Florida opens with Oklahoma in Battle 4 Atlantis

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Florida will meet an old friend to open the 2018 Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas.

The Gators will begin the first of three games against Oklahoma on Nov. 21. Tip time is noon and the game will air on ESPN.

Oklahoma is coached by Lon Kruger, who coached at UF from 1990-96 and led the Gators to their first Final Four appearance in 1994. Kruger’s 104 wins at UF are fourth-most in school history. The Sooners lost two starters, including freshman standout point guard Trae Young, from a team that went 18-14 and reached the NCAA Tournament last season.

Florida returns four starters, including leading scorer Jalen Hudson and 2017 All-SEC guard KeVaughn Allen.

Florida’s second game will come against either Wisconsin or Stanford on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. For its third game Nov. 23, Florida will face either Dayton, Middle Tennessee, Virginia or Butler.

Under fourth-year head coach Mike White, the Gators have finished third place or better in their last three non-conference tournaments. Last season, UF finished as a runner-up to Duke in the PK80 Tournament in Portland, Ore.

Florida is 2-0 all-time against Oklahoma and 1-0 against the Sooners under White. In the last meeting between the schools, the Gators downed Oklahoma 84-52 in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 28, 2017 in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge.

 

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. Should beat Oklahoma and Wisconsin but always keep in mind that Mike White is the coach. Forget about beating Virginia — ain’t happening! Won’t hurt much though — UVA will certainly be considered a “good” loss.

    • I’m sure that’s what they told UMBC, too … “Forget about beating Virginia — ain’t happening!”. But hey, Tony Bennett will always be the first coach to lose to a 16 seed. Nobody can take that away from him!

      • You’re good at the ribbing and I can take it. Be fair, UVA didn’t have their best player in that game (Hunter). I hope Little Mikey doesn’t choke away the opportunity to play UVA because Lord knows he’s capable.

        When Virginia soundly beats Florida, don’t stay hidden, Mr. Shiver.

        As always, November

        • You’re right; I am ribbing you, and you do seem to take it well. But you’d think a 1 seed would be able to handle a 16 even with their best player out. Still, that’s what makes March Madness so great.

          I’ll be around, and if UVA wins, and they’re certainly capable and should be favored, I’ll acknowledge your prediction.

          Go Gators!