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.
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