Announced tonight, Georgia Basketball’s 2015-16 schedule.
This is the full schedule for Georgia Basketball this season as announced on the SEC Network. Let’s digest this a little bit.
|6-Nov||Armstrong ATH (Exh.)||Athens, GA|
|20-Nov||Murray State||Athens, GA||—|
|25-Nov||High Point||Athens, GA||—|
|28-Nov||at Seton Hall||Newark, NJ||—|
|4-Dec||Kansas State||Athens, GA||—|
|19-Dec||Georgia Tech||Athens, GA||—|
|29-Dec||Robert Morris||Athens, GA||—|
|2-Jan||at Florida||Gainesville, FL||8pm / ESPNU|
|6-Jan||Missouri||Athens, GA||7pm / SECN|
|9-Jan||at Ole Miss||Oxford, MS||8:30pm / SECN|
|13-Jan||Tennessee||Athens, GA||7pm / SECN|
|16-Jan||Texas A&M||Athens, GA||2pm / ESPNU|
|20-Jan||at Missouri||Columbia, MO||7pm / SECN|
|23-Jan||Arkansas||Athens, GA||6pm / SECN|
|26-Jan||at LSU||Baton Rouge, LA||9pm / TBA|
|30-Jan||at Baylor||Waco, TX||TBA|
|2-Feb||South Carolina||Athens, GA||7pm / TBA|
|6-Feb||Auburn||Athens, GA||5:30pm / SECN|
|9-Feb||at Kentucky||Lexington, KY||9pm / TBA|
|13-Feb||at Mississippi State||Starkville, MS||8pm / SECN|
|16-Feb||Florida||Athens, GA||9pm / TBA|
|20-Feb||at Vanderbilt||Nashville, TN||Noon / TBA|
|24-Feb||at Auburn||Auburn, AL||7pm / SECN|
|27-Feb||Ole Miss||Athens, GA||Noon / SECN|
|3-Mar||at South Carolina||Columbia, SC||7pm / TBA|
Georgia faces these teams twice during the season: Florida, South Carolina, Auburn, Ole Miss, Missouri.
Georgia only faces these teams on the road: Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt.
Georgia only faces these teams at home: Tennessee, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Alabama.
What does it mean for Georgia?
This is a murderous conference schedule on the road and the home games are far lighter than the road opponents. Vanderbilt is an incredibly hard road venue and visits to a possibly energized Mississippi State, a road trip to Baton Rouge and a game at Rupp Arena make things incredibly challenging. The good news is that these games are on the road and that means the losses do not bear as much of a negative weight, but the wins are weighted more favorably. If UGA can split those road visits, it should look positively upon the team’s RPI.
The exclusive home games are all must win games against teams that have flaws. Tennessee is depleted to an extent with a new coach, Texas A&M has never scored more than 53 points against Georgia and is 0-4 against Mark Fox, Arkansas’ depth is critically challenged and Alabama has a new coach and a team that should not make a splash this season.
The home-and-home rivalry opponents were known, but the SEC clearly wanted Ole Miss and Georgia to tangle twice for ratings purposes. Ole Miss and Georgia have had slug fests for the past three seasons and no one is expecting that to change. The choice of Missouri may be the SEC’s way of making up for the challenge of facing Ole Miss twice, Missouri should be a horrible basketball team and there is no reason for Georgia not to sweep the Tigers.
Kooky Schedule Balancing
If Georgia Football makes it to the Outback or Citrus Bowl Games, there is no excuse not to invade Gainesville on January 2 for the Georgia-Florida Basketball Game. This may be the most winnable game in Gainesville for Georgia since the early 2000s. January’s scheduling is very light until the LSU game in Baton Rouge. Thankfully, Georgia will not be the opening game against Ole Miss at the new Pavilion at Ole Miss, Alabama has that unfortunate draw.
Georgia will have a big home game stretch in January with at one point having 4 out of 6 games at Stegeman Coliseum. The end of the month will be cruel on the Dawgs as the team will have to face LSU and Baylor on the road. The team will come back to face South Carolina and Auburn at home after this stretch run. It will be a very emotional, chippy and physical four game stretch.
There’s no moment to take a breath after those four games because the Dawgs have to go to Rupp Arena and “The Hump”. This is followed by a home game against Florida and then two more road games at Vanderbilt and Auburn. This five game stretch is incredibly cruel considering that the Dawgs will play 4 out of 5 games on the road with the Florida game sandwiched in between.
The Dawgs close out with Ole Miss at home, South Carolina in Columbia and Alabama at home. The Alabama game may end up being the closest thing to a break for this Georgia team as they may be The Walking Dead, but will have to face the Gamecocks on the road first. South Carolina, as Georgia fans know, has a propensity to play a bit dirtier than other teams. Michael Carrera is the Ric Flair of SEC Basketball, as he is “The Dirtiest Player in the Game”.
Georgia’s Football Schedule Looks Weaker than this Basketball Slate
Georgia’s Football Team will face Alabama and Missouri at home with a game at Neyland Stadium sandwiched in between. That is the toughest stretch that the Georgia Football Team will face, but Georgia will go through absolute hell and need all hands on deck for the LSU game going forward in the schedule.
Do not be surprised if Georgia “takes a walk” in Lexington knowing they have nothing to lose from that game. If the words “hide and go seek” are used, then Georgia fans should have a clue as to what is going on with the team. Facing such rough competition and all those road games in such tough venues during the height of flu season is daunting.
The schedule sets up very well for Georgia going up until the LSU game. Going 6-1 or 7-0 must be the priority and it can be done. Losses in early and mid January could turn very costly for Mark Fox and his team. Georgia does not want to be in a position where the team needs to rally because it is going to be an extremely tough stretch of games.
Set Up Your Tailgates
See the games listed above in bold and in black? Those are the Saturday Home Games during the Conference Season. You may want to set up a tailgate at Myers Quad and get ready for these games. February 6 will be a very raucous environment when Bruce Pearl comes to town for a Saturday Evening showdown at Stegeman Coliseum.
Ole Miss should be a very exciting game as well and this game may be a popular game to tailgate for as well.
Make a Road Trip
The Georgia Basketball Blog can hook you up with discounted tickets for the Saturday road games that are denoted in Red and are Bolded, more details to follow just check the sidebars for when those tickets are released. For the Mississippi State game, the Kenny Paul Geno Fan Club could certainly help you with getting some seats!