Florida Gators basketball releases non-conference schedule

The schedule for Mike White’s first season as the head coach of the Florida Gators basketball program is set. Florida announced the final four non-conference games on Tuesday, completing their 2015-16 schedule.

The Gators will travel down to Miami to take on the Miami Hurricanes on December 8 and then turn around and travel to East Lansing, Michigan to take on the Michigan State Spartans on December 12.

“This is a first-rate schedule, and we will learn a lot about our team early on,” White said. “Everyone here is looking forward to the season and I know Gator Nation shares our enthusiasm, so we’re continuing to work hard every day in preparation.”

The trip to Miami finishes off a home-and-home series that began last year in Gainesville and the trip to East Lansing begins a home-and-home series with the Spartans. Michigan State will return the favor with a trip to Gainesville in the 2017-18 season.

The Gators will play six non-conference games away from the Stephen C. O’Connell Center this season, beginning with their contest against Navy in the Veteran’s Classic. However, there are only two true road games at Miami and at Michigan State, as the rest of their non-conference road matchups will take place in tournament settings.

Here is the full non-conference schedule for Mike White’s first season at the helm in Gainesville.

  • Nov. 13 Friday Navy Annapolis, Md. Veterans Classic
  • Nov. 16 Monday NORTH CAROLINA A&T Gainesville, Fla. Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament
  • Nov. 21 Saturday Saint Joseph’s Uncasville, Conn. Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament
  • Nov. 22 Sunday Purdue OR Old Dominion Uncasville, Conn. Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament
  • Nov. 25 Wednesday VERMONT Gainesville, Fla. Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Nov. 27 Friday FLORIDA GULF COAST Gainesville, Fla.
  • Dec. 1 Tuesday RICHMOND Gainesville, Fla.
  • Dec. 8 Tuesday Miami Coral Gables, Fla.
  • Dec. 12 Saturday Michigan State East Lansing, Mich.
  • Dec. 19 Saturday Oklahoma State Sunrise, Fla. Orange Bowl Classic
  • Dec. 22 Tuesday JACKSONVILLE Gainesville, Fla.
  • Dec. 29 Tuesday FLORIDA STATE Gainesville, Fla.
  • Jan. 30 Saturday WEST VIRGINIA Gainesville, Fla. SEC/Big 12 Challenge
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