Florida Gators basketball announced the team’s 2011-12 non-conference schedule on Wednesday. Florida will face six opponents who took part in the 2011 NCAA Tournament while also participating in four events scattered throughout the country – the Global Sports Shootout, Florida Citrus Sports Shootout, BIG EAST/SEC Challenge and Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.
“We’ve made it a practice to play a difficult non-conference schedule, and this is perhaps the toughest one yet,” head coach Billy Donovan said in an official school release. “That’s something that really helps prepare us for the NCAA Tournament. We’re also looking forward to playing games in front of our great fans from several different areas of Florida, and we host some exciting matchups on our home court, as well.”
Below is the official 2011-12 non-conference schedule:
|11/6 at 7:00 pm (SECN+)||vs. Barry (Exh.)||EXH.|
|11/14 at 6:00 pm (SECN)||vs. William & Mary||W 68-45|
|11/17 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)||vs. Miami||L 67-69|
|11/21 at 8:00 pm (SECN)||vs. La.-Monroe||W(OT) 61-56|
|11/26 at 9:30 pm (AXS)||vs. Georgetown||B4A|
|11/27 at TBD (TBD)||Wisconsin or UAB||B4A|
|11/28 at TBD (TBD)||vs. TBD||B4A|
|12/5 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)||at Kansas||SEC-Big 12|
|12/8 at 7:00 pm (SECN)||vs. Yale|
|12/12 at 7:00 pm (SECN)||vs. Texas So.|
|12/14 at 4:00 pm (FSN)||vs. Jacksonville|
|12/20 at 5:00 pm (FSN)||vs. Wake Forest||OBBC|
|12/30 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)||at Florida State|
|1/3 at 2:00 pm (CBS)||vs. UConn|
|1/7 at 7:00 pm (SECN)||at So. Carolina||SEC|
|1/10 at 7:00 pm (FSN)||vs. Miss. State||SEC|
|1/15 at 7:00 pm (ESPN/2)||vs. Auburn||SEC|
|1/17 at 2:00 pm (CBS)||at Georgia||SEC|
|1/20 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)||vs. LSU||SEC|
|1/24 at 8:00 pm (SECN)||at Ole Miss||SEC|
|1/27 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)||at Alabama||SEC|
|1/31 at 1:00 pm (CBS)||vs. Arkansas||SEC|
|2/3 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)||at Vanderbilt||SEC|
|2/7 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)||vs. Kentucky||SEC|
|2/12 at 7:00 pm (ESPN/2)||vs. Ole Miss||SEC|
|2/14 at 6:30 pm (SECN)||at Texas A&M||SEC|
|2/18 at 7:00 pm (SECN)||vs. Vanderbilt||SEC|
|2/21 at 1:00 pm (CBS)||at LSU||SEC|
|2/24 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)||at Missouri||SEC|
|2/28 at TBD (ESPN/2)||vs. Tennessee||SEC|
|3/3 at 9:00 pm (ESPNU)||vs. Texas A&M||SEC|
|3/7 at 2:00 pm (CBS)||at Kentucky||SEC|
» Donovan’s son, Billy Donovan, Jr., is a guard for Catholic University.
» Ohio State won the Big Ten Championship in 2010-11.
» Florida will play four games in the state of Florida but not in Gainesville.
» As OGGOA first reported on April 28, the Gators’ participation in the GSS is part of a five-team “tournament” featuring a collection of games played at different arenas.
» Florida will play in the FCSS for the second-straight season; UF lost to Central Florida in the series’ inaugural game at the Amway Arena last season.
» Twelve teams each from the Big East and SEC will each compete in the BIG EAST/SEC Challenge from Dec. 1-3.
» Transfer guard Mike Rosario will square-off against the team he left, Rutgers.
» It is the fourth-straight year the Gators will play a non-conference opponent on Jan. 3 (3-0) and second-straight year they will play one on New Years Eve day.