Florida Basketball SEC Schedule Overview

The SEC has finally released the full basketball schedule for this year, and Florida appears to have gotten a fairly good draw. The Gators will only play back-to-back SEC road games once over the course of the season, and unlike the previous year the anticipated tougher matchups are better spread out across the full 16 games of conference play.

In recent seasons, Florida has seemingly had a backloaded schedule. This year they will see the presumed elite of the conference very quickly, with Kentucky coming in for their second SEC game of the season in an ESPN 9 p.m. tip January 12. They won't see the Wildcats again until what has become the traditional season ending game, this time Sunday, March 7 in Lexington on CBS. Both halves of the conference schedule feature four road and four home games.

Florida will have a chance to have a major impact on their division standings down the stretch of the season. Of their five SEC East opponents, only the South Carolina series will conclude before the final four games of the year. Other than the previously mentioned Senior Day game at Kentucky, there are no unusually tough setups like last year's 9 p.m. Saturday night tip in Knoxville as part of an ESPN Gameday visit.

The new TV package will be largely a positive thing for Florida fans, although there are a few obvious difficulties it will cause as well. Three times the Gators will play on Thursday and then play another game within 48 hours. Two of those second games will be played at home after road affairs at West Division foes. The Mississippi State game, coming at 1:30 Saturday, February 6 after a Thursday game at Alabama, appears to be a particularly tricky spot.

Gator fans shouldn't have as much trouble finding conference games on television as they have in previous seasons. Three games will air on CBS, eight on ESPN networks, and three on the "SEC Network" package formerly known as the Raycom game. One game each is slated for FSN and CSS. The CSS game, a home affair against Georgia Wednesday, January 27, could be an issue for fans as the network is not available in large portions of Florida.

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