Gators to face West Virginia in Jimmy V Classic


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Florida will square off vs. West Virginia in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 4.

This will be the second time in three years the Gators will participate in the Jimmy V Classic, which remains one of men’s college basketball’s marquee non-conference events.

Florida annually plays one of the nation’s toughest non-conference schedules packed with high-caliber opponents. West Virginia fits that profile, posting a 26-11 record last season and advancing to the Sweet 16 before falling to Villanova.

“The Jimmy V Classic is a special event, and we’re really excited for Florida to be part of it again,” UF coach Mike White said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to play a high-level opponent in one of the best basketball venues in the world. Beyond the court, the work that the V Foundation does to fund cancer research is so important, and we’re glad the Gators can have a role in helping support that mission.”

The Gators hold a 5-3 record all-time vs. the Mountaineers. Florida won the last meeting, an 88-71 victory in Gainesville in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 30, 2016. That win, against a ninth-ranked WVU squad, marked White’s first vs. a ranked opponent as UF’s head coach.

Florida last competed in the Jimmy V Classic in December 2016, falling to fifth-ranked Duke. Florida also picked up a win at the event in 2013, defeating Memphis in a 77-75 thriller that helped kick-start a 30-game win streak.


  1. I love White’s determination to bring on tough competition. Nothing is more boring than games against patsies and nothing more distracting than having guys on the team feed their egos against vastly inferior teams. Games against undeniably tough teams like West Virginia either build up their ranking or point out their flaws, with both outcomes having benefits.