The Georgia men’s basketball 18 conference opponents have been named and revealed for the 2017-2018 season by the SEC in an announcement on Thursday.
“The SEC was obviously much improved last season and earned back a great deal of national respect,” head coach Mark Fox said. “Everyone expects the league to be even better this year. It will be an extremely competitive winter in what has reemerged as the deepest league in college basketball.”
In addition to their three permanent home-and-home foes (Auburn, Florida and South Carolina), the Bulldogs also will face LSU and Tennessee twice this winter.
Georgia will host Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M at Stegeman Coliseum while traveling to Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Vanderbilt.
Dates, times and television information will be released at a later date. Though yet to be finalized, the Bulldogs’ 2017-18 schedule is expected to feature 15 home games at Stegeman Coliseum – six non-conference outings including Georgia Tech and nine Southeastern Conference outings.
Georgia has earned a bid to postseason competition in each of the last four seasons under head coach Mark Fox. The Bulldogs have made five postseason appearances and notched four 20-win seasons during Fox’s eight campaigns in Athens. Georgia also is in the midst of its winningest stretch in SEC play in program history, capturing 42 league victories over the past four seasons.
The Bulldogs will return nine of their top-10 scorers from 2016-17. All-SEC forward Yante Maten, who finished fourth in the SEC in scoring last season at 18.2 ppg, headlines that list. Additional returning letter winners with double-digit starts last season include senior Juwan Parker, juniors William “Turtle” Jackson and Derek Ogbeide and sophomore Jordan Harris. The Bulldogs will also welcome a highly touted quartet of freshmen to their 2017-18 roster.