By Michelle Kaufman
Yes, yes, we know it's still early in the football season, so nobody's really thinking basketball yet.
But the ACC released the men's basketball schedule on Monday afternoon, so stop gushing over Mark Richt for just one moment and mark your calendars!
Miami will play at Virginia on Feb. 20 as part of ESPN's Big Monday schedule, and will also play four other games on ESPN/ESPN2: vs. Notre Dame (Jan. 12), at Duke (Jan. 21), at Louisville (Feb. 11), and at Virginia Tech (Feb. 27).
The Canes also have two CBS games: Jan. 28 against North Carolina and Feb. 25 against Duke.
Among Miami's home opponents are NCAA runner-up North Carolina, Notre Dame (Elite 8), and Duke (Sweet 16). The Hurricanes play road games at Syracuse, Virginia, Duke, Pitt, FSU, and Virginia Tech.
UM's first exhibition game is vs. Barry at the BUC on Nov. 2. The first conference home game is Dec. 31 against NC State -- yes, New Year's Eve, but 4:30 p.m., so plenty of time to party afterward.
"We need to defend our home court again this season," said UM coach Jim Larranaga. "Our fans helped create an electric atmosphere and we are looking forward to having that home court advantage again this year."
The full schedule:
Nov. 2 vs. Barry (exhibition), 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 vs. Western Carolina, 7 p.m.
Nov. 16 at UNF, 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 vs. Penn, 4 p.m.
Nov. 24 vs. Stanford, 2:30 p.m. in Orlando
Nov. 25 vs. Indiana State/Iowa State in Orlando
Nov. 27 vs. Florida/Gonzaga/Quinnipiac/Seton Hall in Orlando
Nov. 30 vs. Rutgers 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 vs. Wofford
Dec. 6 vs. South Carolina St, 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 vs. FAU, 7 p.m.
Dec. 22 vs. George Washington, 7 p.m.
Dec. 28 vs. Columbia, 7 p.m.
Dec. 31 vs. NC State, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 4 at Syracuse, 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Jan. 14 at Pitt, noon
Jan. 18 at Wake Forest, 8 p.m.
Jan. 21 at Duke, TBA
Jan. 25 vs. Boston College, 9 p.m.
Jan. 28 vs. North Carolina, 1 p.m.
Feb. 1 vs. FSU, 8 p.m.
Feb. 4 at NC State, 3 p.m.
Feb. 8 Virginia Tech, 9 p.m.
Feb. 11 at Louisville, TBA
Feb. 15 vs. Georgia Tech, 8 p.m.
Feb. 18 vs. Clemson, noon
Feb. 20 at Virginia, 7 p.m.
Feb. 25 vs. Duke, 4 p.m.
Feb. 27 at Va Tech, 9 p.m.
March 4 at FSU, 4 p.m.
March 7-11: ACC Tournament, Brooklyn, NY