Florida’s 2013-14 men’s non-conference basketball schedule is now officially set.
The Gators will face Fresno State in the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic on Dec. 21 in Sunrise. For Fresno State, it’s 2,400-mile road trip. The Bulldogs have a rich basketball tradition (they were once coached by Jerry Tarkanian), but finished just 11-19 last season and 0-3 against ranked teams.
Florida State and Massachusetts will play the first game of the doubleheader, followed by Florida vs. Fresno State. Start times are to be determined.
Here’s a look at UF’s 2013-14 non-conference schedule:
— Nov. 8, North Florida, tbd, 226 RPI
— Nov. 12, at Wisconsin, 9 p.m., ESPN2, 31 RPI
— Nov. 16, Arkansas-Little Rock, 174 RPI
— Nov. 18, Southern, 172 RPI
— Nov. 21, Middle Tennessee State, 33 RPI
— Nov. 25, at Jacksonville, 277 RPI
— Nov. 29, Florida State, 93 RPI
— Dec. 2, at Connecticut, 47 RPI
— Dec. 10, Kansas, 7 p.m., ESPN, 5 RPI
— Dec. 17, Memphis, Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, New York City, 9 p.m., ESPN, 14 RPI
— Dec. 21, Fresno State, Orange Bowl Classic, Sunrise, 146 RPI
— Dec. 29, Savannah State, 168 RPI
— Jan. 4, Richmond, 90 RPI
The schedule includes five teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season (Wisconsin, Memphis, Southern, Kansas and Middle Tennessee State). Of Florida’s 13 non-conference opponents, five finished last season in the RPI Top 50 and seven finished in the RPI Top 100.
Florida’s Southeastern Conference schedule hasn’t been released yet, but its Feb. 15 game at Kentucky has been picked as an ESPN CollegeGameDay matchup. The game will air at 9 p.m. from Rupp Arena on ESPN.
— Abdul-Malik Abu visited the UF campus on Wednesday, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. Rivals.com rates Abu, a 6-foot-8, 233-pound power forward, as a four-star prospect and the 50th-best prospect in the Class of 2014. Florida is in his final four college choices with North Carolina State, Providence and Connecticut.