No. 9 UF vs. UNC Wilmington
When/where: 7; O'Connell Center, Gainesville
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM
Notable: Florida opens with its highest preseason ranking since 2007 and returns five starters. The Gators are hoping veteran leadership will be a key ingredient for success. Florida has won 19 consecutive season openers, 14 of those under coach Billy Donovan, who is entering his 15th season at UF. It is the longest tenure of any coach in the SEC. … Former Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson returns to the O'Dome in his first season with UNC Wilmington. In his last visit to Gainesville, he led Tennessee to an 83-76 overtime win in 2005, but is 1-3 overall in the O'Dome.
Antonya English, Times staff writer