Fox Releases Dawgs' 2009-10 Schedule

ATHENS — Fifteen of Georgia's 29 regular-season games will come against teams that competed in the 2009 postseason, according to the Bulldogs' basketball schedule that was announced Thursday by head coach Mark Fox.

In addition to the lineup of Southeastern Conference opponents, four other so-called "power" conferences – the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten and Big Twelve – are also represented.

"We're excited for the new season to get started and for the challenge that our schedule will present to this team," Fox said. "It's a schedule that should not only help our own power rating, but the league's rating as well, especially toward the end of the season. Our focus, of course, will be on one game at a time, but as a whole, this schedule will be as tough as any team's in the country."

Highlights of the non-conference slate at Stegeman Coliseum include Georgia Tech's biennial trip to Athens on Jan. 5; a Dec. 2 date against Atlantic 10 Conference member St. Louis and head coach Rick Majerus; and a Dec. 30 game against Pepperdine. Georgia tips off the season with a pair of home dates – a Nov. 6 exhibition against North Georgia and the regular-season opener Nov. 13 vs. New Orleans – intentionally scheduled on Friday evenings before home football games.

It is away from Athens, however, where the 2010 Bulldogs will be most sternly tested. Georgia's three "true" road games – at UAB, Virginia Tech and Missouri – would be challenging enough for most teams. The Bulldogs will also face St. John's at Madison Square Garden in the SEC/Big East Challenge on Dec. 9. They'll play 2009 NCAA Tournament entry Illinois at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Dec. 19.

2009-10 Georgia Basketball Schedule

N6 vs. North Georgia (Exhibition)

N13 vs. New Orleans

N17 vs. Wofford

N21 at UAB

N24 vs. UNC-Asheville

N27 vs. Jacksonville State

D2 vs. St. Louis

D6 at Virginia Tech

D9 vs. St. John's (@New York, N.Y.)

D19 vs. Illinois (@Duluth, Ga.)

D23 vs. Florida Atlantic

D30 vs. Pepperdine

J2 at Missouri

J5 vs. Georgia Tech

J9 at Kentucky

J13 vs. Ole Miss

J16 at Mississippi State

J23 vs. Tennessee

J27 at Florida

J30 at South Carolina

F3 vs. Arkansas

F6 vs. Vanderbilt

F10 at Auburn

F13 vs. South Carolina

F17 at Tennessee

F20 vs. Alabama

F25 at Vanderbilt

F27 vs. Florida

M3 vs. Kentucky

M6 at LSU

M11-14 SEC Tournament (@Nashville, Tenn.)

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