Miami Hurricanes basketball releases 2014-15 ACC schedule

Miami Hurricanes mascot Sebastian is ready for the 2014-15 basketball season.  

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The University of Miami men’s basketball team will open this season’s Atlantic Coast Conference schedule against reigning league champion Virginia on Jan. 3, as announced Wednesday.

Miami will host three ACC teams that finished in the top 25 — North Carolina (Feb. 28), Louisville (Feb. 3) and Virginia (Jan. 3) — and will travel to Duke (Jan. 13) and Pittsburgh (March 4).

After the Cavaliers visit the BankUnited Center, Boston College will do the same a week later. The Hurricanes then play two games on the road against the Blue Devils and Notre Dame (Jan. 17).

In February, Miami will play five of its nine games at home. Its first contest, however, will be at Florida State (Feb. 1).

Leading up to the ACC Tournament, which will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum from March 10-14, the Hurricanes play the Panthers and Virginia Tech (March 7) on the road.

This season marks the first time the ACC is going with a 12-year schedule rotation. Teams that are not partners play five years at home and five years on the road only, as well as two years both at home and on the road. For just the third time each ACC team will play an 18-game conference schedule with the introduction of the Cardinals to the league this past July.

Nine of the 15 conference teams made postseason appearances in 2013-14, including seven in the NCAA Tournament. While the Hurricanes did not receive a playoff invitation last season, they return three players from a 17-16 team and will have no seniors in 2014-15. Three transfers — Sheldon McClellan, Angel Rodriguez and Joe Thomas — are eligible to play. Redshirt freshman guard Deandre Burnett is available after missing last season with an injury.

Miami swept four games in Spain this month as part of an overseas tour.

"The ACC in my mind is the best basketball conference in the country. Every night you are playing against a Top 20 or Top 10 team in the country," head coach Jim Larranaga said in a statement. "Whether you are at home or on the road, you had better be at your best, or you will be defeated."

MIAMI HURRICANES 2014-15 BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Date Opponent Location TV Time          
Nov. 6 Eckerd College (exhibition) Coral Gables TBA TBA    
Nov. 14 Howard Coral Gables TBA TBA  
Nov. 17 at Florida Gainesville, Fla. ESPNU 7 p.m.
  ESPN Charleston Classic (Charleston, S.C.)
Nov. 20 Drexel Charleston, S.C. ESPNU 3 p.m.
Nov. 21 Akron/Southern Cal Charleston, S.C. TBA TBA
Nov. 23 Penn State/South Carolina/Cornell/Charlotte Charleston, S.C. TBA TBA
Nov. 25 at Charlotte Charlotte, N.C. TBA TBA
Nov. 28 South Alabama Coral Gables TBA TBA
Dec. 2 Illinois Coral Gables ESPN2/U 9 p.m.
Dec. 6 UW-Green Bay Coral Gables TBA TBA
Dec. 8 Savannah State Coral Gables TBA TBA
Dec. 19 Eastern Kentucky Coral Gables TBA TBA
Dec. 22 vs. Providence (at Barclays Center, N.Y.) Barclay’s Center TBA TBA
Dec. 30 College of Charleston Coral Gables TBA TBA
Jan. 3 Virginia Coral Gables ESPN2 2/4:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 Boston College Coral Gables RSN 4 p.m.
Jan. 13 at Duke Durham, N.C. ESPNU 9 p.m.
Jan. 17 at Notre Dame Notre Dame, Ind. ESPN/2 2 p.m.
Jan. 22 NC State Coral Gables ACCN 8 p.m.
Jan. 24 at Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. ESPN/2 4 p.m.
Jan. 28 Georgia Tech Coral Gables RSN 9 p.m.
Feb. 1 at Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. ESPNU 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 Louisville Coral Gables ACCN 8 p.m.
Feb. 8 Clemson Coral Gables ESPNU 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 at Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. RSN 7 p.m.
Feb. 15 at Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. ESPNU 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 Virginia Tech Coral Gables RSN 7 p.m.
Feb. 21 at Louisville Louisville, K.Y. ESPN/2 2 p.m.
Feb. 25 Florida State Coral Gables RSN 9 p.m.
Feb. 28 North Carolina Coral Gables CBS 2 p.m.
March 4 at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. RSN 8 p.m.
March 7 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. RSN Noon
  ACC Tournament, Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum
March 10 First Round    
March 11 Second Round    
March 12 Quarterfinals    
March 13 Semifinals    
March 14 Finals

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