UGA hoops schedule set; no trip to Kentucky

Georgia’s 2012-13 men’s basketball schedule, announced Friday, includes two games against Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M but only one game against each of the eight other SEC opponents.

The schedule format is different than in the past because of the SEC’s expansion from 12 teams to 14 and from 16 conference games to 18.

Under the format approved by SEC schools in June, each team has one designated opponent that it will play twice every season – South Carolina in Georgia’s case – while other home-and-home opponents will rotate from year to year.

As a result, for the first time since the 1963-64 season, Georgia will not have a road game against Kentucky.

The Bulldogs’ lone game against Kentucky, the defending NCAA champion, is scheduled for March 7 in Athens, the next-to-last game of the regular season. (Georgia’s all-time record against the Wildcats in Lexington, Ky., is 5-57.)

In another rarity, Georgia’s schedule includes only one game against Vanderbilt — Feb. 27 in Nashville. This marks the first season since 1963-64 that Georgia is to play Vanderbilt only once and the first season since 1962-63 that Vandy will not play in Athens.

Georgia’s season opener is Nov. 9 against Jacksonville in Athens. The Bulldogs’ SEC opener is Jan. 9 at Florida, followed by their SEC home opener against Mississippi State on Jan. 12 and a trip to league newcomer Missouri on Jan. 16.

Highlights of the Bulldogs’ non-conference schedule include a Nov. 19 game against Indiana (expected to be at or near the top of the preseason polls) in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y., a Nov. 20 game in Brooklyn against either UCLA or Georgetown, and a Dec. 4 game at Georgia Tech.

Georgia also has non-conference games against 2012 NCAA tournament teams Southern Miss (Nov. 15 in Athens), South Florida (Nov. 30 on the road in the annual SEC/Big East Challenge) and Iona (Dec. 15 in Athens).

Like last season, the SEC basketball standings will be league-wide and not broken down by divisions.

2012-13 UGA men’s basketball schedule

Nov. 9 Jacksonville (Time TBA)

Nov. 12 Youngstown State (7 p.m.)*

Nov. 15 Southern Miss (Time TBA)*

Nov. 19 Indiana (@Brooklyn, N.Y.) (5:30 p.m.)*

Nov. 20 UCLA/Georgetown (@Brooklyn, N.Y.)*

Nov. 23 East Tennessee State (Time TBA)

Nov. 30 at South Florida (7 p.m.)%

Dec. 4 at Georgia Tech (Time TBA)

Dec. 15 Iona (Time TBA)

Dec. 18 Mercer (Time TBA)

Dec. 22 Southern Cal (Time TBA)

Dec. 29 Florida A&M (Time TBA)

Jan. 4 George Washington (Time TBA)

Jan. 9 at Florida (7 p.m.)

Jan. 12 Mississippi State (1:45 p.m.)

Jan. 16 at Missouri (8 p.m.)

Jan. 19 LSU (8 p.m.)

Jan. 23 Florida (8 p.m.)

Jan. 26 at Texas A&M (6 p.m.)

Jan. 30 Auburn (7 p.m.)

Feb. 2 at South Carolina (1:45 p.m.)

Feb. 6 at Tennessee (8 p.m.)

Feb. 9 Texas A&M (5 p.m.)

Feb. 12 Alabama (9 p.m.)

Feb. 16 at Ole Miss (8 p.m.)

Feb. 21 at Arkansas (7 p.m.)

Feb. 23 South Carolina (2 p.m.)

Feb. 27 at Vanderbilt (9 p.m.)

March 2 Tennessee (1:45 p.m.)

March 7 Kentucky (7 p.m.)

March 9 at Alabama (4 p.m.)

March 13-17 SEC Tournament @Nashville, Tenn.

*Legends Classic

%SEC/Big East Challenge

16 comments Add your comment

chipperdawg

August 10th, 2012
1:19 pm

chipperdawg

August 10th, 2012
1:20 pm

My 1st first EVER!

Top Dawg

August 10th, 2012
1:21 pm

Great information… Ok, back to football info!

Tampa Gator

August 10th, 2012
1:23 pm

No Bama in football and no Kentucky at Kentucky in basketball…..the schedule gods love you.

JK

August 10th, 2012
4:30 pm

Yeah Tampa but we have to play Missouri in their house in both football and basketball.

William

August 10th, 2012
5:21 pm

Hopefully this schedule will be hard enough to enter them in the field of 65. Go Dogs.

Chicken Bone

August 10th, 2012
10:22 pm

No Georgia STATE? What a shame as you all couldn’t take the beat down! Good LUCK BoolDAWGS

Milledgeville Dawg

August 10th, 2012
10:27 pm

Not a good bang for your buck if you give $2000.00 like I did for a donation. Need to step it up McGarity.

Jimmy Crack

August 11th, 2012
4:35 am

I wonder if they missed games in 1963 due to the assassination of Kennedy. Too far back for me.

B

August 11th, 2012
6:37 am

How is their trip to Italy going?

MT

August 11th, 2012
8:15 am

I wonder if they missed games in 1963 due to the assassination of Kennedy. Too far back for me

Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22 1963 that would have been the 63-64 season.
Dawgs didn’t go to Lex. the 62-63 season according to the article.

Top Row Dawg

August 11th, 2012
9:05 am

Aw man the best game every year is when Kentucky comes to town. I’m guessing this new format will mean they aren’t coming to Athens next year? That needs to be fixed before that happens.

SteveW

August 11th, 2012
1:09 pm

Home games with So. Cal and George Washington are also good for strength of schedule. Fox does a good job with scheduling some pretty difficult teams.

Paul in NH

August 11th, 2012
2:03 pm

That’s a pretty difficult OOC schedule for a mid-SEC team.

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John Strom

August 12th, 2012
8:51 pm

This schedule alone will put th UGA way behind the 8 ball as it pertains to getting into the NCAA. 20 wins with this seemingly weaker-than-it-might-have-been schedule will not hunt. And I’m being very, very temperate in this reply.