By R.L. Bynum

North Carolina will visit Florida on Saturday, Oct. 23 for a closed scrimmage, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.

NCAA teams have the choice of playing exhibition games against two non-Division I teams or scheduling one exhibition and a closed scrimmage against a Division I team. The Tar Heels’ exhibition game will be at home against Elizabeth City State at 7:30 on Friday, Nov. 5.

Carolina didn’t have a closed scrimmage last season after facing Villanova in 2018 and 2019.

The Gators come off a 15–10 season. They beat Virginia Tech in overtime 75–70 in the first round of the NCAA tournament before losing 81–78 to Oral Roberts.

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Florida enters the season uncertain about the health of Keyontae Johnson, who collapsed in a Dec. 12 game and has not played since then. He still is waiting medical clearance to play.

Returning for Florida is 6–11 center Colin Castleton, who was a second-team All-SEC selection after averaging 12.4 points per game last season.

The Gators added four transfers in Phlandrous Fleming (from Charleston Southern), Brandon McKissic (UMKC), C.J. Felder (Boston College) and Myreon Jones (Penn State).

In the Tar Heels’ last meeting with Boston College on Feb. 1, 2020, in the Smith Center, Felder started and had six points and four rebounds in the Eagles’ 71–70 victory. Last season for BC, Felder averaged 9.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Florida’s coach is Mike White, who has a seven-year record of 123–75. His father is Keven White, the former Duke athletics director.

The Gators open at home on Nov. 9 against Elon. The Phoenix visit UNC on Dec. 11.

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