Orange Bowl Basketball Classic Schedule
The Orange Bowl Basketball Classic will be holding its 21st annual event
during the 2014-2015 college basketball season, and each year it features some of the best teams in all of college basketball.
Every December four teams enter the arena for thrilling back-to-back college hoops games that never fail to get the fans on
their feet. The teams participating in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic do not regularly face off against one another and
this is their opportunity to prove their dominance against a team they just might end up facing in the NCAA Tournament or
the NIT come March.
This year the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic will feature three Florida teams, the Florida Gators
who were the number one overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Florida State Seminoles who were a number one seed in
the 2014 NIT Tournament, and the South Florida Bulls who are establishing themselves as one of the top teams in the country
each year. The fourth team in the 2014 field is the Wake Forest Demon Deacons who jail from the powerful ACC Conference and
are looking to make a return to national prominence. The games will be held at BB&T Center on December 20th with Florida
taking on Wake Forest and Florida State taking on South Florida. Each year two of the most exciting games of the college basketball
season are played during the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic and three of these schools will be looking to impress hometown
crowds in an attempt to establish bragging rights in the state of Florida. Be sure to get your tickets to the Orange Bowl
Basketball Classic from StubHub today while you can still get seats up close to all of the action.
Basketball Classic History
The Orange Bowl Basketball Classic is now in its 21st year and has had plenty of thrilling
games en route to becoming one of the best early season college basketball tournaments in the country. This also will be the
tenth year that the Orange Bowl Classic will be held at the BB&T Center and to mark the anniversary one of the best fields
ever has been assembled for the tournament. Florida and Florida State are regular participants in the tournament but rarely
play one another. Last season the Gators took on the UMASS Minutemen while the Seminoles went up against the Fresno State
Bulldogs. The popular tournament only seems to get bigger and better each year which is clear when you take one look at the
two incredible match ups set for the 2014 event. If you have never made it out to an Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, there
is no better time to start than now, and if you have already been a part of this magical tournament you know that it is one
college hoops spectacular not to be missed.
Many of the best student athletes in the world
participate in college basketball, and the game gives birth to some the most passionate fans in the world of sports, this
combination produces an environment that is unparalleled. When you step into BB&T Center for the 2014 Orange Bowl Basketball
Classic this will all be evident. As the teams get set for the opening tip off, fans stand up and loudly cheer for their favorite
team. The games continue with end-to-end action, big-time shots and clutch defensive stops. Suddenly the clock is winding
down in the second half and the two sides are desperately looking to gain control of a game that has been back and forth for
most of the afternoon. Anxiety fills the arena both on the court and in the stands and each possession becomes more and more
important. Finally one team pulls ahead just long enough to advance to the next round and their players and fans explode in
The Florida Gators out of the SEC are annually one of the best teams in college basketball
and have won two National Championships, back-to-back in 2006 and 2007. Head coach Billy Donovan really knows how to recruit
the right players for his system and his up-tempo brand of basketball is always exciting to watch. The Florida State Seminoles
play in the powerhouse ACC conference and are always near the top of the conference standings. The Seminoles have made it
to the National Championship game once, in 1972, and are still chasing their elusive first title. The South Florida Bulls
play in the American Athletic Conference and have been to the NCAA Tournament three times, most recently in 2012. The Wake
Forest Demon Deacons play in the ACC and have a proud history of college hoops that includes a trip to the Final Four and
several notable alumni including future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan.
BB&T Center is home to the
Orange Bowl Basketball Classic but is perhaps best known as the home of the Florida Panthers of the NHL.