Florida Gators basketball releases complete 2012-13 non-conference schedule

Florida Gators basketball announced the team’s 2012-13 non-conference schedule on Tuesday. Florida will face five 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.

“This is as challenging a non-conference schedule as we’ve had during my tenure at Florida,” head coach Billy Donovan said in an official school release. “We’ve made deep runs in the NCAA Tournament each of the last two years and a schedule like this helps expose us to a number of different styles of play that we could see later in the season, and also does a great job preparing us for SEC play.”

Below is the official 2012-13 non-conference schedule:

Date/TimeGator BaitResult
11/9 at 21:15 (NBCSN)vs. Georgetown (Jax)SUSP.
11/11 at 3:30 pm (SUN/FS)vs. Alabama StateW 84-35
11/14 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. WisconsinW 74-56
11/18 at 4:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. MTSU (Tampa)W 66-45
11/20 at 7:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. Savannah StateW 58-40
11/23 at 4:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. Central FloridaW 79-66
11/29 at 9:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. MarquetteW 82-49
12/5 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at Florida StateW 72-47
12/15 at 10:00 pm (ESPN)at ArizonaL 64-65
12/19 at 7:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. SE LouisianaW 82-43
12/22 at 8:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. Kansas State (KC)L 61-67
12/29 at 4:30 pm (FSN)vs. Air Force (Sunrise)W 78-61
1/6 at 5:30 pm (NBCSN)at YaleW 79-58
1/9 at 7:00 pm (CSS)vs. GeorgiaW 77-44
1/12 at 4:00 pm (ESPNU)at LSUW 72-54
1/17 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at Texas A&MW 68-47
1/19 at 2:00 pm (ESPN)vs. MissouriW 83-52
1/23 at 8:00 pm (SECN)at GeorgiaW 64-47
1/26 at 8:00 pm (ESPN2)at Miss. StateW 82-47
1/30 at 8:00 pm (SECN)vs. South CarolinaW 75-36
2/2 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. Ole MissW 78-64
2/5 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)at ArkansasL 69-80
2/9 at 5:00 pm (FSN)vs. Miss. StateW 83-58
2/12 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)vs. KentuckyW 69-52
2/16 at 1:30 pm (SECN)at AuburnW 83-52
2/19 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at MissouriL 60-63
2/23 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. ArkansasW 71-54
2/26 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at TennesseeL 58-64
3/2 at 12:00 pm (ESPN)vs. AlabamaW 64-52
3/6 at 8:00 pm (SECN)vs. VanderbiltW 66-40
3/9 at 12:00 pm (CBS)at KentuckyL 57-61
3/15 at 1:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. LSUW 80-58
3/16 at 1:00 pm (ABC)vs. AlabamaW 61-51
3/17 at 1:00 pm (ABC)vs. Ole MissL 63-66
3/22 at 7:27 pm (truTV)vs. N'Western St.W 79-47
3/24 at 6:10 pm (TNT)vs. MinnesotaW 78-64
3/29 at 9:57 pm (TBS)vs. Florida Gulf CoastW 62-50
3/31 at 2:20 pm (CBS)vs. MichiganL 59-79

SCHEDULE NOTES

» 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 announce its 18-game conference schedule at a later date.

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Florida tops Wright State 78-65 in Tampa

Meeting in Tampa, FL for their fourth Global Sports Shootout game, the No. 9/10 Florida Gators (3-1) took down the Wright State Raiders (2-2) 78-65 behind a season-high 22 points from guards junior Kenny Boynton and freshman Brad Beal.

Boynton’s hot shooting from the start of season continued Monday as he made 7-of-11 attempts from the field and 6-of-9 shots from downtown. Beal, who also grabbed five rebounds, was 6-for-11 from the floor but just 1-for-5 from beyond the arc.

Florida maintained a double-digit lead on Wright State through most of the first half and increased their advantage to 15 points just before the break.

Gators sophomore center Patric Young was poked in his right eye while going up for a rebound just before the break and sat out for the first nine minutes of the second half while holding ice to his head on the bench.

By the time he returned, Florida led 58-43 following an 8-2 run including a three-pointer and dunk by Boynton within a minute of each other. The Gators held a 16-point advantage twice in the second half but never expanded their lead, allowing the Raiders to continuously cut down their deficit.

