Florida Gators basketball releases complete 2017-18 nonconference schedule

By Adam Silverstein
July 13, 2017
Florida Gators basketball releases complete 2017-18 nonconference schedule
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The Florida Gators took the Southeastern Conference‘s mandate for league teams to schedule tougher nonconference opponents to heart a few seasons ago, and their difficult booking continues entering the 2017-18 campaign.

Though individual games have been announced and leaked over the last few months, Florida released its complete 2017-18 nonconference schedule on Thursday.

UF’s opponent for the annual Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in Sunrise, Florida, will be the Clemson Tigers. Florida will also face the Cincinnati Bearcats as part of the 2017 Never Forget Games on Dec. 9 in Newark, New Jersey. It is believed that game is replacing UF’s return contest with Michigan State, which was pushed to the 2018-19 slate.

The Gators will also play the Baylor Bears in the 2017 SEC-Big 12 Challenge and participate in the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon. Florida is guaranteed to face Stanford to open the event before taking on either Gonzaga or Ohio State in the next round. UF may also play Butler, Duke and/or Texas all as part of the event.

The Gators played nearly the entire 2016-17 nonconference schedule away from home due to a massive renovation to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Florida will host Baylor in the 2017 SEC/Big 12 Challenge and also have FSU travel to its home arena, meaning it will not play a single true road game until league play.

Check out the entire nonconference schedule below.

DateGator BaitTime/ScoreTV/Rec.
11/25
11/27
12/2
Maine
Virginia
at Oklahoma
PPD
12/2
12/3
Army
Boston Col.
Mohegan Sun
W 76-69
W 90-70
1-0
2-0
12/6StetsonW 86-403-0
12/12at Florida St.L 71-833-1
12/16
12/19
12/20
12/22
North Florida
FAU
Florida A&M
J. Madison
PPD
12/30at Vanderbilt9 p.m.ESPN2
1/2LSU2 p.m.CBS
1/5at Alabama7 p.m.ESPN2
1/9Kentucky5/8 p.m.ESPN
1/12Ole Miss7 p.m.SECN
1/16at Miss. State4 p.m.ESPN2
1/19Tennessee7 p.m.ESPN
1/23at Georgia2 p.m.ESPN
1/27Vanderbilt6:30 p.m.SECN
1/30at W. Virginia
SEC/Big 12
TBAESPN
2/3South Carolina6:30 p.m.SECN
2/6at LSU2 p.m.ESPN
2/10at Tennessee7 p.m.ESPN2
2/13Texas A&M8:30 p.m.SECN
2/16at Arkansas7 p.m.ESPN
2/20Georgia3:30 p.m.SECN
2/23at Auburn9 p.m.ESPN
2/27at Kentucky4 p.m.CBS
3/3Missouri6:30 p.m.SECN
3/6OPENTBATBA

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