“We are happy with the quality of our schedule,” said Wright. “We will play teams that will test us and prepare us for the rigorous MAC season.”
After an exhibition against Cedarville on Nov. 11, the RedHawks open the season on Tuesday, Nov. 18 when they host Cincinnati Christian out of the NAIA. Miami then welcomes UIC to Millett Hall on Saturday, Nov. 22. The Flames won the WBI postseason tournament last season.
The Red and White hit the road for the first time when it travels to Oakland on Saturday, Nov. 28. Miami then heads to Michigan State on Sunday, Nov. 30. The Spartans, expected to a top 25 team in 2014-15, were 23-10 last season and went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The RedHawks return home to host Valparaiso on Wednesday, Dec. 3. After a trip to Evansville on Saturday, Dec. 6, Miami will take on UT-Martin in Oxford on Monday, Dec. 15. The Skyhawks are the defending Ohio Valley Conference champions.
During the winter break, the RedHawks will participate in a pair of tournaments. First is a trip to Las Vegas for the Holiday Hoops Classic Dec. 20-21. With the games taking place at the South Point Arena, Miami will face Old Dominion on Saturday, Dec. 20 and Mississippi State on Sunday, Dec. 21. The Bulldogs reached the quarterfinals of the WNIT last season.
“We are looking forward to our Las Vegas trip,” said Wright. “We will play two very good teams, one of which plays in the SEC, so we know this will be a good challenge.”
Non-conference play concludes with a trip to the University of Virginia for the Cavalier Classic Tournament, Dec. 28-29. The RedHawks will take on a pair of traditionally strong mid-major teams at that event, facing Drexel on Sunday, Dec. 28 and Davidson on Monday, Dec. 29.
“Our trip to Virginia gives us the chance to play two good teams coming out of break on a neutral floor, as well as a chance to strengthen our bond as a team in the middle of the season prior to conference play,” said Wright.
Miami’s 18-game MAC schedule will be released in conjunction with a conference office announcement at a later date.