A deep three by Wright State G Julius Mays concluded an 8-2 run that reduced Florida’s lead to nine points with just five minutes to play, and WSU also found itself down just 10 points with 2:23 left in the game.

However, the Gators kept up with the Raiders shot-for-shot down the stretch and held on for the 13-point victory.

Florida outrebounded Wright State 35-23 and dished 11 more assists (17-6) but turned the ball over four more times (15-11). The Gators shot 45 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc but continued to struggle at the charity stripe, hitting just 20-of-31 shots (64 percent).

Mays led the Raiders with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting (3-for-4 from downtown).

UF redshirt junior G Mike Rosario scored 11 points while hitting on 4-of-5 shots and added seven boards. Five Florida players notched five or more rebounds on the evening including senior point guard Erving Walker (nine points, seven assists, five turnovers) and junior forward Erik Murphy (seven points, four turnovers).

The Gators return home to Gainesville, FL to host Jacksonville on Friday. The game will air live at 7 p.m. on Sun Sports (check your local listings).

Photo Credit: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

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No. 3 Ohio State tops No. 8 Florida 81-74

The No. 7/8 Florida Gators flew to Columbus, OH looking for a signature victory early in the season against a new rival and one of the top teams in the country.

Florida (1-1) did not succeed to that end but held serve against the No. 3/3 Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0), falling 81-74 in a Global Sports Shootout game on Tuesday night.

Ohio State senior guard William Buford led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and Buckeyes sophomore center Jared Sullinger contributed 16 points and five rebounds in his team’s winning effort.

Florida opened the contest with an early 8-2 lead and jumped ahead 14-6 with 14:07 left in the first half after junior forward Erik Murphy hit his third-straight shot from downtown.

It did not take long for Ohio State to answer as OSU took advantage of nine first-half UF turnovers and outscored the Gators 10-3, holding a 35-32 lead at the break.

The Buckeyes came out firing in the second half, scoring five unanswered points and using a 15-6 run to take a 12-point lead with 13:42 remaining. Ohio State put their foot on the pedal at that point, eventually going up a game-high 16 points with under eight minutes to play.

Florida, however, refused to go away. Freshman G Brad Beal scored five quick points on a trey and layup, and Murphy put back a missed layup by Beal to complete a 7-0 run that cut UF’s deficit to single digits, 64-55.

The Gators were unable to maintain their newly found momentum, allowing OSU to keep a significant lead for the remainder of the contest. Junior G Kenny Boynton hit a pair of threes with less than a minute to play, but it was too little too late for Florida.

Beal led the Gators with 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting (3-for-7 from downtown) but also coughed up a game-high five turnovers.

Sophomore C Patric Young, tasked with guarding Sullinger all evening, finished 14 points and 12 rebounds for his second-straight double-double. Boynton and Murphy also scored in double figures, contributing 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Senior point guard Erving Walker, tasked by head coach Billy Donovan to be a game manager this year, had four assists, three turnovers and six rebounds. He scored just four points and was 1-for-6 from the field (0-for-3 from beyond the arc).

Florida went 11/22 from downtown on the evening and outrebounded Ohio State 34-25 (10-5 offensive) but gave up nine more turnovers (16-7) and hit 14 fewer free throws (27-13). UF shot just 61.9 percent from the line compared to 79.4 percent by OSU.

The Gators have less than 48 hours to prepare for their next opponent as they are set to return home to take on North Florida on Thursday at 8 p.m. The game will air live on FOX Sports Florida; check your local listings for availability.

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No. 8 Florida Gators at No. 3 Ohio State Gameday

Event: Global Sports Shootout
Location: Value City Arena – Columbus, OH [Capacity: 18,809]
Time: 8:00 p.m. (ET)

TV: ESPN2/ESPN2HD
SiriusXM: 85
Online Video: ESPN3.com
Live Updates: @OnlyGators

(8) FLORIDA GATORS (3) OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Thad Matta
Record: 1-0 Record: 1-0
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Big Ten
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida +10, O/U 136.5

HOMEWORK

Need to catch up on the Gators before the big game? No problem. OGGOA has been here all season long compiling a ton of information so you can do your homework on the team before its next exam Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

