Florida Gators basketball’s 2014-15 schedule was officially announced on Friday when the Southeastern Conference released its full league schedule for next season.
The Gators will face at least four (but up to six) opponents who took part in the 2014 NCAA Tournament while participating in special non-conference events including the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, SEC/Big 12 Challenge and Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in Sunrise, Florida.
Florida will face Georgetown in its opening Battle 4 Atlantis game. Other potential opponents over the final two rounds include Butler, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, UAB and UCLA.
UF also takes on Kansas in an SEC/Big 12 Challenge rematch in Lawrence, Kansas. Last season, the Gators took down the Jayhawks 67-61 in Gainesville.
Florida meets Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic and links up again with UConn in non-conference action for the third time in the last two seasons.
The Huskies were one of two teams to beat the Gators during the 2013-14 season, winning 65-64 on a buzzer beater in Stoors, Connecticut, on Dec. 2 and 63-53 during the Final Four in Arlington, Texas. This year, UConn travels to Gainesville.
In-state rivalry games at home against Miami (Nov. 17) and on the road at Florida State (Dec. 30) also highlight UF’s non-conference slate.
The Gators open their 18-game SEC schedule on the road at South Carolina before playing consecutive home games against Mississippi State and Auburn. Florida plays its permanent rival, Kentucky, twice this season but will also take on LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt in home-and-away games.
The Gators and Wildcats will meet twice on Saturday; the first game could wind up hosting ESPN College GameDay, while the second is the regular-season finale for both teams.
UF will be featured four times on ESPN‘s “Super Tuesday” schedule, hosting LSU on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. but playing the other three games on the road with 9 p.m. tip-off times. Florida will travel to Alabama on Jan. 27, Vanderbilt on Feb. 3 and Missouri on Feb. 24.
Florida will play four SEC contests on CBS, at least 12 total games on ESPN networks, at least five total games on the new SEC Network and at least one game on FOX Sports Florida. Many times and network affiliations remain unannounced.
Every game on CBS will be live streamed through CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports mobile app. All ESPN network, SEC Network and FOX Sports Network games will be live streamed through WatchESPN.com and WatchESPN apps on mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xbox.
Below is the official 2014-15 schedule, as of press time:
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» The Gators will only play one in-state game outside of Gainesville when they travel to participate in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in Sunrise. This will be atoned for during the 2015-16 non-conference slate when UF will play all of its home games away from the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
» Mitchell Wilbekin, the brother of former Gators point guard Scottie Wilbekin, will be a freshman at Wake Forest next season.
» Twelve teams each from the SEC and Big 12 will compete in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge from Dec. 3-6.