Game time: Thursday at 9 p.m. ET
Florida has staked an early claim as one of the nation's best teams with its first 5-0 start since the 2009-10 season. But after their first five wins came by an average of 23.8 points, the seventh-ranked Gators will likely learn much more about themselves during a tougher three-game stretch.
It begins Thursday night when they host Marquette in an SECBig East Challenge matchup and a rematch of a regional semifinal in last season's NCAA tournament, which Florida won 68-58.
After facing the Golden Eagles, Florida will play games at Florida State and at No. 9 Arizona.
"After November and December are done, we'll look at our non-conference schedule and say there isn't a style, system or situation we haven't really had a chance to get exposed to," coach Billy Donovan said. "I'd think ours has to be one of the more challenging non-conference schedules in the country."
The Gators appear to have more...