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HISTORY and STREAKS

» Ohio State leads the all-time series against Florida 4-7. The Gators are winless against the Buckeyes in Columbus, OH (0-3) but are 2-2 all-time against them under the stewardship of Donovan. UF defeated OSU 84-75 to win the 2007 NCAA Championship.
» Florida and Ohio State won their respective conferences in 2010-11.
» UF and OSU are each without three starters from a year ago. The Gators no longer have Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus or Vernon Macklin, while the Buckeyes are missing Dallas Lauderdale, David Lighty and Jon Diebler.
» Florida has never defeated an opponent ranked in the top three in a true road game and has not taken down one ranked No. 4 or better in such a contest since 1988.
» The Gators won their 21st consecutive season opener last week.
» Florida is 7-7 against Big Ten teams under Donovan.
» Ohio State is returning four of their top six scorers from a year ago.
» The Gators won three out of every four road games they played in 2010-11 and captured eight true road victories for the first time since 1993-94.
» Florida has made a three-pointer in 652 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 1992.
» UF has the best winning percentage against ranked opponents (.558) among SEC teams dating back to 1999-2000.
» Tuesday’s game is part of the Global Sports Shootout, in which five teams each play four games against common opponents to begin the season.
» Ohio State has held 11-straight opponents under 67 points.
» The Buckeyes are 81-5 at home against non-conference opponents.
» OSU is 33-5 in November under Matta.
» Ohio State was 19-0 at home in 2010-11, shot 50 percent from the field on their court, outscored opponents by 24.1 points per game and outrebounded them by 6.1 boards.

LAST TIME OUT

Florida and Ohio State squared off one year ago in the first contest of a home-and-home series scheduled between the two teams. The Gators held a three-point advantage heading into the locker rooms but were outscored 55-34 in the second half, falling 93-75 in Gainesville, FL. Jared Sullinger and David Lighty each scored 26 points for the Buckeyes, which dominated the latter portion of the game by playing from the inside out. Ohio State was able to take advantage of Florida’s press and knocked down 24-of-34 shots in the second half to take the lead and eventually earn the victory. Kenny Boynton led the Gators with 21 points on an efficient 8-of-14 shooting (5-for-8 from downtown), and three other UF players including Chandler Parsons, Erving Walker and Vernon Macklin scored in double figures.

PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

FLORIDA
» Senior point guard Erving Walker (#11)…who is the longest tenured player on the team having appeared in 108 consecutive games with 47-straight starts. A shoot-first player much of his career, Walker has been tasked with distributing the ball and managing the game this year. He is the SEC’s active leader in points (1,340), minutes (3,222) and treys (217) but also ranks second in assists (381) and steals (123) as well as third in free throws (329). Walker is No. 24 on the school’s all-time scoring list and No. 5 in field goals made and attempted (567).
» Junior guard Kenny Boynton (#1)…who is a dynamic scorer and just the second starter returning from a year ago. Boynton is working on his consistency this season and hopes to shoot better than he did a year ago (38.5 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from downtown). He is the best defender on the Gators and is often put on the opponent’s best backcourt playmaker. Boynton currently ranks fifth in the SEC among active players in points (1,001) and fourth in three-pointers (152).
» Freshman G Brad Beal (#23)…who is starting at the three for Florida fresh out of high school. Beal was the 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year, one of the top five players in the country, and is arguably the most talented player to sign with the Gators since Donovan took over. He averaged 32.5 points, 5.7 boards, 2.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game as a high school senior.
» Sophomore center Patric Young (#4)…who joins the starting lineup this year after being the primary frontcourt reserve as a freshman. Young saw action in all 37 games as a freshman, averaging 3.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in limited action. He achieved his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 boards in the season opener.
» Redshirt junior G Mike Rosario (#3)…who is finally playing for Florida after transferring out of Rutgers and sitting out the 2010-11 season. Rosario scored more than 1,000 points in two seasons with his former team and averaged 16.7 points per game during his sophomore year. He is the Gators’ de facto sixth man and will see starter’s minutes each contest.

