteran Adrian Thomas.
In addition, Miami welcomes Georgia’s Class 3-A South Player of the Year Rion Brown, California’s Mission League MVP Erik Swoope and Kansas All-State Class 1-A honorable mention selection Raphael Akpejiori to the Hurricanes family.
“My staff and I believe we have a special group of kids this season that can accomplish some great things,” said Coach Haith. “I look forward to getting this year started with the support of our great Hurricanes fans.”
Miami hoops action begins with a pair of exhibition contests versus Barry (Nov. 3) and Florida Southern (Nov. 8), followed by the home opener versus Jacksonville on Fri., Nov. 12 – the first of four regular-season home games for the Hurricanes in November.
On Mon., Nov. 15, the Hurricanes open their road schedule at Memphis, kick starting ESPN’s third annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Miami returns to the road to face Rutgers of the Big East on Sun., Nov. 21, in Piscataway, N.J., and adds another early-season away game at Florida Gulf Coast on Sat., Nov. 27.
After three-straight home games – including back-to-back televised contests against Ole Miss (Nov. 30, FS-FL/NESN) and Bob Huggins’ West Virginia squad (Dec. 4, SUN), the Hurricanes return to the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic versus in-state foe UCF on Sat., Dec. 18, at the BankAtlantic Center in a game to be carried live by SUN/FS-FL.
Miami wraps up the heart of its non-conference schedule in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic from Dec. 21-23, taking on 20-win teams in Oral Roberts and Akron, as well as Rice.
UM has a challenging start to its 2011 ACC schedule, opening league play with back-to-back nationally-televised road games at Duke (Jan. 2, FSN) and at Clemson (Jan. 8, ESPNU), before returning home for a pair of games against Boston College (Jan. 15, ESPNU) and Florida State (Jan. 19, RSN).
The Hurricanes then pack their bags for two of the three remaining games in January, heading to NC State (Jan. 23, Raycom), then returning home to face North Carolina (Jan. 26, ESPN or ESPN2), before closing the month at Virginia Tech (Jan. 30, FSN).
Miami returns to sunny South Florida to open February with home contests versus Georgia Tech (Feb. 3, ESPN or ESPN2) and Virginia (Feb. 5), before heading back north to face Wake Forest (Feb. 9, RSN). UM opens the next week with a nationally-televised Sunday showdown versus Duke (Feb. 13, FSN), and then travels to the Greensboro Coliseum – site of the 2011 ACC Tournament – for a rare February non-conference meeting with UNC Greensboro on Tues., Feb. 15.
UM returns to the BankUnited Center to play host to Clemson (Feb. 20, TV TBA), before two-straight road games at Boston College (Feb. 23) and Florida State (Feb. 26, Raycom).
Miami begins March at home versus Maryland (March 2, ESPNU), before hitting the road for its regular-season finale at Georgia Tech (March 6, Raycom).
The ACC Tournament is slated for March 10-13 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
Tickets are now available through the Hurricane Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-CANES or visit us online at hurricanesports.com. Prices have been reduced in various sections, including the premium courtside seats. Please contact the Hurricane Ticket Office for details.
2010-11 Miami Men’s Basketball Schedule
November: 3 vs. Barry (Exhibition), 7:30 p.m.; 8 vs. Florida Southern (Exhibition), 7:30 p.m.; 12 vs. Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m.; 15 at Memphis (ESPN/ESPN3.com), 11:59 p.m.; 19 vs. North Carolina Central (FS-FL), 7 p.m.; 21 at Rutgers, 4 p.m.; 24 vs. McNeese State, 7:30 p.m.; 27 at Florida Gulf Coast, 7:05 p.m.; 30 vs. Ole Miss (FS-FL/NESN), 7 p.m. December: 4 vs. West Virginia (SUN), 4 p.m.; 12 vs. Stetson^ (in Coral Gables), 4 p.m.; 18 vs. UCF# (SUN/FS-FL), 2 p.m.; 21 vs. Oral Roberts^, TBA; 22 vs. Rice^, TBA; 23 vs. Akron^, TBA; 30 vs. Pepperdine, 6 p.m. January: 2 at Duke* (FSN), 7:45 p.m.; 8 at Clemson* (ESPNU), 6 p.m.; 15 vs. Boston College* (ESPNU), 6 p.m.; 19 vs. Florida State* (RSN), 9 p.m.; 23 at NC State* (Raycom), Noon; 26 vs. North Carolina* (ESPN/ESPN2), 7:30 p.m.; 30 at Virginia Tech* (FSN), 5:30 p.m. February: 3 vs. Georgia Tech * (ESPN/ESPN2), 7 p.m.; 5 vs. Virginia*, 2 p.m.; 9 at Wake Forest* (RSN), 7 p.m.; 13 vs. Duke* (FSN), 6:45 p.m.; 15 at UNC Greensboro, 7 p.m.; 20 vs. Clemson* (TBA), TBA; 23 at Boston College*, 7 p.m.; 26 at Florida State* (Raycom), 2 p.m. March: 2 vs. Maryland* (ESPNU), 7 p.m.; 6 at Georgia Tech* (Raycom), 2:30 p.m.; 10-13 at ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament (Greensboro, N.C.).
All times eastern and subject to change | All home games played at the BankUnited Center
* ACC Game | # MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic | ^ Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic