Charlotte, N.C. - The Seton Hall men’s basketball team’s first-round opponent for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational has been revealed, and the Pirates will take on the Florida Gators of the SEC on Thanksgiving night Nov. 24 at 8:30 p.m., at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., live on ESPN2 and the WatchESPN app.
In this bracket-format tournament that features 12 games over three days, the Pirates will then play either Gonzaga or Quinnipiac on Friday, Nov. 25 at either 7:30 or 9:30 p.m. After an off day, The Hall will compete on Sunday, Nov. 27 in the final (1:30 p.m.), third place game (4:30 p.m.), fifth place game (7 p.m.) or seventh place game (11 a.m.).
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Seton Hall is among a power group of schools in the AdvoCare Invitational this season that features five programs that advanced to postseason play in 2015-16, including the BIG EAST champion Pirates, three NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen participants in Gonzaga, Iowa State and Miami, and NIT quarterfinalist Florida.
Among those five 2015-16 postseason teams, the average win total last year was 24.8, the average RPI ranking was 26.4 and the average Kenpom rating was 22.
The matchup with Florida will mark the first contest between these two teams since 1987. The Pirates are 4-2 against members of the SEC during head coach Kevin Willard’s tenure, including victories against Ole Miss and Georgia last season. The Hall is also slated to face SEC foe South Carolina in the Under Armour Reunion at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12.
The full Pirates non-conference schedule will be released in the coming weeks.