Why play such a tough early-season schedule?

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    What's the purpose of playing Wisconsin, UConn and Kansas so early in the season? We're trying to build a team at this time. Instead, all we're doing is teaching our players how to lose heartbreakers. More patsies, please, unless we play in a tourney. We're going to make the tournament, so let's pad our schedule with cream puffs and pile up stats and confidence.

    And we shouldn't be anybody's opponent on the road at this time of year. We're the Mighty Gators the last team to win back to back titles. Let's act like it and demand that they come to us!
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    I think there is a pretty close correlation between our postseason success/seeding in the last three years and the quality of our non-conference schedule. Sure, there is always the risk that you may lose, but that is a lesson worth learning in itself. If we had a healthy roster, we wouldn't have lost any heartbreakers for that matter, but might be a top-five team right now and a candidate for a top seed.
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    If you do not like the schedule this year---don't have a heart attack when you see the one for next year!

    Three of these on three consecutive days next Thanksgiving weekend---North Carolina, UCLA, Georgetown, Wisconsin, Butler, Oklahoma and Alabama-Birmingham.

    I like that we play a tough schedule--gets the team ready for March.
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    Disagree completely. This is a team full of veterans and losses barely matter in the grand scheme of things. Coaches can, to a degree, tailor a schedule to what they think their roster will look like. Problem is, they can't foresee injuries, suspensions and eligibility issues.
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    We have 4 seniors starting and would have had an excellent amount of other players to call on but unfortunately lady luck decided to screw with both our football and basketball teams. This is the kind of schedule that gets you ready for league and post-season play.

    Just a few short seasons ago posters were complaining of our early season consisting of a bunch of patsies. Damned if you do, damned if you don't it seems to me.
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    This is the best time of year for college basketball other then March, there are still plenty of patsies to rest up on.
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    You improve more in a loss to UConn than you do in thrashing Bethune-Cookman by 40 points.
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    Duke went to Arizona. Kansas is coming to UF. Kentucky goes on the road as well. Everyone goes on the road in basketball and plays tough teams. It's big to get your kids ready for conference play where games are more important and for seeding. Being Mighty UF means nothing, because no one in basketball respects teams who don't play good OOC teams.
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    To prepare for January and beyond.

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    Correct, guess the OP wasn't around back then or has a real short memory. Remember SEC Commisioner, Slive, telling teams that they'd better toughen up their schedules. Few SEC teams were making the NCAA tournament also because the SEC was so down and was playing very weak nonconference schedules.
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    It bit us in the rear end in 2008 and 2009.
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    To toughen up the scales and be less green.
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    This... We missed the tourney even though we had 20+ wins because of our schedule.

    Correct me if I'm wrong but a teams RPI has a great chance of increasing with a road loss against a top tiered opponent?

    Unfortunately, very few people will remember that we played these tough games with half our team but it should still help in the long run. I'm just hoping we can have lady luck on our side in a couple more.

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    Just put on your big boy pants.
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    This post made me LOL because it wasn't 3 years ago that the opposite was frequently posted ("why do we play so many patsies, we need to play quality opponents even if we lose").

    We won 20 game seasons back to back in 07-08 and 08-09 and missed the tournament both times because the committee saw that our SOS stunk. The next year DOnovan took a new approach to make sure it wouldn't happen again and its worked well.
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    These are home and home series.
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    Keep telling yourself over and over: "this isn't college football" Losses away from home against quality competition is NOT a bad thing. Other than the injuries, this team is trending UP and these games help when they mean something tournament time.
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    Because they prepare us for the season

    If we were healthy I have no doubt we would have beaten both
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    I'd also add that it gets us exposure on national TV and into other areas of the country which helps with recruiting.
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    Donovan always schedules tough non-conference teams when he has a veteran team (to battle test them) and weaker non-conference teams when he has a young team (to build confidence and cohesion). This is a team starting 4 seniors, they can handle themselves.

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