The Georgia men’s basketball team will travel to Xavier, Colorado and Southern California, among other places, under an ambitious 2011-12 schedule announced Thursday.
The Nov. 25 game at Xavier and the Nov. 28 game at Colorado are rematches of dates in Athens last season. The Dec. 17 game at USC will be Georgia’s second ever against the Trojans, who will return the cross-country trip the following season.
Other highlights of Georgia’s non-conference schedule include games against California and either Missouri or Notre Dame in the CBE Classic on Nov. 21-22 in Kansas City, a game against Cincinnati in Athens on Dec. 2 as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge and the annual meeting with Georgia Tech on Dec. 7 in Athens.
“I think we have established a schedule that, first, should prepare us well for SEC play and, second, should give us the strength of schedule needed in the eyes of the [NCAA tournament] selection committee, if we are successful this season,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said in a statement released by UGA. “A lot of this schedule was completed before Trey [Thompkins] and Travis [Leslie] decided to enter the [NBA] draft, so it should be a real task for the team that we have.”
Georgia’s season opener is Nov. 11 at home vs. Wofford, and the Bulldogs’ SEC opener is Jan. 7 vs. Alabama, also in Athens.
2011-12 Georgia men’s basketball Schedule
Nov. 4 Exhibition vs. TBA 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 vs. Wofford 8 p.m.
Nov. 13 vs. Bowling Green (ESPN)# 6 p.m.
Nov. 16 vs. South Dakota State# 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 vs. California# (@Kansas City, Mo.) 9:45 p.m.
Nov. 22 vs. Missouri/Notre Dame# (@K.C.) TBA
Nov. 25 at Xavier TBA
Nov. 28 at Colorado TBA
Dec. 2 vs. Cincinnati (ESPNU)* 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 vs. Georgia Tech 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 at Southern Cal 8 p.m.
Dec. 20 vs. Mercer 7 p.m.
Dec. 23 vs. Furman 7 p.m.
Dec. 27 vs. Winthrop 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 vs. Delaware State 7 p.m.
Jan. 7 vs. Alabama (FSN) 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 at Florida (ESPN) 7 p.m.
Jan. 14 at Vanderbilt (SECN) 4 p.m.
Jan. 18 vs. Tennessee (SECN) 8 p.m.
Jan. 21 vs. Ole Miss (SECN) 4 p.m.
Jan. 24 vs. Kentucky (ESPN) 9 p.m.
Feb. 1 at Auburn (SECN) 8 p.m.
Feb. 4 at Tennessee (FSN) 8 p.m.
Feb. 8 vs. Arkansas (SECN) 8 p.m.
Feb. 11 at Miss. State (SECN) 7 p.m.
Feb. 15 at South Carolina (CSS) 7 p.m.
Feb. 19 vs. Vanderbilt (FSN) 1 p.m.
Feb. 22 at LSU (SECN) 8 p.m.
Feb. 25 vs. Florida (SECN) 4 p.m.
Mar. 1 at Kentucky (ESPN/ESPN2) 9 p.m.
Mar. 3 vs. South Carolina (SECN) 1:30 p.m.
Mar. 8-11 at SEC Tournament (@New Orleans, La.)
# – CBE Classic
* – SEC/Big East Challenge