University of Miami

Bad timing: UM basketball, football at same time

Miami Hurricanes forward Dewan Huell (20) is fouled by North Florida Ospreys forward Trip Day (22) on Nov. 25.
Miami Hurricanes forward Dewan Huell (20) is fouled by North Florida Ospreys forward Trip Day (22) on Nov. 25. adiaz@miamiherald.com

Talk about an unfortunate scheduling decision: The 10th-ranked University of Miami men’s basketball team, fresh off a big road win at No. 12 Minnesota, plays Princeton on Saturday in the Hoophall Miami Invitational and tipoff is at 8 p.m., exactly when the Hurricanes football team plays top-ranked Clemson for the ACC Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The UM-Princeton game is part of a double-header at AmericanAirlines Arena, and ESPN gave the 5:30 p.m. time slot to the game between No. 2 Kansas and Syracuse. The UM game is on ESPNU.

Realizing that getting UM fans to leave their TV sets Saturday night will be near-impossible, the school will be hosting an ACC Championship football game watch party at the arena’s Xfinity East Plaza during the basketball game.

The Canes are 6-0 heading into the game, and Princeton is 2-4. Miami’s defense is among the best in the nation so far this season, and the team has proven to have size, speed and balance. Dewan Huell, a 6-11 sophomore, scored a career-high 23 points in 27 minutes against Minnesota. Chris Lykes, an electric 5-7 freshman, picks up the pace of the game every time he touches the ball. Bruce Brown continues to impress, DJ Vasiljevic is a threat from outside, and Ja’Quan Newton had nine assists and one turnover against the Gophers.

Tickets for the double-header start at $25 and are available through TicketMaster and the arena box office.

Hoophall Miami Invitational

Who: No. 2 Kansas vs. Syracuse (5:30 p.m.), No. 10 Miami vs. Princeton (8 p.m.)

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena

Tickets: Start at $25 through TicketMaster and arena box office.

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