Georgia basketball's 2019-20 schedule finalized – 247Sports

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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s 2019-20 basketball schedule is now finalized with the announcement of the Bulldogs’ SEC slate of games. Tom Crean’s team plays ten games in conference against teams that made the 2019 NCAA Tournament including the conference opener on January 7 against the Kentucky Wildcats at the Stegeman Coliseum.

Including the matchup with the Wildcats, Georgia opens conference play with six straight games against tournament teams. The Bulldogs go on the road January 11 for a trip to Auburn, host Tennessee January 15, travel to Mississippi State and Kentucky January 18 and 21 respectively, before closing out the stretch with Ole Miss at home on the 25th.

The Bulldogs also play host to Texas A&M, Alabama, South Carolina, Auburn, Arkansas, and Florida over the course of the conference slate, while they travel to Missouri, Florida, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and close out the regular season on the road at LSU.

“Having our schedule finalized means the season will be here soon, and I can not wait for us to get back in front of the Bulldog Nation at Stegeman Coliseum,” Crean said. “The SEC is loaded with great teams. There are so many outstanding coaches and players. Navigating our way through league play will be extremely challenging and our fans creating a raucous atmosphere at the Steg will be critical to our success.”

Outside of the tough conference schedule, top games for the Bulldogs include a trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational, a home game against rival Georgia Tech, a trip out west to play Arizona State, and a road game against a highly-ranked Memphis team who brings in the nation’s top recruiting class.

Last year, Crean’s first as the Georgia head coach, the Bulldogs finished the season 11-21 with 2-16 record in the SEC. While the performance on the court was not what anybody wanted, fans still showed out in big numbers to see the team play. Georgia’s total attendance of 148,700 topped the program’s previous total attendance mark by more than 9,000, and the average of 8,747 fans per game ranked as the fourth highest number in program history.

The Bulldogs have been hard at work this offseason with a roster full of new players. Five lettermen return, but the team is made up mainly by the squad’s ten newcomers. The 2019 signing class is made up of seven players, including five-star McDonald’s All-American guard Anthony Edwards, and ranks as the No. 10 class in the nation and third in the SEC per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

“We had a really good summer,” Crean said. “We had eight strong weeks, and we’ve been back at it since school started last month. But we’ve got a lot to learn and how we’re going to respond when we start having to deal with physicality is going to be key. We’ve got to get our team to understand as quick as possible what’s going to cause us to lose before we truly understand what it’s going to take for us to win.”

Crean and company will have a chance to showcase their work October 11 at the second-annual StegMania. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the event including open practice, the slam-dunk contest, and a scrimmage beginning at 7:00 p.m. The season officially begins November 7 when the Bulldogs host Western Carolina.

Full Schedule:

November 5 – Western Carolina

November 12 – The Citadel

November 15 – Delaware State (Maui on the Mainland)

November 20 – Georgia Tech

November 25 – Dayton (Maui Jim Maui Invitational)

November 26 – Michigan State or Virginia Tech (Maui Jim Maui Invitational)

November 27 – BYU or Chaminade or Kansas or UCLA (Maui Jim Maui Invitational)

December 4 – North Carolina Central

December 13 – @ Arizona State

December 20 – SMU

December 23 – Georgia Southern

December 30 – Austin Peay

January 4 – @ Memphis

January 7 – Kentucky

January 11 – @ Auburn

January 15 – Tennessee

January 18 – @ Mississippi State

January 21 – @ Kentucky

January 25 – Ole Miss

January 28 – @ Missouri

February 1 – Texas A&M

February 5 – @ Florida

February 8 – Alabama

February 12 – South Carolina

February 15 – @ Texas A&M

February 19 – Auburn

February 22 – @ Vanderbilt

February 26 – @ South Carolina

February 29 – Arkansas

March 4 – Florida

March 7 – @ LSU

March 11 – March 15 – SEC Tournament (Nashville, Tennessee)

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