Reports: Florida basketball to host FGCU in ’15-16

By Adam Silverstein
June 19, 2015

Just weeks before the Florida Gators and Florida Gulf Coast Eagles squared off in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, few knew of the upstart program that dunked its way to the Sweet 16 only to go down 62-50 to the Gators.

FGCU, or “Dunk City” as they were affectionately known, is now a familiar name to college basketball fans, and its status has reportedly earned it a rematch with UF.

According to local media reports, the Gators will host the Eagles as part of their 2015-16 nonconference schedule, as first noted by Alligator Army. Florida will reportedly play FCU on Nov. 27 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville.

UF has not yet released its complete 2015-16 non-conference schedule, but a variety of other match-ups have already been confirmed.

The Gators will open the 2015-16 campaign against Navy in the 2015 Veterans Classic on Friday, Nov. 13 in Annapolis, Maryland. Florida will also participate in the 2015 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, which includes two home games (North Carolina A&T – Nov. 16, Vermont – Nov. 25) and two neutral-site contests (Saint Joseph’s – Nov. 21, Old Dominion/Purdue – Nov. 22).

It has also been announced that UF will return to the 2015 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic for the 15th time in 16 seasons, and Florida will play at Miami as the second of a home-and-home game that saw the Canes come to Gainesville during the 2014-15 campaign.

Finally, the Gators will host West Virginia on Jan. 30, 2016, in the third annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The game, one of 10 between the conferences played that day, will be held during the SEC league schedule with a special bye week created by the conference in order to fit the contest in.

There have also been reports that Florida and Michigan State are discussing a home-and-home series for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, though that has not been confirmed as of press time.

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