Florida vs. Oklahoma pushed to next season as Gators basketball agrees to play in event, per report

By Jake Winderman
November 29, 2020
Florida vs. Oklahoma pushed to next season as Gators basketball agrees to play in event, per report
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Florida Gators basketball’s delayed start to the 2020-21 season was altered even further on Sunday evening as Florida and Oklahoma mutually agreed to cancel their game scheduled for Dec. 2. The Gators and Sooners will instead begin their home-and-home series in the 2021-22 season, the programs jointly announced.

The nonconference battle in Norman, Oklahoma, was the first of a two-game series between the programs. OU paused team activity on Wednesday, Nov. 25 amid “positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing” within the program, something UF also did last week when it canceled two nonconference games.

Florida was set to open its season against Oklahoma after canceling its first those games again UMass Lowell and No. 4 Virginia. Now, it’s a bit of an unknown when UF will first suit up for the 2020-21 campaign.

Perhaps it will be with the Gators making a previously unscheduled appearance at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander reports that Florida has agreed play two games in the bubble created at the casino complex on short notice — Army West Point on Wednesday and Boston College on Thursday.

The Gators were originally scheduled to open the 2020-21 campaign against UMass Lowell on Nov. 25 at Mohegan Sun. So in a strange twist of fate, less than two weeks after that trip was canceled, Florida appears to be headed there anyway.

As it stands now, Florida will not play one of its previously scheduled games until its home opener against Stetson on Sunday, Dec. 6 in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

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