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Florida basketball to open SEC play at Auburn; Mike White returns in January with Georgia

Kevin Brockway
Gator Sports

Florida basketball will open its 2022-23 men's basketball schedule with a challenging test on Dec. 28 at defending SEC champion Auburn.

The Tigers, led by head coach Bruce Pearl, return three starters from a team that went 28-6 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year. Auburn is ranked No. 15 in Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Preseason Top 25.

For Florida first-year coach Todd Golden, it will be a matchup against one of his mentors. Golden worked at Auburn under Pearl from 2014-16, first as a director of basketball operations and then as an assistant basketball coach.

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Mike White will return as Georgia coach

Florida will open SEC play at home on Jan. 4 against Texas A&M, a team ranked No. 21 in Blue Ribbon Magazine's Top 25.

 Another date to circle on the calendar, Jan. 7, when Georgia, led by former Florida coach Mike White, comes to the O'Connell Center to face the Gators. White resigned from UF last March to accept the Georgia job.

Florida will host perennial SEC power Kentucky on Feb. 22 and then conclude the regular season with Senior Day on March 4 against LSU.

Florida SEC basketball schedule

Todd Golden's coaching staff talks to the players during the Gators' practice on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at the Florida Basketball Practice Complex in Gainesville, FL.

Tip times and television will be announced at a later date. Here's a look at UF's full SEC schedule.

 Dec. 28: at Auburn

Jan. 4: Texas A&M

 Jan. 7: Georgia

Jan. 10: at LSU

 Jan. 14: Missouri

 Jan. 18: at Texas A&M

 Jan. 21: at Mississippi State

Jan. 25: South Carolina

 Feb. 1: Tennessee

 Feb. 4: at Kentucky

 Feb. 8: at Alabama

 Feb. 11: Vanderbilt

 Feb. 15: Ole Miss

 Feb. 18: at Arkansas

 Feb. 22: Kentucky

 Feb. 25: at Vanderbilt

 Feb. 28: at Georgia

 March 4: LSU