Florida Gators basketball announced the team’s 2012-13 schedule on Thursday. The Gators will face nine opponents who took part in the 2012 NCAA Tournament while also participating in three events within the state of Florida – Navy/Marine Corps Classic, SEC/BIG EAST Challenge and Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.
Florida will also take on their permanent rival of Kentucky twice as part of the Southeastern Conference‘s new 18-game schedule and will begin their annual rotation facing Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State and Missouri twice each.
The Gators will begin their SEC slate with four of their first six games on the road but will then have four of their next five at home concluding with Kentucky on Feb. 12.
Florida will play one SEC game on CBS, 11 on ESPN networks, four on the SEC Network and one each on CSS and FSN. Most of the non-conference game times and network affiliations have not yet been released.
Below is the official 2012-13 schedule with SEC games added:
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» The Gators will play four games in the state of Florida but outside of Gainesville for the second-straight year (Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee, Sunrise).
» Twelve teams each from the SEC and Big East will each compete in the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge from Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Florida last faced and defeated Marquette 68-56 in the Sweet 16 round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
» Senior forward Erik Murphy will be able to play in front of friends and family during UF’s road game against Yale. He is from South Kingstown, RI.
» Florida will play three games on ESPNU for the first time ever after having one game scheduled on the network in each of the last two seasons.[/EXPAND]