No. 13 Miami kicks off basketball season full of promise against Gardner-Webb

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — No. 13 Miami will go into its season opener against visiting Gardner-Webb on Friday with its highest-ever basketball preseason ranking.

TV: ESPN3Time: 8 p.m.However, the Hurricanes showed they may not be ready for prime time yet in their 106-79 exhibition win over Newberry last week. Despite the romp — they led 65-41 at the half and shot 63.6 percent from the field — they also were charged with 30 turnovers against 32 assists.Even so, coach Jim Larranaga was somewhat upbeat afterward.“Just what the doctor ordered,” he said. “They’re a team that played very hard and pressured us and forced us into a lot of mistakes. It’s somet...