OHIO STATE
» C Jared Sullinger (#0)…who returns for his second season after being named Freshman of the Year during his rookie campaign and a preseason All-American as a sophomore. Sullinger averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 boards a year ago while posting 26 points on 13-of-17 shooting against Florida in Gainesville. He has already scored in double figures 35 times in his career including in Ohio State’s season opener.
» G William Buford (#44)…who is the Buckeyes’ elder statesman in his fourth year and is the only player on Ohio State with more than one year of playing experience. Ranked No. 21 on OSU’s all-time scoring list, Buford has 1,437 career points in 107 games (13.4 average) and was the team’s leading scorer during the 2009-10 season.
» PG Aaron Craft (#4)…who led Ohio State in assists (177) and steals (73) last year while also averaging 6.9 points. Craft was called one of the best players at his position by Donovan, who was impressed with his work off the bench last season.

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Florida basketball’s complete 2011-12 schedule

Florida Gators basketball on Monday announced the times for all of the team’s non-conference games this season, officially completing the 2011-12 schedule. In non-conference action, Florida will face six opponents who took part in the 2011 NCAA Tournament; it will also participate in four events scattered throughout the country – the Global Sports Shootout, Florida Citrus Sports Shootout, BIG EAST/SEC Challenge and Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

During non-conference and Southeastern Conference competition combined, the Gators will play 18 games on national television including the conference’s season finale.

Below is the team’s complete 2011-12 schedule:

Date/TimeGator BaitResult
11/9 at 21:15 (NBCSN)vs. Georgetown (Jax)SUSP.
11/11 at 3:30 pm (SUN/FS)vs. Alabama StateW 84-35
11/14 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. WisconsinW 74-56
11/18 at 4:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. MTSU (Tampa)W 66-45
11/20 at 7:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. Savannah StateW 58-40
11/23 at 4:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. Central FloridaW 79-66
11/29 at 9:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. MarquetteW 82-49
12/5 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at Florida StateW 72-47
12/15 at 10:00 pm (ESPN)at ArizonaL 64-65
12/19 at 7:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. SE LouisianaW 82-43
12/22 at 8:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. Kansas State (KC)L 61-67
12/29 at 4:30 pm (FSN)vs. Air Force (Sunrise)W 78-61
1/6 at 5:30 pm (NBCSN)at YaleW 79-58
1/9 at 7:00 pm (CSS)vs. GeorgiaW 77-44
1/12 at 4:00 pm (ESPNU)at LSUW 72-54
1/17 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at Texas A&MW 68-47
1/19 at 2:00 pm (ESPN)vs. MissouriW 83-52
1/23 at 8:00 pm (SECN)at GeorgiaW 64-47
1/26 at 8:00 pm (ESPN2)at Miss. StateW 82-47
1/30 at 8:00 pm (SECN)vs. South CarolinaW 75-36
2/2 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. Ole MissW 78-64
2/5 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)at ArkansasL 69-80
2/9 at 5:00 pm (FSN)vs. Miss. StateW 83-58
2/12 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)vs. KentuckyW 69-52
2/16 at 1:30 pm (SECN)at AuburnW 83-52
2/19 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at MissouriL 60-63
2/23 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. ArkansasW 71-54
2/26 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at TennesseeL 58-64
3/2 at 12:00 pm (ESPN)vs. AlabamaW 64-52
3/6 at 8:00 pm (SECN)vs. VanderbiltW 66-40
3/9 at 12:00 pm (CBS)at KentuckyL 57-61
3/15 at 1:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. LSUW 80-58
3/16 at 1:00 pm (ABC)vs. AlabamaW 61-51
3/17 at 1:00 pm (ABC)vs. Ole MissL 63-66
3/22 at 7:27 pm (truTV)vs. N'Western St.W 79-47
3/24 at 6:10 pm (TNT)vs. MinnesotaW 78-64
3/29 at 9:57 pm (TBS)vs. Florida Gulf CoastW 62-50
3/31 at 2:20 pm (CBS)vs. MichiganL 59-79

SCHEDULE NOTES

» 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.
» Florida will face two pairs of SEC opponents in three-day spans. The Gators will go to Ole Miss on Jan. 26 before playing Mississippi State at home on Jan. 28 and will host South Carolina on Feb. 2 before Vanderbilt comes to town on Feb. 4.
» UF will play nine games in February (28 days) but compete just seven times in January (31 days). The Gators usually play seven games in February and have not played more than eight since at least the 1998-99 season.
» Florida’s will face Kentucky on Senior Day, a game that is also the SEC’s final regular season contest of the season.
» This will be the first SEC regular season without the conference utilizing divisions. Nevertheless, the Gators will play their traditional SEC East opponents twice (home-and-home) and SEC West opponents once.
» Florida has a three-game conference home stretch from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4 and never plays more two consecutive games on the road (Feb. 14 and 18, Feb. 25 and 28).
» The 2011 SEC Tournament will take place from March 8-11 in New Orleans, LA.

