Florida Gators basketball releases complete 2014-15 non-conference schedule

Florida Gators basketball released the team’s entire 2014-15 non-conference schedule on Tuesday, though times and network assignments will not be announced until closer to the start of the season.

The Gators will face at least three (but up to seven) opponents who took part in the 2014 NCAA Tournament while also participating in special events including the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, SEC-Big 12 Challenge and Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

Potential opponents for Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis include Butler, Georgetown, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, UAB and UCLA.

“This difficult schedule will not only prepare our team for league and postseason play, it delivers a terrific lineup of marquee games for our fans,” said Mike Hill, UF’s executive associate athletic director for external affairs, in a school release. “From hosting the defending national champions, to renewing the Miami rivalry, to playing in perhaps the toughest tournament ever assembled, this schedule has it all for the Gators.”

Below is the official 2014-15 non-conference schedule:

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Florida, Miami schedule home-and-home series

In a move that has been taking shape for weeks, a home-and-home men’s basketball series spanning the next two seasons between the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes was officially announced on Tuesday.

Along with the announcement was the first confirmed date for a Florida-Miami showdown. The Gators and Hurricanes will square off on Nov. 17, 2014 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida. The contest will be UF’s second game of the 2014-15 campaign with the first unscheduled as of press time.

UM will then host its in-state rival in either November or December of 2015 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

Florida is 45-22 all-time against Miami on the hardwood with the schools last playing a home-and-home series in 2004-05; the visiting team won each game.

The Gators and Canes have squared off just four times in the last 23 seasons, however, all of those showdowns have come since 2002.

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Fastbreak: No. 16 Florida rolls Fresno State 66-49

By Mike Brandes – OnlyGators.com Contributor

The No. 16 Florida Gators (9-2) rolled the Fresno State Bulldogs (6-6) on Saturday at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL, picking up a 66-49 victory in the second game of the 2013 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

OnlyGators.com breaks down the Gators’ ninth win with The Fastbreak.

It was over when: Florida found its three-point stroke. A trio if triples from sophomore guard Michael Frazier II and point guards senior Scottie Wilbekin and freshman Kasey Hill stretched the Gators lead to as much as 15 early in the second half. Fresno State made small runs, but UF’s lead never shrunk below nine. Wilbekin finished with 11 points, three assists and six rebounds on the afternoon.

Prominent player: Senior forward Casey Prather continued to impress for the Gators, going 7-of-10 for 14 points with six boards. Prather, who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, provided much-needed offense for Florida, something the team was without most of the game, especially in the first 20 minutes.

Standout stat: The Gators out-rebounded the Bulldogs 47-24, providing Florida with numerous opportunities for second-chance points. This edge led to the Gators scoring 16 of 23 first-half points inside the paint. UF would score more than half (34) of its total points (66) down low.

Check out the second half of The Fastbreak after the, well, break.
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Gameday: No. 16 Florida Gators vs. Fresno State

Event: 2013 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic
Location: BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL [Capacity: 20,737]
Time: 4:30 p.m. EST

TV: Sun Sports (Rich Waltz, Mark Wise, Allison Williams)
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(16) FLORIDA GATORS FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Rodney Terry
Record: 8-2 Record: 6-5
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Mountain West
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida -17 | O/U [OFF]

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida and Fresno State have never squared off on the hardwood, but UF is 3-0 under Donovan against teams out of the Mountain West.
» The Gators are 12-2 all-time in the OBBC and will be participating in the event for the 13th time in the last 14 years.
» This will be the fourth contest in a six-game span that Florida will be playing away from its home court. UF is 1-2 in those three prior games.
» The Gators are 1-0 in games played at neutral sites this season.
» Florida is 2-0 this season against top 25-ranked opponents with both of its losses coming on the road against teams currently ranked in the top 10 nationally. UF defeated a ranked opponent away from its home court on Tuesday for the first time since Dec. 17, 2011 when it faced Texas A&M in the OBBC.
» The Gators are 61-9 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponent under 71 points in a game.
» Florida’s defense allowed 75 points to Memphis on Tuesday, the most given up in a regular season game since March 4, 2012.
» The Gators are now 4-2 this season in single-digit decisions after going 0-6 in such contests during the 2012-13 campaign.
» Florida defeated top-15 teams in consecutive games for the fourth time in program history and first time ever in non-conference regular season play.

