WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest will face 2014 NCAA Final Four participant Florida next season, as the Demon Deacons and Gators will square off in the 2014 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on Dec. 20 in Sunrise, Fla.
In addition to the Wake Forest-Florida matchup, ACC rival Florida State will face USF in the one-day event, now in its 21st year, held at the BB&T Center, home of the NHL's Florida Panthers.
Wake Forest is 5-6 all-time against Florida in the teams' 11 previous meetings on the hardwood. The Deacons and Gators last met during the 2005-06 season when Florida beat Wake Forest 77-72 at the 2k Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The teams have split four neutral site meetings, which includes Gator Bowl Classic meetings in 1964 and 1975 in Jacksonville, Fla. and a 1956 Carrousel Tournament game in Charlotte.
Wake Forest will be making its first-ever appearance in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Game times and TV broadcast information will be announced at a later date. For ticket information, contact the Orange Bowl ticket sales office at (305) 341-4701 or visit OrangeBowl.org.
The Demon Deacons are coming off a 2013-14 campaign that saw them finish 17-16 overall and 6-12 in the ACC.
Florida finished 36-3 overall last season, falling in the Final Four to eventual national champion UConn. The Gators, who earned the top seed in the NCAA Tournament, went 18-0 in SEC play and won the conference tournament.
Wake Forest is 79-59 against current SEC schools, which includes a loss to 2014 Sweet 16 participant Tennessee this past November at the Battle 4 Atlantis.