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Nearly two decades will have elapsed when Florida basketball faces one of its in-state rivals this coming season. The university recently announced that the Gators are set to face the South Florida Bulls in the 2021 Orange Bowl Classic held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, on December 18.
The last time the two teams faced each other on the parquet was December 12, 2002, when UF overtook USF, 68-52, at home in the O’Connell Center. Notable names on that Florida roster include Matt Bonner, Anthony Roberson, Matt Walsh, David Lee and Brett Nelson, who headlined a squad that finished 25-8 overall that year and No. 10 in the AP Poll after the regular season but lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to the Michigan State Spartans.
Florida has won six of the last seven meetings and has a firm grip on the all-time series, notching an 18-5 record since the two schools first faced each other in 1971. The Gators’ longest winning streak of eight games stretched from 1983 to 1989. The recent 19-year gap between games is the longest in series history.
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