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UC to face Florida at Never Forget Tribute Classic

Cincinnati's Kyle Washington (24) shoots against Houston's Bertrand Nkali (13) and Devin Davis (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team will take on Southeastern Conference power Florida as part of the Never Forget Tribute Classic on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The four-team, two-game event also has VCU battling Seton Hall.

“We are very honored to play in such a meaningful event as the Never Forget Tribute Classic,” UC head coach Mick Cronin said. “Playing Florida is a great game for us. They are a great team and Coach White is someone I have great respect for in our business.”

Tip time and television information will be announced at a later date.

// SERIES HISTORY

Cincinnati and Florida have never met on the hardwood. The Bearcats have played 12 of the 14 teams in the SEC, owning a 41-49 all-time record against the league. Announced earlier, Cincinnati is set to play SEC member Mississippi State three days after its matchup with Florida. The Bearcats and Bulldogs will meet Dec. 12 at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University.

// ABOUT FLORIDA

Florida advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season under second-year head coach Mike White, compiling a 27-9 overall record and finishing second in the SEC with a 14-4 league mark. The Gators were listed seventh in the nation in the ESPN “Way-Too-Early Top 25” ranking on Aug. 17.

// ABOUT CINCINNATI

Cincinnati posted a 30-6 overall mark last season, achieving the second-most wins in school history, while finishing second in the American Athletic Conference with a 16-2 league record. The Bearcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in their seventh consecutive appearance at the Big Dance. Cincinnati was listed 16th nationally in the ESPN “Way-Too-Early Top 25” ranking on Aug. 17.

// THE NEVER FORGET TRIBUTE CLASSIC

The Never Forget Tribute Classic was founded in 2016 and partners with the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund in support of the education of children of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Established within one week of September 11, 2001, the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund provides education assistance for post-secondary study to financially needy dependents of the people killed or permanently disabled in the terrorist attacks.

Information courtesy UC Athletics

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