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Canes open NIT at Providence Wednesday

Jack McClinton and the Miami Hurricanes are not going to the Big Dance, but they're season isn't over yet.

UM (18-12) earned a bid to the National Invitational Tournament late Sunday night as expected and will play at Providence (19-13) Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

If the fourth-seeded Hurricanes beat their former Big East Rivals they could earn a bonus -- a date with the Florida Gators (23-10) in Gainesville in Round 2. Top-seeded UF is set to host Jacksonville (18-13) in its NIT opener.

Sunday's invitation to the NIT is the third for the program under coach Frank Haith. UM began its season ranked as high as No. 16 in the country, but lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Virginia Tech Thursday and finished in ninth place in the regular season.

UM beat the Friars the last time the teams met, which was in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic in San Juan on Nov. 18, 2007. UM is 3-8 all-time in the NIT and will be making its first appearance in the tournament since it reached the quarterfinals before losing at Michigan in 2006.

UM can not host any games in the NIT this season because the BankUnited Center has been rented out for the next two weeks.