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12/19: Donovan demands defense, Young steps up

No. 16 Florida Gators (8-2) head basketball coach Billy Donovan met with the media on Thursday, two days before his team takes on the Fresno State Bulldogs (4-5) at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL as part of the 2013 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

ON THE OFFENSIVE ABOUT DEFENSE

Suffice to say, Donovan is not pleased with Florida’s defense, and it his problems start with the Gators’ inability to effectively defend the three-point line. Through 10 games, UF has allowed 6.1 threes per game with teams shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc. In its recent three-game stretch against ranked opponents, Florida allowed teams to shoot 42.3 percent from downtown.

“Right now I think, when you look at us defensively, we’re not where we need to be or want to be. One of our challenges has been the three-point line in terms of the percentage,” he explained. “I don’t think teams here of late have made an enormous amount of three-point shots against us. But when you have teams going 7-for-14, 6-for-11, those things – that’s a problem, percentage-wise. For us, against the highest level of competition we’ve played against here so far, we’re giving up almost 40 percent from the three-point line. The overall stat sheet is a little bit deceiving, but we’ve got to do a better job there. This will be a test for us to get better because they’re going to test us from the three-point line pretty much every possession.”

Donovan was particularly disappointed by the Gators’ overall play against Memphis. UF’s assist-to-turnover ratio was abhorrent at 0.76 due to Florida coughing the ball up 17 times on the evening. The Gators are currently ranked 200th nationally in assists, averaging just 12.6 per contest.

“I didn’t think that we played to the level, to the standard that we want to play in. I’m hopeful that coming out of our game our guys can see… we got to get a lot, lot better,” he said. “I’m measuring that based on where I think we can be. … We played a really, really poor second half against Kansas; we did not pay well. I thought we were sporadic at best in the Memphis game.

“I don’t look at our team right now and sit there and say that we beat two ranked teams that we’re playing very good basketball right now. We’re not playing to the standard or level that I would expect our team to play at right now.”

He added: “There’s things to me that are disappointing because we’re dealing with older guys that know. That, to me, is a very, very fine line. You start to question as a coach, ‘How bad do you want to be great as a team?’ Because if you want to be great as a team, here are the things that need to get corrected.”

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Florida Gators basketball’s 2013-14 schedule

Florida Gators basketball’s 2013-14 schedule was officially announced on Tuesday.

The Gators are set to face seven opponents who took part in the 2013 NCAA Tournament while also participating in three events – the Big 12/SEC Challenge, Jimmy V. Classic and Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

Florida will take on their permanent rival of Kentucky twice during the Southeastern Conference‘s 18-game schedule while also facing Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee twice each as part of the four-team annual rotation.

After opening the SEC slate at home, the Gators will play four of their next six games on the road before returning to Gainesville, FL, for a three-game homestand from Feb. 1-8. Florida then plays five of its next seven league games out of town before concluding the season with Senior Day against Kentucky on March 8.

UF will play three Super Tuesday games on ESPN and also be the visiting team when ESPN’s College GameDay rolls into Lexington, KY, on Feb. 15.

Florida will play three SEC contests on CBS, 16 total games on ESPN networks, two games on the syndicated SEC Network, two on FSN and one on CSS. Most of the non-conference game times and network affiliations have not yet been released.

Below is the official 2013-14 schedule with SEC games added:

Date/TimeGator BaitResult
11/8 at 3:00 pm (SUN)vs. North FloridaW 77-69
11/12 at 9:00pm (ESPN2)at WisconsinL 53-59
11/16 at 4:30 pm (SUN)vs. Ark-Little RockW 86-56
11/18 at 7:00 pm (SUN)vs. SouthernW 67-53
11/21 at 7:30 pm (SUN)vs. MTSUW 79-59
11/25 at 7:00 pm (FSF)at JacksonvilleW 86-60
11/29 at 7:30pm (ESPN2)vs. Florida StateW 67-66
12/2 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at UConnL 64-65
12/10 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)vs. KansasW 67-61
12/17 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)vs. Memphis (NY)W 77-75
12/21 at 4:30 pm (FSN)vs. Fresno St.W 66-49
12/29 at 3:00 pm (FSF)vs. Savannah St.W 76-34
1/4 at 3:00 pm (CSS)vs. RichmondW 67-58
1/8 at 7:00 pm (CSS)vs. South CarolinaW 74-58
1/11 at 1:00 pm (ESPN2)at ArkansasW(OT) 84-82
1/14 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. GeorgiaW 72-50
1/18 at 4:00 pm (SECN)at AuburnW 68-61
1/23 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at AlabamaW 68-62
1/25 at 4:00 pm (ESPN)vs. TennesseeW 67-41
1/30 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at Miss. StateW 62-51
2/1 at 4:00 pm (SECN)vs. Texas A&MW 69-36
2/4 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)vs. MissouriW 68-58
2/8 at 12:00 pm (ESPN)vs. AlabamaW 78-69
2/11 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)at TennesseeW 67-58
2/15 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at KentuckyW 69-59
2/19 at 7:00 pm (FSN)vs. AuburnW 71-66
2/22 at 12:00 pm (CBS)at Ole MissW 75-71
2/25 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)at VanderbiltW 57-54
3/1 at 4:00 pm (CBS)vs. LSUW 79-61
3/4 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)at South CarolinaW 72-46
3/8 at 12:00 pm (CBS)vs. KentuckyW 84-65
3/14 at 1:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. Missouri
SEC Tournament
W 72-49
3/15 at 1:00 pm (ABC)vs. Tennessee
SEC Tournament
W 56-49
3/16 at 3:15 pm (ESPN)vs. Kentucky
SEC Tournament
W 61-60
3/20 at 4:10 pm (TBS)vs. Albany
NCAA Tournament
W 67-55
3/21 at 12:15 pm (CBS)vs. Pittsburgh
NCAA Tournament
W 61-45
3/27 at 10:15 pm (CBS)vs. UCLA
NCAA Tournament
W 79-68
3/29 at 6:09 pm (TBS)vs. Dayton
NCAA Tournament
W 62-52
4/5 at 6:09 pm (TBS)vs. UConn
NCAA Tournament
L 53-63

