Gators basketball schedule begins to take shape

The Florida Gators 2020-21 basketball schedule is beginning to take shape.

Tuesday the team updated its schedule page, adding dates to some big non-conference games. The schedule isn’t complete in its entirety but we now know when some high-profile games will be played next season.

Florida will tip-off on November 10 when the Gators host Samford at Exactech Arena. They hit the road to take on Florida State and the Seminoles on Friday, November 13. Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles have won six consecutive games against the Gators, and this will be a huge test for Mike White and his club early on in the new season.

The first week of December will be a huge slate for Florida. First, the Gators travel to Norman to take on Oklahoma on December 2. Lon Kruger, who took Florida to its first Final Four in program history, coaches the Sooners. Later that week the Gators will host UCONN. The two met in Storrs, Connecticut last year, where the Huskies narrowly edged the Gators 62-59 in a good, tight contest.

In between those games Florida will host North Florida (Nov. 18) and McNeese State (Nov. 24).

The Gators will also play in the Emerald Coast (Nov. 27-29) in Niceville, the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 19), and will have a game in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in January.

Florida Gators Basketball Non-Conference Schedule 2020-21
Nov. 10 – Samford
Nov. 13 – @ Florida State
Nov. 18 – North Florida
Nov. 24 – McNeese State
Nov. 27 – vs. Illinois/Iowa State/Oregon (Emerald Coast Classic, Niceville)
Nov. 29 – vs. Illinois/Iowa State/Oregon (Emerald Coast Classic, Niceville)
Dec. 2 – Oklahoma
Dec. 6 – UConn
Dec. 13 – TBA (Brooklyn, New York)
Dec. 19 – TBA (Orange Bowl Classic)
Dec. 22 – James Madison
Dec. 29 – Stony Brook
Jan. 30 – TBA (SEC/Big 12 Challenge)

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