No. 16 Florida is coming off a big win. Florida State is coming a dominating one.
The two schools will share the stage Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.
First, the Seminoles will take on No. 22 UMass at 2 p.m. The Gators follow at 4:30 against Fresno State.
FSU (7-3) is coming off a 106-62 win over Charlotte, the first time the ’Noles hit the century mark since 2005.
To put the win in perspective, Charlotte last month won the Puerto Rico Tip Off Classic, beating Michigan in the title game.
The Seminoles will wear turquoise uniforms — to raise awareness of bringing sport to Native American and Aboriginal youth — against an unbeaten UMass team (10-0) that has already won a pair of tournaments this season and is No. 2 in the RPI ratings.
The two teams played in the 1999 Orange Bowl Classic with UMass winning 69-60.
Florida (8-2) is coming off a 77-75 victory over No. 15 Memphis at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was the third consecutive regular-season game for UF against a non-conference ranked opponent, the first time that’s happened in the coach Billy Donovan era. The Gators lost to UConn, then beat Kansas and Memphis.
Florida is now 4-2 in games decided by single digits after going 0-6 last season.
This is the Gators’ first meeting against Fresno State (6-5).