Florida will play at Michigan State as part of its 2015-16 non-conference basketball schedule, the program announced on Tuesday with the release of its full non-conference schedule.
"This is a first-rate schedule, and we will learn a lot about our team early on," (Michael) White said. "Everyone here is looking forward to the season and I know Gator Nation shares our enthusiasm, so we’re continuing to work hard every day in preparation."
Florida's non-conference schedule features just two true road games — the conclusion of its two-game series with Miami on December 8 and the beginning of a new series with the Spartans on December 12. Florida will get the second game of its home-and-home series with Michigan State in Gainesville in 2017-18, likely after the completion of renovations of the O'Connell Center.
This season, the Gators will play six non-conference games away from the O'Dome, including their season opener at Navy in the Veterans Classic, and just seven home ones. Prior to a January meeting with West Virginia in Gainesville as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, Florida will have played exactly as many non-conference games away from home as at it.
Between the difficulty introduced by non-home games and a roster of foes featuring 2015 Final Four participant Michigan State, always-good Richmond, and Florida State and Miami teams that should contend for NCAA Tournament berths, this is an excellent schedule — and it's good to see that the rigor that had become tradition under Billy Donovan will persist into at least the first season of Michael White's tenure as Florida's head coach.
Florida Gators 2015-16 Non-Conference Men's Basketball Schedule
|November 13 (Friday)||Navy||Annapolis, MD||Veterans Classic|
|November 16 (Monday||North Carolina A&T||Gainesville, FL||Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament|
|November 21 (Saturday)||Saint Joseph's||Uncasville, CT||Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament|
|November 22 (Saturday)||Purdue OR Old Dominion||Uncasville, CT||Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament|
|November 25 (Wednesday)||Vermont||Gainesville, FL||Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament|
|November 27 (Friday)||Florida Gulf Coast||Gainesville, FL||First meeting since 2013 Sweet Sixteen|
|December 1 (Tuesday)||Richmond||Gainesville, FL||Last meeting: UF won 67-58 in 2014|
|December 8 (Tuesday)||Miami||Coral Gables, FL||Miami snapped O'Dome streak last fall|
|December 12 (Saturday)||Michigan State||East Lansing, MI||First trip to East Lansing since 2000|
|December 19 (Saturday)||Oklahoma State||Sunrise, FL||Orange Bowl Classic|
|December 22 (Tuesday)||Jacksonville||Gainesville, FL||Florida is 30-5 all time vs. Dolphins|
|December 29 (Tuesday)||Florida State||Gainesville, FL||Gators have won three straight at home|
|January 30 (Saturday)||West Virginia||Gainesville, FL||SEC/Big 12 Challenge|