In a move that has been taking shape for weeks, a home-and-home men’s basketball series spanning the next two seasons between the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes was officially announced on Tuesday.
Along with the announcement was the first confirmed date for a Florida-Miami showdown. The Gators and Hurricanes will square off on Nov. 17, 2014 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida. The contest will be UF’s second game of the 2014-15 campaign with the first unscheduled as of press time.
UM will then host its in-state rival in either November or December of 2015 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.
Florida is 45-22 all-time against Miami on the hardwood with the schools last playing a home-and-home series in 2004-05; the visiting team won each game.
The Gators and Canes have squared off just four times in the last 23 seasons, however, all of those showdowns have come since 2002.
The timing laid out in this announcement works out great for Florida as the O’Dome will be nine months into a $45 million renovation when the non-conference portion of the 2015-16 season begins. The Gators expect to play their non-conference home games across the state with plans developing to host contests in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and South Florida.
Florida is adding Miami to its already-strong non-conference slate in 2014-15.
The Gators are currently scheduled to play at least three of Butler, Georgetown, Oklahoma, North Carolina, UCLA, Wisconsin and Alabama Birmingham from Nov. 26-28 in the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Nassau, Bahamas.
UF will also square off against Kansas on Dec. 5 in a 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge game in Lawrence, Kansas, and face Wake Forest in a neutral-site contest on Dec. 20 in Sunrise as part of the 2014 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic. Florida has unscheduled non-conference games against Florida State and UConn as well.