Georgia announces 2019-20 non-conference basketball schedule
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Georgia announces 2019-20 non-conference basketball schedule

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The Georgia Bulldogs announced their full non-conference basketball schedule for 2019-20 on Tuesday, which includes home games against Georgia Tech, SMU, and Georgia Southern.

“Our goal in building a non-conference schedule is always to challenge our team and prepare for the unbelievable competition we will see night-in and night-out in the SEC,” head coach Tom Crean said. “This schedule features some tremendous challenges for us at home, road and neutral sites. We’re going to be a young basketball team with nine newcomers, and we’ll need to grow up fast.”

Georgia will open their 2019-20 non-conference slate on Tuesday, November 5 at home in Stegeman Coliseum against the Western Carolina Catamounts. UGA will then host three more opponents consecutively: The Citadel on Tuesday, Nov. 12, Delaware State on Friday, Nov. 15, and Georgia Tech on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

“I’m thrilled that the Georgia Tech game will be played on a weeknight when our entire student body is in town,” Crean said. “Our students were tremendous last season, and we’re going to need that enthusiasm and energy to grow to even a more fevered pitch this year.”

The Bulldogs then travel to play in the 2019 Maui Invitational in Maui, Hawaii. The bracket hasn’t been announced, but the field includes BYU, Dayton, Kansas, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and host Chaminade. The tournament is scheduled for Nov. 25 through Nov. 27 at Lahaina Civic Center.

Georgia returns to Stegeman Coliseum to host the North Carolina Central Eagles on Wednesday, Dec. 4 before traveling to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Next, the Bulldogs host three more opponents at Stegeman Coliseum: SMU on Friday, Dec. 20, Georgia Southern on Monday, Dec. 23, and Austin Peay on Monday, Dec. 30.

Georgia closes out their non-conference slate on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 with a road contest at the Memphis Tigers.

Georgia’s SEC opponents have been set, but dates have not yet been announced. UGA will host Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. The Dawgs will travel to take on Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt.

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