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Florida Gators basketball’s 2011-12 schedule

Florida Gators basketball announced the team’s 2011-12 schedule on Thursday. In non-conference action, 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.

During Southeastern Conference competition, the Gators will play 11 games on national television including the conference’s season finale.

Below is the team’s complete 2011-12 schedule:

Date/TimeGator BaitResult
11/9 at 21:15 (NBCSN)vs. Georgetown (Jax)SUSP.
11/11 at 3:30 pm (SUN/FS)vs. Alabama StateW 84-35
11/14 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. WisconsinW 74-56
11/18 at 4:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. MTSU (Tampa)W 66-45
11/20 at 7:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. Savannah StateW 58-40
11/23 at 4:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. Central FloridaW 79-66
11/29 at 9:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. MarquetteW 82-49
12/5 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at Florida StateW 72-47
12/15 at 10:00 pm (ESPN)at ArizonaL 64-65
12/19 at 7:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. SE LouisianaW 82-43
12/22 at 8:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. Kansas State (KC)L 61-67
12/29 at 4:30 pm (FSN)vs. Air Force (Sunrise)W 78-61
1/6 at 5:30 pm (NBCSN)at YaleW 79-58
1/9 at 7:00 pm (CSS)vs. GeorgiaW 77-44
1/12 at 4:00 pm (ESPNU)at LSUW 72-54
1/17 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at Texas A&MW 68-47
1/19 at 2:00 pm (ESPN)vs. MissouriW 83-52
1/23 at 8:00 pm (SECN)at GeorgiaW 64-47
1/26 at 8:00 pm (ESPN2)at Miss. StateW 82-47
1/30 at 8:00 pm (SECN)vs. South CarolinaW 75-36
2/2 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. Ole MissW 78-64
2/5 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)at ArkansasL 69-80
2/9 at 5:00 pm (FSN)vs. Miss. StateW 83-58
2/12 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)vs. KentuckyW 69-52
2/16 at 1:30 pm (SECN)at AuburnW 83-52
2/19 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at MissouriL 60-63
2/23 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. ArkansasW 71-54
2/26 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at TennesseeL 58-64
3/2 at 12:00 pm (ESPN)vs. AlabamaW 64-52
3/6 at 8:00 pm (SECN)vs. VanderbiltW 66-40
3/9 at 12:00 pm (CBS)at KentuckyL 57-61
3/15 at 1:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. LSUW 80-58
3/16 at 1:00 pm (ABC)vs. AlabamaW 61-51
3/17 at 1:00 pm (ABC)vs. Ole MissL 63-66
3/22 at 7:27 pm (truTV)vs. N'Western St.W 79-47
3/24 at 6:10 pm (TNT)vs. MinnesotaW 78-64
3/29 at 9:57 pm (TBS)vs. Florida Gulf CoastW 62-50
3/31 at 2:20 pm (CBS)vs. MichiganL 59-79

SCHEDULE NOTES

» 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.
» Florida will appear on national television at least 13 times this season.
» The Gators will face two pairs of SEC opponents in three-day spans. Florida will go to Ole Miss on Jan. 26 before playing Mississippi State at home on Jan. 28 and will host South Carolina on Feb. 2 before Vanderbilt comes to town on Feb. 4.
» UF will play nine games in February (28 days) but compete just seven times in January (31 days). The Gators usually play seven games in February and have not played more than eight since at least the 1998-99 season.
» Florida’s will face Kentucky on Senior Day, a game that is also the SEC’s final regular season contest of the season.
» This will be the first SEC regular season without the conference utilizing divisions. Nevertheless, the Gators will play their traditional SEC East opponents twice (home-and-home) and SEC West opponents once.
» Florida has a three-game conference home stretch from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4 and never plays more two consecutive games on the road (Feb. 14 and 18, Feb. 25 and 28).
» The 2011 SEC Tournament will take place from March 8-11 in New Orleans, LA.

