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August 10, 2012The Georgia Bulldogs in 2012-13 could play as many as 19 games against teams that participated in the 2012 postseason, according to their complete schedule that was officially announced today by head coach Mark Fox.
In addition, Georgia is slated for at least eight national television appearances on the ESPN family of channels. That includes a Nov. 19 matchup against Indiana - a favorite of many early pollsters for the pre-season No. 1 spot - in the Legends Classic at Brooklyn, N.Y. Further TV dates will follow upon completion of the non-conference broadcast schedule.
"I believe this schedule could possibly be the hardest this program has ever had," Fox said. "There's lots of teeth in the non-league schedule. Combined with what the league has given us, it's an extremely challenging schedule."
As part of the new 18-game Southeastern Conference schedule, Georgia will face defending NCAA champion Kentucky just once, on March 7 in Athens. Additionally, the Bulldogs will face Vanderbilt once (Feb. 27 in Nashville) and pick up home-and-home series with new member Texas A&M, as well as Alabama. It will be the first time since 1964 that Georgia has played both Kentucky and Vanderbilt a single time apiece.
In addition to Indiana, Georgia is also slated to pick up 2012 NCAA Tournament entries Southern Miss (25-9 record) and Iona (25-7), both in Athens. The Bulldogs will also play at South Florida (22-13, NCAA 3rd Round) in the annual SEC/Big East Challenge on Nov. 30.
Now in its sixth year, the Legends Classic has featured seven teams that went on to advance to at least the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, including N.C. State last season. The Legends Classic is produced by the Gazelle Group in Princeton, N.J.
The Legends Classic will also be played at the brand-new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.
"We're very excited to be playing in the Legends Classic," Fox said. "It's a first-class tournament against some top-flight competition and it will give us great national exposure."
2012-13 Basketball Schedule