UF hoops adds Marquette game


Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan stands on the sidelines against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Saturday Feb. 11, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla.

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Published: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 12:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 12:17 p.m.

Florida will host a familiar opponent in next season's SEC-Big East basketball challenge.

The Gators will face Marquette on Nov. 29 at the O'Connell Center as part of the 12-game event between conferences over three days. Time and television have yet to be determined, though it will air over the ESPN family of networks.

Florida played Marquette in March, beating the Eagles 68-58 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Florida returns three starters from its 2012 team, losing Erving Walker and Bradley Beal. Marquette also returns starters, but lost leading scorer Darius Johnson-Odom and Big East player of the year Jae Crowder.

Marquette is the second school from the state of Wisconsin that will visit the O'Connell Center during the 2012-13 season. Florida also is hosting Wisconsin as part of a home-and-home contract between the schools.

The Gators have set up another strong non-conference schedule next season that also includes games at Arizona, against Kansas State (in Kansas City), at Florida State, at home against UCF and at home against Richmond.

SEC-Big East Challenge matchups

Thursday, Nov. 29

Kentucky at Notre Dame

Marquette at Florida

South Carolina at St. John's

Seton Hall at LSU

Friday, Nov. 30

Syracuse at Arkansas

Tennessee at Georgetown

DePaul at Auburn

Georgia at USF

Saturday, Dec. 1

Alabama at Cincinnati

Villanova at Vanderbilt

Mississippi State at Providence

Rutgers at Mississippi

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