ATHENS -- Georgia drew the SEC’s marquee men’s basketball opponent to open the 2010-11 conference schedule.
The Bulldogs will play Kentucky, the SEC’s defending champion and perennial power, in Athens on Saturday, Jan. 8, in both teams’ SEC opener. The game will start at 4 p.m. and be televised on the SEC Network.
The SEC announced the conference schedule Thursday. Georgia previously had released its non-conference schedule, which opens Nov. 12 against Mississippi Valley State in Athens.
The SEC said all league games will be televised regionally or nationally.
Georgia’s SEC schedule includes four games scheduled for national networks: Jan. 25 vs. Florida in Athens on ESPN, Jan. 29 at Kentucky on ESPN, Feb. 19 at Tennessee on CBS and Feb. 24 at Florida on either ESPN or ESPN2.
“The competition within the SEC will be tremendous,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said in a statement Thursday. “I believe we will have the toughest league in the country this season. I’m also pleased about the national exposure that we will get throughout this schedule. I think it speaks well both for our program and our league.”
Georgia will play as many as 17 regular-season games against teams that reached 2010 postseason play, including a stretch of seven in a row from Jan. 8-29.
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