Florida to meet Syracuse in Big East – SEC Challenge

On Thursday afternoon, ESPN announced that the Florida Gators basketball team will play the Syracuse Orange in the inaugural Big East / SEC Challenge in 2011.

The two teams will meet on Dec. 2 at the Carrier Dome, the home to Syracuse’s basketball team. The game will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Florida last met Syracuse on Dec. 10, 2009 in the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. At the time, the two teams were ranked in the Top 10 nationally.

Syracuse won that last meeting 85-73 and leads the all-time series 3-1.

However, the Gators are 4-0 all-time in the Carrier Dome, with all four games coming in NCAA Tournament play.

Florida last played there in the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 in 2000, where they topped Duke and Oklahoma State.

Before that, the Gators played in the Carrier Dome in the first and second round of the NCAA Tournament in 1987, beating N.C. State and Purdue.

Big East / SEC Challenge 2011
Thu, Dec 1St. John’s at No. 2 Kentucky
Georgetown at No. 14 Alabama
Providence at South Carolina
Mississippi at DePaul
Fri, Dec 2No. 7 Vanderbilt at No. 9 Louisville
No. 12 Florida at No. 4 Syracuse
No. 19 Cincinnati at Georgia
Auburn at Seton Hall
Sat, Dec 3Arkansas at No. 6 Connecticut
No. 17 Pittsburgh at Tennessee
West Virginia at Mississippi State
LSU at Rutgers