Word is that Georgia Pulled out of the MGM Grand Main Event.
Sure, old reliable Wikipedia currently says that Georgia is in this tournament, but according to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald and Chris Dobbertean of Blogging the Bracket, this is not the case anymore.
— Chris Dobbertean (@ChrisDobbertean) April 20, 2015
With the roster changes and recruiting stories, this particular story involving the MGM Grand Main Event fell into the cracks. It frees up a lot of space for Georgia during the non-conference portion of the season. So now if you wanted to see Mark Fox in the desert, you can do it by using PhotoShop or hoping that UGA hops into the Las Vegas Invitational. Hopefully, nobody booked any flights to Vegas with the expectation of seeing UGA Basketball from November 23-25. The MGM Grand Invitational will have Creighton, Rutgers, Clemson and UMass. Georgia’s decision to pull out means that the Dawgs will not have the scenario of facing Clemson twice.
Georgia’s non-conference schedule now is comprised of the following:
11/13/2015 – Chattanooga (Opening Night)
11/28/2015 – @ Seton Hall
12/4/2015 – Kansas State
12/19/2015 – Georgia Tech
12/22/2015 – Clemson
Georgia will have to schedule eight more games for the non-conference slate. It is still possible that Georgia adds a neutral site tournament into the non-conference mix. It is likely that UGA schedules four cupcakes and four more challenging games to the schedule. If playing at Chattanooga as part of a 2-for-1 deal was an indication of how Georgia will schedule going forward, it would not be a surprise to possibly see Georgia play at another low-major program in a city with a lot of Georgia fans and alumni. Programs like Jacksonville, North Florida, Savannah State, Mercer, Furman and Wofford stand out as possible options to do a home-and-home starting next season. Fox likes bringing the flavor of Georgia Basketball to under-served areas.
More scheduling news will come out during the offseason to hopefully keep fans satiated.