Florida will get a significant test from a Big East opponent when it opens play at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando.
According to a report from CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein, Florida will face Seton Hall in its opening tournament game on Thanksgiving Day. Other opening round games will include Gonzaga vs. Quinnipiac, Iowa State vs. Indiana State and Miami vs. Stanford. The tournament is being held at the HP Field House at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
Seton Hall finished last season 25-9 and won the Big East Tournament, upsetting eventual national champion Villanova in the title game. But the Pirates were unable to sustain the momentum into the NCAA Tournament, falling 68-52 to Gonzaga in a first-round game. Seton Hall returns four starters from last season’s game, but lost leading scorer and dynamic combo guard Isaiah Whitehead, who declared early for the NBA draft and was taken in the second round by the Brooklyn Nets.
Florida’s non-conference schedule is continuing to take shape. Here’s a look at some confirmed dates:
Nov. 11 — vs. Belmont at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Nov. 13 — vs. Mercer at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Nov. 17 — vs. St. Bonaventure at Lakeland Civic Center
Nov. 21 — vs. tbd at Amalie Arena, Tampa
Nov. 24 — vs. Seton Hall at AdvoCare Invitational, Disney Wide World of Sports Complex, Lake Buena Vista
Nov. 25 — tbd at AdvoCare Invitational, Disney Wide World of Sports Complex, Lake Buena Vista
Nov. 27 — tbd at AdvoCare Invitational, Disney Wide World of Sports Complex, Lake Buena Vista
Dec. 1 — at UNF
Dec. 6 — vs. Duke at Jimmy V Classic, Madison Square Garden, New York City
Dec. 11 — at Florida State
Dec. 17 — vs. Charlotte at Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise
Dec. 21 — Arkansas Little Rock (home opener at renovated O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena)
Jan. 28 — at Oklahoma (SEC-Big 12 Challenge)
Update: The Florida-Seton Hall game will tip off at 8:30 p.m. and air on ESPN2. The full tournament bracket can be found here.