Miami basketball will play in 2020 Cayman Islands Classic

The Miami basketball team will travel to Grand Cayman next fall to participate in the Cayman Islands Classic. The Hurricanes will attempt to win their first in-season tournament since winning the Puerto Rico Tip-off Tournament in 2015.

Without an in-season tournament championship since winning the Puerto Rico Tip-off Tournament in 2015, the Miami basketball team will travel to Grand Cayman for the Cayman Islands Classic in 2020. Miami lost two out of three games earlier this month at the Charleston Classic.

After a quarterfinal victory over Missouri State in their first game in Charleston in their in-season tournament this season, the Miami basketball team dropped their last two against Florida and Connecticut. Since defeating Butler for the title in Puerto Rico in 2015, Miami has advanced to the finals of an in-season tournament once.

The Hurricanes lost to Seton Hall in the finals of the 2018 Wooden Legacy in California. The 2020 Cayman Islands Classic will be the fourth annual tournament. Miami will be one of four Power Conference teams participate in the Cayman Islands Classic. Kansas State, Mississippi and Oregon State are the others.

Those four teams will be joined by LaSalle, Nevada, North Texas, Northern Iowa, Southern Mississipi and Western Kentucky. LaSalle is a familiar jersey for the Miami basketball program. The Hurricanes and Explorers have played five times since the 2012-13 season. That includes the last two seasons.

Miami won the last five meetings with the Explorers by an average margin of 24.6 points. Miami leads LaSalle 9-6 in the all-time series. The other 10 meetings between the Hurricanes and the Explorers came before Miami dropped basketball in 1971. Miami head coach Jim Larranaga’s old school George Mason won the 2019 Classic.

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Miami is 15-9 all-time in-season tournaments under Larranaga. The Hurricanes are just 6-6 in their last four in season-tournaments. That includes fourth-place finishes this year in Charleston and 2016 in Orlando. In addition to Puerto Rico, Miami has won titles in 2014 in Charleston and was the runner-up at the Wooden in 2018.