Florida Announces Non-Conference Schedule

Billy Donovan continues to challenge his team with difficult non-conference schedules, and the 2011-2012 season will be no different. The Gators will take on six teams that made the 2011 NCAA Tournament in their non-conference schedule this season, while three of those teams made it to the Sweet Sixteen or better.

"We've made it a practice to play a difficult non-conference schedule, and this is perhaps the toughest one yet," Florida head coach Billy Donovan said. "That's something that really helps prepare us for the NCAA Tournament. We're also looking forward to playing games in front of our great fans from several different areas of Florida, and we host some exciting matchups on our home court, as well."

There are six marquee matchups on the non-conference scheduling, starting with the second game of the season. The Gators travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State on November 15 for an early test. Florida will then hit the road to play at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse on December 2.

When the Gators return home, it doesn't get much easier, as Florida hosts Arizona on December 7. The Gators will have their final neutral site game will be against Texas A&M on December 17 in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise.

Florida will host Florida State on December 22. The Gators will then get a short break for the Christmas holiday before heading to Piscataway, N.J., to take on Rutgers on December 29.

Florida will play four games inside that state of Florida that aren't in Gainesville. The Gators take on Wright State on November 21 in Tampa at the St. Pete Times Forum, a part of the Global Sports Shootout. One week later, the Gators will take on Stetson on November 28 at the Amway Arena.

Florida will take on Rider in Jacksonville on December 9, followed by the game against Texas A&M.

The Gators will host in-state teams North Florida (November 17) and Jacksonville (November 25). The non-conference schedule comes to an end when the Gators host Yale (December 31) and UAB (January 3).

The first game of the season is on November 11 when Florida hosts Jackson State.

Game times and the conference schedule will be announced at a later time.