Florida unveiled a non-conference basketball schedule Tuesday that is both intriguing and challenging.
Mike White’s Gators will be playing games at traditional basketball schools UConn and Butler, and one in New York City against a Big East opponent in a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame sponsored game.
The Gators also will be traveling for two tournaments — the Charleston Classic (Buffalo, UConn, Miami, Missouri State, Saint Joseph’s, Towson and Xavier) in November and the Orange Bowl Classic (opponent to be named later) in December.
The home non-conference schedule features games against North Florida, FSU, Towson, Marshall, Long Beach State and a Big 12 team in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
UF opens the season against North Florida on Nov. 5 and plays host to Florida State five days later, the day after the Gators play Vanderbilt in football in The Swamp. On Nov. 29, the day before the UF-FSU football game at Florida Field, the Gators play Marshall at Exactech Arena.
2019-20 Non-Conference Schedule
|Nov. 5||Tuesday||North Florida||Gainesville|
|Nov. 10||Sunday||Florida State||Gainesville|
|Nov. 17||Sunday||UConn||Storrs or Hartford, Conn.|
|Nov. 21||Thursday||*Charleston Classic||Charleston, S.C.|
|Nov. 22||Friday||*Charleston Classic||Charleston, S.C.|
|Nov. 24||Sunday||*Charleston Classic||Charleston, S.C.|
|Dec. 7||Saturday||at Butler||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Dec. 17||Tuesday||^Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Game||New York, N.Y.|
|Dec. 21||Saturday||^Orange Bowl Classic||Sunrise, Fla.|
|Dec. 28||Saturday||Long Beach State||Gainesville|
|Jan. 25||Saturday||^SEC/Big 12 Challenge||Gainesville|
*Buffalo, UConn, Miami, Missouri State, Saint Joseph’s, Towson, Xavier
^Opponent to be announced
#Charleston Classic on-campus game
Back to back, belly to belly at the zombie jamboree!
Hoping everyone embraces the zombie offense this year. Have the cheerleaders put on zombie make-up and instead of dancing during breaks they shamble around the court groaning and eating fake brains.
The rowdy reptiles can become the zombie reptiles and make loud moaning sounds when we go on offense and the players sleep walk up court and then stand around waiting for the shot clock to run out.
It could become our “signature” thing– the slowest most lifeless fans in all college basketball! Start calling the stadium “The Necropolis” and maybe even get a zombie Albert and Alberta with rotting flesh hanging from their faces, missing eyes and limbs. Let’s all get behind the Zombie!!!!
With the 3 incoming freshmen and Gak, I believe the Gators will be much more up tempo for 2019-20. At least, they SHOULD BE with those guys, but White will need someone to be a solid 3 pt. shooter (40 % or better). Otherwise, it’s a half-court offense as Jaws says.