Florida to host Palm Beach Atlantic in exhibition


Florida announced Wednesday night it will host Palm Beach Atlantic in its lone official exhibition game on Nov. 5 (7 p.m. tip) at the O’Connell Center.

Palm Beach Atlantic finished last season 10-16 overall as a Division II Independent. The Sailfish are coached by Dave Balza, who previously coached at Florida Gulf Coast University before FGCU went Division I. Former UF point guard Eddie Shannon was an assistant at Palm Beach Atlantic last season, but left during the offseason to join former Gator assistant Matt McCall’s staff as director of basketball operations at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

The Gators unveiled their SEC schedule on Wednesday and will open conference play Jan. 2 at home against Georgia. In addition to the Palm Beach Atlantic game, Florida will play a non-publicized preseason game against a Division I opponent. In recent seasons, Florida has played VCU, Georgia Tech and UCF in preseason games.