Basketball to bust out out school unis

ATHENS A tribute to the career of Hugh Durham – Georgia's winningest all-time basketball coach – is just one component of a weekend filled with nostalgia when the current Bulldogs play host to Vanderbilt on Saturday, February 18.

In addition, Georgia will unveil the "Throwback" version of its uniform as part of a program initiated by the Southeastern Conference and carried out by all 12 members on the weekend of Feb. 18. They will continue the Throwback program through the next two games of the SEC regular-season schedule, including games of Feb. 21, 22, 23, 25 and 26. For Georgia, that means the Bulldogs will also wear their throwback uniforms at home against South Carolina (Feb. 23) and at Mississippi State (Feb. 25).

"I'm excited that our players get to participate in the Throwback program," said Georgia coach Dennis Felton. "The SEC certainly has a very proud tradition, and the uniforms are a terrific way to pay tribute to all the great players that have played in this league. I think it will be a lot of fun for the players and fans alike."

At halftime of the Vanderbilt game, Georgia will recognize the contributions of Durham, who served as the Bulldogs' head coach from 1979-95. During his 17 seasons in Athens, he compiled a record of 298-216, the best mark of all 20 head coaches in the history of the program.

Before Durham arrived in Athens, no Georgia team had ever appeared in a post-season tournament. He took 11 of his 17 teams to post-season play, four NCAA Tournament berths and seven NIT showings. In the school's first-ever NCAA appearance in 1983, his Bulldogs made the farthest advance yet in school history, racing all the way to the Final Four. Durham also led Georgia to a pair of conference championships: 1983 SEC Tournament title and the 1990 regular-season crown.

In addition to the recognition of Coach Durham at halftime, the Vanderbilt game will also mark the annual reunion of all Georgia basketball lettermen. They, too, will gather on the court and be saluted at intermission.

The SEC Throwback uniform program will continue into the league's post-season tournament March 9-12 in Nashville, Tenn. All 12 teams will wear their throwbacks throughout their participation in the tournament.

WHAT: SEC Throwback uniform program
WHEN: SEC regular-season games of Feb. 18, 21, 22, 23, 25 and 26. Also, all 11 games of the 2006 SEC Tournament, March 9-12 in Nashville, Tenn.

Saturday, Feb. 18 vs. Vanderbilt (8:00 p.m.)
Thursday, Feb. 23 vs. South Carolina (7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Feb. 25 at Mississippi State (5:00 p.m.)

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