On Tuesday, the Florida Gators and the Miami Hurricanes finally made it official, as the two programs agreed upon the semantics of a home and home series. The two universities have had discussions about doing this, as early as in May, but a statement released finally made the deal as real as Evander Holyfield.
The Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators have not met on the hardwood since the second round of the postseason NIT in 2009. Luckily for them — and in-state rivalries — neither fanbase will have to wait long, as the very first game of this annual series will be played this November the 17th at the O’Dome in Gainesville.
That obviously means that the following year’s game will be headed to Coral Gables. Then, because it is a home and home series, back to Gainesville and so forth. You know, like every other game is home.
For what it is worth at this point, the Florida Gators hold a 45-22 advantage over the Miami Hurricanes in their all-time head to head match-ups.
Both teams are expected to be solid this season, with many expecting the Gators to be a preseason top 15 team. Miami, who fell back down to Earth last year after making the NCAA Tournament the previous season, gains the services of transfer Angel Rodriguez.