The University of Miami men’s basketball team must be feeling like an NBA club these days.
The Hurricanes left last week for Anaheim, Calif., where they played three games (winning two) in the John Wooden Legacy tournament, and haven’t been back to their Coral Gables, Fla., campus yet.
By the time the Hurricanes get back home from Lincoln the next day, they will have logged nearly 5,000 miles in air travel.
The Hurricanes are coming off a 60-57 victory over Arizona State in the Wooden tournament and will take a 5-3 record into the game against the Cornhuskers, who are 5-2.
It will be just the fifth time the two teams have played with Miami owning only one victory, that back in 1951. The two teams met again in 1971, 2000, and 2006 with the Cornhuskers winning all three.
This will be Miami’s seventh game in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Hurricanes are 2-4 in the event that matches up teams from each conference.
Last year’s 67-59 win over Michigan State was the first indication the Hurricanes might be a legitimate contender for the postseason and the conference. They went on to win the ACC’s regular-season and conference tournament titles and advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tourney.
Miami’s other win in the event was in 2009 over Minnesota. The losses have been at Michigan, at Northwestern, to Ohio State, and at Purdue.
In addition to the win over Arizona State, Miami beat Cal State-Fullerton 48-46 and lost to George Washington 71-63 in overtime in the Wooden tourney.
The Hurricanes will play their first ACC game on Sunday, hosting Virginia Tech in the BankUnited Center on campus, before taking an 11-day break for finals.
They resume play on Dec. 19 at Savannah State.