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Florida Gators basketball releases complete 2011-12 non-conference schedule

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:

Date/TimeGator BaitResult
11/9 at 21:15 (NBCSN)vs. Georgetown (Jax)SUSP.
11/11 at 3:30 pm (SUN/FS)vs. Alabama StateW 84-35
11/14 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. WisconsinW 74-56
11/18 at 4:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. MTSU (Tampa)W 66-45
11/20 at 7:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. Savannah StateW 58-40
11/23 at 4:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. Central FloridaW 79-66
11/29 at 9:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. MarquetteW 82-49
12/5 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at Florida StateW 72-47
12/15 at 10:00 pm (ESPN)at ArizonaL 64-65
12/19 at 7:00 pm (SUN/FS)vs. SE LouisianaW 82-43
12/22 at 8:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. Kansas State (KC)L 61-67
12/29 at 4:30 pm (FSN)vs. Air Force (Sunrise)W 78-61
1/6 at 5:30 pm (NBCSN)at YaleW 79-58
1/9 at 7:00 pm (CSS)vs. GeorgiaW 77-44
1/12 at 4:00 pm (ESPNU)at LSUW 72-54
1/17 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at Texas A&MW 68-47
1/19 at 2:00 pm (ESPN)vs. MissouriW 83-52
1/23 at 8:00 pm (SECN)at GeorgiaW 64-47
1/26 at 8:00 pm (ESPN2)at Miss. StateW 82-47
1/30 at 8:00 pm (SECN)vs. South CarolinaW 75-36
2/2 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. Ole MissW 78-64
2/5 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)at ArkansasL 69-80
2/9 at 5:00 pm (FSN)vs. Miss. StateW 83-58
2/12 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)vs. KentuckyW 69-52
2/16 at 1:30 pm (SECN)at AuburnW 83-52
2/19 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at MissouriL 60-63
2/23 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. ArkansasW 71-54
2/26 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at TennesseeL 58-64
3/2 at 12:00 pm (ESPN)vs. AlabamaW 64-52
3/6 at 8:00 pm (SECN)vs. VanderbiltW 66-40
3/9 at 12:00 pm (CBS)at KentuckyL 57-61
3/15 at 1:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. LSUW 80-58
3/16 at 1:00 pm (ABC)vs. AlabamaW 61-51
3/17 at 1:00 pm (ABC)vs. Ole MissL 63-66
3/22 at 7:27 pm (truTV)vs. N'Western St.W 79-47
3/24 at 6:10 pm (TNT)vs. MinnesotaW 78-64
3/29 at 9:57 pm (TBS)vs. Florida Gulf CoastW 62-50
3/31 at 2:20 pm (CBS)vs. MichiganL 59-79

SCHEDULE NOTES

» 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.

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Gators return to Florida Citrus Sports Shootout

Florida Gators men’s basketball has agreed to participate in its fourth event of the 2011-12 season, announcing Thursday that they will face the Stetson Hatters in the second annual Florida Citrus Sports Shootout at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL

It will be the second-straight season the Gators will be playing in the game; Florida lost to Central Florida 57-54 last year.

UF will begin next season by participating in the five-team Global Sports Shootout along with Ohio State, North Florida, Jackson State and Wright State. The event is a collection of games played at different arenas. Florida will face Ohio State on the road, Wright State at a neutral site (Tampa, FL) and both North Florida and Jackson State at home in Gainesville, FL.

The Gators will square-off against Syracuse in Syracuse, NY as part of the 2011 BIG EAST/SEC Challenge on Dec. 2 and are also set to participate in the 2011 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in Sunrise, FL on Dec. 17.

TBD – vs. North Florida – Global Sports Shootout (Gainesville, FL)
TBD – vs. Jackson State – Global Sports Shootout (Gainesville, FL)
Nov. 15 – at Ohio State – Global Sports Shootout (Columbus, OH)
Nov. 21 – vs. Wright State – Global Sports Shootout (Tampa, FL)
Nov. 28 – vs. Stetson – Florida Citrus Sports Shootout (Orlando, FL)
Dec. 2 – at Syracuse – BIG EAST/SEC Challenge (Syracuse, NY)
Dec. 17 – vs. TBD – Orange Bowl Basketball Classic (Sunrise, FL)

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