Florida, Miami officially agree to home-and-home basketball series in 2014, 2015

Streeter Lecka

The Gators will play the 'Canes in the regular season for the first time since 2005 in 2014.

Florida and Miami will meet in a home-and-home basketball series beginning in 2014 in Gainesville, Florida announced Tuesday.

The first game of the two-game series will be played Monday, November 17 in Gainesville, with a return trip to Miami for the 2015-16 season yet to be scheduled. Florida hasn't played Miami in the regular season since December 2005, when the Gators beat the Hurricanes, 77-67, in Coral Gables. That game was the return trip of a home-and-home series in 2004-05 and 2005-06; Miami began the series with a 72-65 win over Florida in Gainesville in December 2004.

The two teams most recently met in the 2009 Postseason NIT, with Florida knocking off the 'Canes, 74-60, in a game played in Gainesville. Florida holds a 45-22 edge in its all-time series against Miami.

This Florida-Miami home-and-home has long been rumored, and dovetails perfectly with the "barnstorming" the Gators will likely have to do during the non-conference portion of their 2015-16 schedule, as the O'Connell Center's renovation is finished.

And, personally, I love that this series is going to happen. Miami's likely going to be something close to a challenge for Florida in the first game of the series — though Jim Larrañaga's 'Canes are likely to be a fringe top-25 team at best in 2014-15, and Florida will once again be in the Final Four hunt — and could theoretically be favored in the return trip, depending on how much Florida loses after the 2014-15 season. It would not have felt right for Florida to schedule Miami when the 'Canes were flailing under Frank Haith, and it wouldn't have helped either side very much.

A few years later, this series will pit the Sunshine State's best college basketball program against the one on an upward trajectory — and that's the kind of game I want to see.

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