Dunk City is coming to Gainesville.
For the first time since the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Florida and Florida Gulf Coast will meet on a basketball court, this time in a nonconference game on November 27 in Gainesville, according to multiple reports from Naples-area writers.
That last meeting between the two teams was in the Sweet Sixteen of that 2013 NCAA Tournament, in which Florida slowed down the high-octane, dunk-happy Eagles — the darlings of the 2013 NCAA Tournament — in a 62-50 victory. The two years since then have produced more turnover in the two programs than you might expect: The only player who appeared in that game and remains on either program's roster is FGCU's Filip Cvjeticanin, who played just six minutes for the Eagles that night in
Dallas North Texas, and coaches Billy Donovan (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Andy Enfield (USC) have each departed their Sunshine State schools.
In the teams' only other meeting, Florida defeated FGCU in a nonconference game in 2008. For a sense of how long ago that was, Walter Hodge and Alex Tyus led the Gators in scoring in that game, chipping in 19 points each.