Gator Hoops Non-Conference Scheduled Weakened

At last week's SEC meetings, Commissioner Mike Slive was open about the need for SEC basketball programs to schedule more competitive teams outside league play. The Florida Gators are making efforts in that regard, but one of Florida's more impressive non-conference opponents just got a bit weaker.

Xavier forward Derrick Brown has decided that he will stay in the NBA draft rather than return to the Musketeers' program next season. The departure of Brown (13.7/6.1) means that Xavier will be without its top two scorer from last season's 27-8 team. Seniors B.J. Raymond (14.1/4.1) and C.J. Anderson (9.9/5.5) used up their eligibility a year ago.

Xavier will still have some experienced players for new head coach Chris Mack to build around. 6-9 big man Jason Love (6.7/5.9) is now the top returning player, but Xavier will have five other players who averaged at least four points a game next season including wingman Dante Jackson (6.6/4.5) and guard Terrell Holloway (5.5). The Musketeers will also be bolstered by the eligibility of Indiana transfer Jordan Crawford who sat out last season.

Xavier will visit the O'Connell Center during the pre-SEC schedule with the Gators returning the favor and playing them in Cincinnati in 2010.

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