The 2011-12 men's college basketball schedule is out for the Florida Gators. If they win 20 games again this year, they are a lead pipe lock for the NCAA tournament. This schedule is going to be one of the nation's toughest.
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|Thu, Nov. 3||Catholic University (Exh.)||Gainesville, Fla.||TBA|
|Fri, Nov. 11||Jackson State||Gainesville, Fla.||TBA|
|Tue, Nov. 15||Ohio State||Columbus, Ohio||TBA|
|Thu, Nov. 17||North Florida||Gainesville, Fla.||TBA|
|Mon, Nov. 21||Wright State||Tampa, Fla.||TBA|
|Fri, Nov. 25||Jacksonville||Gainesville, Fla.||TBA|
|Mon, Nov. 28||Stetson||Orlando, Fla.||TBA|
|Fri, Dec. 2||Syracuse||Syracuse, N.Y.||TBA|
|Wed, Dec. 7||Arizona||Gainesville, Fla.||TBA|
|Fri, Dec. 9||Rider||Jacksonville, Fla.||TBA|
|Sat, Dec. 17||Texas A&M||Sunrise, Fla.||TBA|
|Mon, Dec. 19||Mississippi Valley State||Gainesville, Fla.||TBA|
|Thu, Dec. 22||Florida State||Gainesville, Fla.||TBA|
|Thu, Dec. 29||Rutgers||Piscataway, N.J.||TBA|
|Sat, Dec. 31||Yale||Gainesville, Fla.||TBA|
|Tue, Jan. 3||UAB||Gainesville, Fla.||TBA|
By my count, I see no fewer than six NCAA tournament locks in there. Ohio State and Syracuse will be on the road. Both of those schools will be competing for a very high seed with national title aspirations.
Another school thinking national title will be Arizona, who will be coming to Gainesville. Expect to see Texas A&M, Florida State and UAB in the Big Dance as well. Other teams that could be tough are Jacksonville, who beat Florida a year ago, Rutgers and Rider.
If the Gators can escape this part of the schedule with three or four losses, the RPI should be right up there with the best in the country. Then comes the SEC slate, which will include at least two games with Kentucky (last year there were three), Tennessee, Georgia and Vanderbilt.
By the time the postseason arrives, this Gators team will surely be battle tested. Hopefully, this will result in a high seed, but won't wear them out too much.