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.
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)