Georgia will open SEC hoops play vs. Kentucky

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.

For the complete SEC schedule, please click here.

13 comments Add your comment

TK

August 26th, 2010
2:56 pm

Glory Glory

August 26th, 2010
3:25 pm

For the first time since I can remember, I am excited about the Dawgs hoops season.

How is Tech suppose to be this year?

We. Run. This. State!!!

joe

August 26th, 2010
3:47 pm

4th in the east at best

hammerhead

August 26th, 2010
4:02 pm

Year two under Fox will be another step toward making Georgia basketball relevant nationally. Hope to see the dawgs participate in March Madness for the first time in a while…

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

August 26th, 2010
4:21 pm

Wow…. tough one right off the bat and just think, it will be just off the heels of a disappointing football season for the dawgs. Maybe the the new AD will have a top notch football coach by then.

HugoStiglitz

August 26th, 2010
4:22 pm

Tough start. Maybe they will beat Vandy in the next game to get to 1-1.

Go Dawgs!

August 26th, 2010
4:32 pm

The names on the front of the jerseys would make you think that UK will be a very tough start for Georgia, but the names on the backs of the jerseys say that Georgia’s going to have a lot more experience than the superstars that Calipari will be putting on the floor. And the ‘Dawgs came pretty close to beating UK in Lexington last year. If they don’t bring their A-game to Athens, they could find themselves getting upset.

Milledgeville Dawg

August 26th, 2010
6:18 pm

Great imagination on the non sec basketball schedule. Pretty lame guys.

KevinM

August 26th, 2010
6:25 pm

Excellent time to test to see if Georgia is serious to defend their home court. Cal and the Cats won’t be overlooking the new attitude Dogs. The Dogs better have their track shoes on this year….it is push, push and more push with the DD offense.

Georgia staring out with a losing SEC record and a losing home court record: likely.

carl patrick

August 26th, 2010
6:57 pm

GO CATS you pups may own us in foolsball,but not the roundball,.

Coffee Bluff DAWG

August 26th, 2010
8:42 pm

UGA has a legit shot this year for March Madness. Would be nice to start with a W against UK but will be tough.

Cal lost 5 to the NBA but has reloaded and will be the team to beat again in the SEC.

Let's see...

August 27th, 2010
6:59 am

…5 freshmen starters for UK (though very talented freshmen) in THEIR first SEC game vs a fairly experienced UGA team – I like our chances for this game…

TardDawg

August 27th, 2010
9:38 am

UGA is just like Clemson, you won a fluky title in the early 80s and now expect to win another one each year. The most distinguishing feature of your football program is the fact you have a hedge. Topiary in the stadium! Isn’t that cool?