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Antonya English

Gator men's basketball to face challenging non-conference schedule

30

July

Florida coach Billy Donovan's efforts to make the Gators' non-conference schedule as challenging as possible will continue for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

The Gators' will open the season on Nov. 14 vs. William & Mary, then play the front end of a home-and-home series against Miami on Nov. 17.

Florida will also participate in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas over the Thanksgiving holiday, an event that also includes Butler, Georgetown, North Carolina, Oklahoma, UAB, UCLA and Wisconsin. The draw for Atlantis is expected in August.

UConn, which earned victories in two of the Gators' three losses in 2013-14, will make a much-anticipated visit to the O'Connell Center on Jan. 3 for a rematch of this past season's Final Four game.

The Gators will also play at Kansas (12/5); Wake Forest on Dec. 20 in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise,  and at FSU on Dec. 30.

Florida will also have a three-game home stand in December, hosting Yale on Dec. 8 in the final contest of a three-game agreement, Texas Southern on Dec. 12 and Jacksonville on Dec. 14.

“You learn a lot about yourselves as a team when you are challenged early in the season, and those experiences have really helped us in the NCAA Tournament the past several seasons,” Donovan said.

Florida finished this past season 36-3 and the Gators have a Final Four and three Elite Eight appearances in the past four seasons.

Here is the full 2014-14 non-conference schedule:

Nov. 6

Thursday

BARRY UNIVERSITY (Exh.)

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

Nov. 14

Friday

WILLIAM & MARY

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

Nov. 17

Monday

MIAMI

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

Nov. 21

Friday

LOUISIANA-MONROE

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

Nov. 26

Wednesday

Battle 4 Atlantis*

Paradise Island, Bahamas

Nov. 27

Thursday

Battle 4 Atlantis*

Paradise Island, Bahamas

Nov. 28

Friday

Battle 4 Atlantis*

Paradise Island, Bahamas

Dec. 5

Friday

Kansas

Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 8

Monday

YALE

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

Dec. 12

Friday

TEXAS SOUTHERN

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

Dec. 14

Sunday

JACKSONVILLE

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

Dec. 20

Saturday

Wake Forest

Sunrise, Fla.

Dec. 30

Tuesday

Florida State

Tallahassee, Fla.

Jan. 3

Saturday

CONNECTICUT

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:20pm]

    

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