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August 14, 2013

HOOPS: UF's non-conference schedule set

Florida's treacherous 2013-14 non-conference basketball schedule is officially complete.

As first reported by the Orlando Sentinel, UF will face Fresno State in the Orange Bowl Classic at the B&T Center on Dec. 21. 

The Gators' 13 non-conference opponents includes five teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season (Wisconsin, Kansas, Memphis, Southern and Middle Tennessee State) and Connecticut, the 2011 NCAA Champions. 

DATE

TIME

OPPONENT

TV

Nov. 8

TBA

vs. North Florida

TBA

Nov. 12

9:00 p.m.

vs. Wisconsin

ESPN2

Nov. 16

TBA

vs. Ark Little-Rock

TBA

Nov. 18

TBA

vs. Southern

TBA

Nov. 21

TBA

vs. Middle Tennessee State

TBA

Nov. 25

TBA

at. Jacksonville

TBA

Nov. 29

TBA

vs. Florida State

TBA

Dec. 2

TBA

at. UConn

TBA

Dec. 10

7:00 p.m.

vs. Kansas (B12/SEC)

ESPN

Dec. 17

9:00 p.m.

vs. Memphis (@ MSG)

ESPN

Dec. 21

TBA

vs. Fresno State (Sunrise)

TBA

Dec. 29

TBA

vs. Savannah State

TBA

Jan. 4

TBA

vs. Richmond

TB

GAMEDAY (@ RUPP)

ESPN announced its (hoops) College GameDay locations for the upcoming season and the pregame show will air live from Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY on Feb. 15 for the Florida-Kentucky game (9:00 p.m., ESPN). 

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Gators TE's: Who will emerge?

A teaser to a piece I wrote on Florida's tight end battle. Click the link for the full feature...

GAINESVILLE -- The competition to replace Jordan Reed, Florida’s leading receiver in 2012 with 45 catches and three touchdowns, is progressing.

Slowly.

Although Gators coach Will Muschamp expressed his concerns with the inexperienced group at tight end during the spring, his tune has slightly changed early in fall camp.

“We’ve improved where we were,” he said. “That’s what you want to do is take a step forward. We’ve taken some positive steps.”

Reed, a third round draft pick of the Washington Redskins in April's NFL Draft, left a massive void as quarterback Jeff Driskel’s favorite target the past two seasons, and the candidates to replace Reed include two former ballyhooed, yet flawed recruits and a pair of converted defensive linemen. 

“Jordan was such a freak of nature and a great athlete,” redshirt freshman Colin Thompson said. “When it comes to pure athleticism, I don’t know if we have that in the room now, but when it comes to collective effort we can produce.” 

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