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UF, FSU, Clemson, Oklahoma St. in OB Basketball Classic

Florida guard Chris Chiozza (11) puts up a last second 3-point shot to score the game-winning points against Wisconsin in overtime of an East Regional semifinal game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, March 25, 2017, in New York. Florida won 84-83.
Florida guard Chris Chiozza (11) puts up a last second 3-point shot to score the game-winning points against Wisconsin in overtime of an East Regional semifinal game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, March 25, 2017, in New York. Florida won 84-83. AP

Good news for fans of the University of Florida and Florida State University basketball teams: The Gators and Seminoles will be back in South Florida Dec. 16 for the 24th annual MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

The Gators, coming off an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight run, will play the Clemson Tigers, who played in the NIT after finishing 17-16 last season. Florida went 27-9 overall and 14-4 in the SEC.

In the other game, FSU, which finished 26-9 a year ago and lost in the NCAA Tournament second round, will face the Oklahoma State Cowboys from the Big 12 Conference. The Cowboys were 20-13 (9-9 in the conference) before losing by a point to Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

FSU coach Leonard Hamilton coached Oklahoma State from 1986-90 before becoming head coach at the University of Miami.

UF is 16-2 all-time in the OB Classic. FSU is 7-1. For ticket information, call (305) 341-4701 or email tickets@orangebowl.org

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