Florida Gators basketball releases complete 2017-18 nonconference schedule

By Adam Silverstein
July 13, 2017
Florida Gators basketball releases complete 2017-18 nonconference schedule

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The Florida Gators took the Southeastern Conference‘s mandate for league teams to schedule tougher nonconference opponents to heart a few seasons ago, and their difficult booking continues entering the 2017-18 campaign.

Though individual games have been announced and leaked over the last few months, Florida released its complete 2017-18 nonconference schedule on Thursday.

UF’s opponent for the annual Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in Sunrise, Florida, will be the Clemson Tigers. Florida will also face the Cincinnati Bearcats as part of the 2017 Never Forget Games on Dec. 9 in Newark, New Jersey. It is believed that game is replacing UF’s return contest with Michigan State, which was pushed to the 2018-19 slate.

The Gators will also play the Baylor Bears in the 2017 SEC-Big 12 Challenge and participate in the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon. Florida is guaranteed to face Stanford to open the event before taking on either Gonzaga or Ohio State in the next round. UF may also play Butler, Duke and/or Texas all as part of the event.

The Gators played nearly the entire 2016-17 nonconference schedule away from home due to a massive renovation to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Florida will host Baylor in the 2017 SEC/Big 12 Challenge and also have FSU travel to its home arena, meaning it will not play a single true road game until league play.

Check out the entire nonconference schedule below.

DateGator BaitTime/ScoreTV/Rec.
11/1Embry (Exh.)W 80-57
11/9ElonW 74-611-0
11/14Florida StateW 71-552-0
11/18MilwaukeeW 81-453-0
11/22vs. CalW 80-604-0
11/24vs. Ohio StateW 71-685-0
11/28TroyW 84-456-0
12/1at OklahomaL 67-746-1
12/6Texas So.L 54-696-2
12/8North FloridaW 85-557-2
12/12vs. MarylandL 68-707-3
12/18vs. USFW 66-658-3
12/22Stony BrookW 87-629-3
1/5AlabamaL 70-839-4
1/8at AuburnL 73-859-5
1/12LSUL 58-649-6
1/15at So. CarolinaW 71-6310-6
1/19Miss. StateW 80-7211-6
1/22VanderbiltW 61-4212-6
1/24at Ole MissL 54-7012-7
1/26at TennesseeL 71-7812-8
1/29Oklahoma St.W 81-7213-8
2/2at MissouriW 66-6514-8
2/5Ole MissW 62-5715-8
2/9GeorgiaW 72-6316-8
2/12at KentuckyL 57-7816-9
2/15at Texas A&ML 55-5616-10
2/19AuburnW 63-6217-10
2/22ArkansasL 74-8217-11
2/26at GeorgiaW 84-7218-11
3/1at VanderbiltW 82-7819-11
3/5vs. KentuckyL 63-7119-12

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