Friday May 3, 2013Kansas, UConn, Wisconsin, Memphis highlight Gators 2013-14 pre-SEC hoops schedule
Updated: 6:37pm, May 3
Updated: 6:37pm, May 3
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The 2013-14 non-league schedule won’t rack up the air miles of last season’s travel agency special, but the Florida basketball team definitely will be tested before opening Southeastern Conference play.
Highlighting the slate for the Gators will be home dates against powerhouse Kansas and Florida State, plus road dates at Wisconsin and Connecticut. There also is the likelihood of a Florida-Memphis matchup in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, with negotiations for the event ongoing.
The season will tipoff against North Florida the afternoon of Nov. 8 -- yes, the afternoon -- as a precursor to Gator Growl on football homecoming weekend, followed by a road trip to Wisconsin, as the return for the Badgers playing at the O’Connell Center.
Next up for the Gators is a trio of home games against Arkansas-Little Rock (Nov. 16), Southern (Nov. 18) and Middle Tennessee (Nov. 21). Both Southern and MTSU made the 2013 NCAA Tournament, with Southern giving top-seeded Gonzaga fits in their first-round West Region matchup.
The Gators will play a true road game at Jacksonville on Nov. 25 at Memorial Arena, a date for which UF will get two guaranteed future home games against the Dolphins in return.
Then comes what could be one of the toughest gauntlet of opponents in the program’s history.
Florida will host Florida State on Nov. 29, the eve of their football rivalry, then three days later play at UConn and All-America candidate Shabazz Napier (pictured) on Dec. 2. UF’s first trip ever to Storrs -- and first game against the Huskies since the 1994 NCAA Tournament -- will be followed by just the second visit to Gainesville for perennial power Kansas on Dec. 10, with the trip to New York and the Jimmy Classic (likely against Memphis, another NCAA team this past season) a week later on Dec. 17.
The Gators will be back at the Orange Bowl Classic at Sunrise, Fla., to face an undetermined opponent on Dec. 21 then return from Christmas break for home dates against Savannah State (Dec. 29) and Richmond (Jan. 4), the latter serving as the final tune-up before SEC season tips off.
UF men's 2013-14 Non-Conference Basketball Schedule (all times TBA)
Nov. 8: North Florida (afternoon game)
Nov. 12: at Wisconsin
Nov. 16: Arkansas Little-Rock
Nov. 18: Southern
Nov. 21: Middle Tennessee State
Nov. 25: at Jacksonville
Nov. 29: Florida State
Dec. 2: at Connecticut
Dec. 10: Kansas (Jayhawks coach Bill Self, pictured right)
Dec. 17: vs. Memphis in Jimmy V Classic at New York (details still in negotiation)
Dec. 21: TBD in Orange Bowl Classic at Sunrise, Fla.
Dec. 29: Savannah State
Jan. 4: Richmond