University of Miami

UM basketball road schedule includes LaSalle, Minnesota, Christmas in Hawaii

University of Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga expects more sellouts for the 2017-18 season.
University of Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga expects more sellouts for the 2017-18 season. MIAMI HERALD FILES

The University of Miami 2017 non-conference basketball schedule includes games in Reading, Pa., and Washington, D.C., strategically planned by Hurricanes coaches so that highly-touted incoming freshmen Lonnie Walker IV, and Chris Lykes have a chance to play in front of their family and friends.

“We have two games that we have scheduled for particular reasons with this group,” said UM coach Jim Larranaga. “First, we are going to be traveling to Reading, Pa., to play La Salle University out of Philadelphia, to bring Lonnie Walker IV, one of our outstanding incoming freshmen, back to his hometown. We will also be playing in Washington, D.C., against George Washington University. That is the hometown of another outstanding freshman, Chris Lykes.”

The season begins with an exhibition game at home against Newberry College on Nov. 1, and the regular-season opener is Nov. 10 at home against Gardner-Webb. The Hurricanes then play Navy at the Watsco Center on Nov. 12, and Florida A&M on Nov. 16.

Miami then hits the road for the Nov. 22 game against LaSalle, and a late-November game at Minnesota in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the annual 14-team cross-conference series of games.

The Hurricanes are 1-1 against Minnesota. This will be their first matchup at Williams Arena. UM beat the Golden Gophers 73-68 on Dec. 2, 2009 in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Miami is 5-5 overall in the Challenge -- 1-4 on the road and 4-1 record home.

UM returns to South Florida Dec. 2 to play Princeton in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Hoophall Miami Invitational at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Canes’ final non-conference home game is against Boston University on Dec. 5, and then they play at George Washington on Dec. 16. They will spend Christmas in Honolulu, along with seven other teams, at the 2017 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, which will be played Dec. 22, 23, and 25.

“We have sold out our season tickets for the last two seasons and we anticipate that this will be the third year in a row that you will not be able to buy a ticket, once our season begins in November,” Larrañaga said. “With the preseason polls picking us in the top 25, with one poll picking us top-five in the country, and with our recruiting class being selected the sixth best recruiting class in the country by ESPN, there is a lot of genuine excitement for our basketball program. It might be at an all-time high to start the season.”