GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators will open the upcoming Southeastern Conference basketball season at home Jan. 8 against South Carolina and end it two months later at home March 8 against Kentucky.
The SEC released its schedule Tuesday, thus putting the finishing touches on the Gators’ 2013-14 slate, which looms as one of the most attractive, competitive and, yes, difficult in program history.
UF, which went 29-8 and advanced to the Elite Eight for a third straight year, gets its usual two games against Kentucky (with its top-rated recruiting class) and two against Tennessee (which already is being hailed as a top 20 team by many). There’s also a trip to Arkansas (for a third straight year), plus one to Ole Miss (which upset the Gators in the SEC Tournament title game).
The Feb. 4 game against Missouri at the O’Connell Center, Feb. 11 contest at Tennessee and Feb. 25 trip to Vanderbilt will be 9 p.m. tip-offs as part of ESPN’s Super Tuesday pact with the SEC.
UF will play three times on CBS, including a high-noon showdown against Kentucky in the final home game of the year.
The 18-game SEC schedule will follow a 13-game non-conference slate that includes road games at Wisconsin and Connecticut, home dates against Kansas and Florida State, plus a neutral site meeting with Memphis at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic.
UF will open the season Nov. 8 at home against North Florida, a Friday game that will likely precede Gator Growl on the eve of the football team’s homecoming date against Vanderbilt.
The schedule (starting times to be determined unless noted):