The Gators will host West Virginia on January 30 as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The conferences agree to move the challenge to January so it will have a national platform in the middle of league play.
The Gators are 4-3 all-time against West Virginia, but they haven’t played in a while. The most recent matchup ended with a 70-57 Florida win in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla., on December 20, 2003.
The matchup will be special for Florida assistant coach Darris Nichols, who played point guard at West Virginia and scored 993 career points while helping West Virginia to an Elite Eight and two Sweet 16s during his four-year career.
Last season, the Mountaineers went 25-10 and reached the Sweet 16.