SCHEDULE NOTES

» Ten teams each from the SEC and Big 12 will each compete in the Big 12/SEC Challenge from Nov. 14-Dec. 21. It is the first year of the event’s existence following the cancellation of the SEC/Big East Challenge (2007-12).
» The Gators are competing in the OBBC for the 13th time in the last 14 years.
» UF has Thursday-Saturday back-to-backs in consecutive weeks on Jan. 23-25 and Jan. 30-Feb. 1. Head coach Billy Donovan will not be pleased with that.
» Florida will play three games on CBS for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

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Florida basketball set to face Kansas, Memphis

Updated on May 3 at 10:30 a.m.

Florida Gators basketball’s 2013-14 non-conference schedule is taking shape after information was released this week about opponents for the upcoming season.

It has been confirmed that Florida will take on Kansas for the first time since 2006 as part of the inaugural SEC-Big 12 Challenge. KU will travel to Gainesville, FL on Dec. 10, 2013 for what is sure to be a fantastic showdown.

According to CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman, UF will also face Memphis at the 2013 Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on Dec. 17.

The UF website announced on Friday that the Gators will play a road game at Connecticut on Dec. 2. It is the first time the teams have squared off since 1994.

It has long been known that Florida will finish off a home-and-home series with a road game at Wisconsin, host Florida State and Richmond, participate in the 2013 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic (Sunrise, FL) against an unsigned opponent, and take part in a five-team round robin called the Global Sports Challenge that includes Arkansas Little-Rock, Middle Tennessee State, North Florida and Southern.

Below is the non-conference schedule as of press time:

Nov. 8 vs. North Florida
TBA at Wisconsin
Nov. 16 vs. Arkansas Little-Rock
Nov. 18 vs. Southern
Nov. 21 vs. Middle Tennessee State
Nov 25 at Jacksonville
Nov. 29 vs. Florida State
Dec. 2 at UConn
Dec. 10 vs. Kansas
Dec. 17 vs. Memphis (New York, NY)
Dec. 21 vs. TBA (Sunrise, FL)
Dec. 29 vs. Savannah State
Jan. 4 vs. Richmond

Florida will be adding additional games to its non-conference schedule in the near future, so stay tuned for updates.

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Florida grounds Air Force 78-61 in Sunrise

In front of a crowd filled with orange and blue even though Saturday’s contest was billed as a neutral site game, No. 11/14 Florida Gators basketball (9-2) put together a strong second half to ground the Air Force Falcons (8-3) in the 2012 Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.

Florida, behind three second-half three-pointers from senior guard Kenny Boynton, outscored Air Force by 15 and hit 70 percent of its shots in the final 20 minutes, pulling away for a 78-61 victory.

Erik Murphy, who was voted the contest’s MVP after registering a game-highs of 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks. He shot 8-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.

Though the Falcons stuck to what they were good at and succeeded in keeping the game close by going 9-for-20 from three, UF blew it open in the second half with a 36-24 advantage on the boards and an overwhelming 38 points in the paint.

Senior forward Patric Young also scored in double-digits for Florida, posting 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with four boards and a rejection.

Air Force standout senior G Michael Lyons registered team-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds but went just 3-of-12 from the floor in the game.

The Gators will conclude their non-conference schedule after the New Year by travelling to Yale on Jan. 6 for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off on NBC Sports Network.

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