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Miami basketball unveils non-conference slate

OXFORD, Ohio (WKRC) -- Seventeen home games highlight the 2014-15 Miami University men's basketball schedule as the RedHawks announced the non-conference portion of this year's slate on Tuesday afternoon. In addition to an 18-game Mid-American Conference schedule, which includes nine home tilts, Miami will play 13 non-conference games with eight of those hosted in Millett Hall.

"We're really excited about this schedule, especially the number of games we're bringing to Millett Hall, and I think we have put ourselves in a position to play a tough schedule," said head coach John Cooper. "Playing 17 home games is exciting for our team. And I think it will be exciting for our fans, not only to see our team early in the year, but throughout the season.

"The past couple of years we've only played 12 or 13 home games, and we feel as we continue to advance our program and put ourselves in a position to be successful, having home games is extremely critical," added Cooper. "Our Athletic Director David Sayler has given us an opportunity to do that and to bring our fans here and to see what's going on in our arena and all the different things that have been done to upgrade the arena will certainly lend itself to some excitement."

After entertaining Edinboro in an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 8, Miami opens the season with three-straight home games beginning with its season opener against Southern Utah on Monday, Nov. 17. Evansville comes to Millett Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 19, and the RedHawks then host Liberty on Saturday, Nov. 22 as part of the Cancun Challenge. Miami takes flight for Cancun to face Northwestern on Tuesday, Nov. 25 and either Northern Iowa or Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Nov. 26 in neutral-site games as part of the tournament. Rounding out its stint in the Cancun Challenge, Miami hosts Elon on Sunday, Nov. 30.

Opening up the month of December, local rival Dayton, who advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, comes to Millett Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

"We have Dayton coming in, which will be an exciting game," said Cooper. "This is a team that had an excellent run in the NCAA Tournament. To bring them to Millett Hall, will be exciting for our team and also for our fans. We also have Evansville, a team from the Missouri Valley Conference, coming to our court this year. They are a team we've played the past two years on their home court. Now we get a chance to get them back here in Millett Hall."

Miami then hits the road for a pair of games against two teams who advanced to the CIT second round as the RedHawks play at IPFW on Saturday, Dec. 6 and at local foe Wright State on Sunday, Dec. 14 after a week-long break for final examinations. The RedHawks return home to host Longwood on Wednesday, Dec. 17 and round out their non-conference schedule hosting Capital on Monday, Dec. 29 and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) on Saturday, Jan. 3.

"When you take a look at the schedule and sum it up, it's a challenging schedule. It's a schedule that will give us an idea exactly where we stand," remarked Cooper. "We're basically adding seven new faces to our roster. It will give us a chance to see where we are as a group and to see if we can get this team to come together and play as one early in the season."

One additional non-conference road game will be announced at a later date once details are finalized, and the RedHawks' MAC schedule will be released in conjunction with the conference office announcement at a later date.

Information and photo courtesy Miami Univ Athletics
 

 

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