The University of Miami men’s basketball team will play a game broadcast on ESPN’s Big Monday and host three teams that played in last season’s NCAA Tournament, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced with its league schedule release Monday.
"The ACC, from top to bottom, is the best basketball conference in the country and will provide our players a tough test every night against the most talented teams in the nation," Head Coach Jim Larrañaga said. "Whether we are at home or on the road, we will need to play at our best because nearly every night we are playing against nationally-ranked opponents."
Miami will play at Virginia on Feb. 20 as part of ESPN’s Big Monday schedule, and will have four other games on ESPN networks: vs. Notre Dame (Jan. 12), at Duke (Jan. 21) and at Louisville (Feb. 11) all on ESPN or EPSN2, and at Virginia Tech (Feb. 27) on ESPN2.
The Hurricanes will also be showcased nationally on CBS twice this season, Jan. 28 against North Carolina and Feb. 25 vs. Duke. Five games will be broadcast on the ACC Network and six will be on regional sports networks.
Hurricanes fans will see six home opponents that played in the 2016 postseason, including three teams that finished in the NCAA Sweet 16 or better, in North Carolina (Runner-up), Notre Dame (Elite Eight) and Duke (Sweet 16). On the road, the Canes will face four teams that played in last year’s NCAA Tournament, in Syracuse (Final Four), Virginia (Elite Eight), Duke (Sweet 16) and Pittsburgh (First Round), as well as Florida State and Virginia Tech, both of which were in the NIT.
"We need to defend our home court again this year, just like we did last season," Larrañaga added. "Our fans helped create an electric atmosphere and we are looking forward to having that home court advantage again this year."
Miami opens its ACC slate at home against NC State on Dec. 31 at 4:30 p.m. The Canes then hit the road for a Jan. 4 matchup at Syracuse before returning to Coral Gables, Fla., for a 7 p.m. game against Notre Dame on Jan. 12.
The Hurricanes make a three-game road swing at Pittsburgh (Jan. 14), at Wake Forest (Jan. 18) and finish at Duke (Jan. 21), then come back to The U for a trio of home games. UM starts the stretch against Boston College (Jan. 25), then hosts North Carolina (Jan. 28) and Florida State (Feb. 1).
Miami’s second game against NC State is in Raleigh on Feb. 4, which is followed by the home matchup against Virginia Tech on Feb. 8, the first of two against the Hokies. Three days later, Miami travels to Louisville for a Feb. 11 game at the KFC Yum! Center.
The Canes next host Georgia Tech (Feb. 15) and Clemson (Feb. 18) in Coral Gables before the ESPN Big Monday matchup at Virginia on Feb. 20.
Miami wraps up the home portion of the schedule on Feb. 25 against Duke, then hits the road for the final two games of the regular season, playing at Virginia Tech (Feb. 27) and at Florida State (March 4).
The ACC Tournament will be held at the Barlays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., March 7-11, 2017. Fifteen teams will take to the hardwood for five action-packed days, concluding the day before NCAA Selection Sunday with a battle for the ACC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.