Florida Gators basketball releases complete 2017-18 nonconference schedule

By Adam Silverstein
July 13, 2017
Florida Gators basketball releases complete 2017-18 nonconference schedule
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The Florida Gators took the Southeastern Conference‘s mandate for league teams to schedule tougher nonconference opponents to heart a few seasons ago, and their difficult booking continues entering the 2017-18 campaign.

Though individual games have been announced and leaked over the last few months, Florida released its complete 2017-18 nonconference schedule on Thursday.

UF’s opponent for the annual Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in Sunrise, Florida, will be the Clemson Tigers. Florida will also face the Cincinnati Bearcats as part of the 2017 Never Forget Games on Dec. 9 in Newark, New Jersey. It is believed that game is replacing UF’s return contest with Michigan State, which was pushed to the 2018-19 slate.

The Gators will also play the Baylor Bears in the 2017 SEC-Big 12 Challenge and participate in the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon. Florida is guaranteed to face Stanford to open the event before taking on either Gonzaga or Ohio State in the next round. UF may also play Butler, Duke and/or Texas all as part of the event.

The Gators played nearly the entire 2016-17 nonconference schedule away from home due to a massive renovation to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Florida will host Baylor in the 2017 SEC/Big 12 Challenge and also have FSU travel to its home arena, meaning it will not play a single true road game until league play.

Check out the entire nonconference schedule below.

DateGator BaitTime/ScoreTV/Rec.
10/30Florida Southern
Exhibition
11/6at Florida State
11/9Charleston Southern
Atlantis
11/14La Salle
Atlantis
11/21Oklahoma
Atlantis
11/22TBA
Atlantis
11/23TBA
Atlantis
11/27North Florida
12/4West Virginia
Jimmy V
12/8Michigan State
12/18Mercer
12/22TBA
OB Classic
12/29Butler
1/5South Carolina
1/9at Arkansas
1/12Tennessee
1/15at Mississippi State
1/19at Georgia
1/22Texas A&M
1/26at TCU
SEC/Big 12
1/30Ole Miss
2/2Kentucky
2/5at Auburn
2/9at Tennessee
2/13Vanderbilt
2/16at Alabama
2/20at LSU
2/23Missouri
2/27at Vanderbilt
3/2Georgia
3/6LSU
3/9at Kentucky

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