ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bulldogs’ Southeastern Conference basketball schedule for the 2019-20 season was released by the league office on Tuesday. Georgia will open SEC play at home against Kentucky on Tuesday, Jan. 7 and wrap up league competition at LSU on Saturday, March 7.
The schedule includes four Saturday home dates and five weeknight outings at Stegeman Coliseum.
“Having our schedule finalized means the season will be here soon, and I can not wait for us to get back in front of the Bulldog Nation at Stegeman Coliseum,” head coach Tom Crean said. “The SEC is loaded with great teams. There are so many outstanding coaches and players. Navigating our way through league play will be extremely challenging and our fans creating a raucous atmosphere at the Steg will be critical to our success.”
Georgia begins league action with six-consecutive games against 2019 NCAA Tournament participants. After hosting Kentucky, the Bulldogs travel to Auburn on Jan. 11; host Tennessee on Jan. 17; visit Mississippi State and Kentucky on Jan. 18 and 21, respectively; and wrap the span with Ole Miss visiting Stegeman Coliseum on Jan. 25.
“Night-in and night-out in this league, you have to bring your ‘A,’ game,” Crean said. “You might be able to get by with an ‘A-‘ but if you think you’re going to get away with your ‘B’ game, it’s just not going to happen. In different leagues, there were certain things like rebounding that could become your edge. In this league, everybody rebounds the ball. There’s not one team that I could say doesn’t rebound the ball. It’s a staple of everybody in the SEC, so you’ve got to figure out a way to be better.”
Georgia will enjoy three straight Saturday home games. After the Rebels trek to Athens on the 25th, Texas A&M and Alabama will do so on Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, respectively. The Bulldogs’ remaining home dates are against South Carolina on Feb. 12, Auburn on Feb. 19, Arkansas on Feb. 29 and Florida on March 4.
The Bulldogs’ 2019-20 roster will feature five returning letterwinners and 10 newcomers. Georgia’s seven-player signing class includes five of the consensus top-100 prospects in the Class of 2019 and has been ranked among the top-5 groups nationally.
“We had a really good summer,” Crean said. “We had eight strong weeks, and we’ve been back at it since school started last month. But we’ve got a lot to learn and how we’re going to respond when we start having to deal with physicality is going to be key. We’ve got to get our team to understand as quick as possible what’s going to cause us to lose before we truly understand what it’s going to take for us to win.”