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August 8, 2014

Hoop Scheduling News

Kevin Kelly at SicEmDawgs has been busy sussing out the 2014-15 basketball schedule. Here is what he has so far:

DateOpponentLocationTime (ET)/TV
11/07CanesGeorgia SouthwesternAthens, GA
11/14Yellow Jacketsat Georgia TechAtlanta, GA
11/21TrojansTroyAthens, GA
11/23OwlsFlorida AtlanticAthens, GA
2014 NIT Season Tip-Off
2014Exhibition1st RoundAthens, GA
2014Exhibition2nd RoundAthens, GA
11/26ExhibitionSemifinalsNew York, NY
11/28ExhibitionFinalsNew York, NY
12/02Mocsat UT-ChattanoogaChattanooga, TN
12/07BuffaloesColoradoAthens, GA
12/21PiratesSeton HallAthens, GA
12/27BearsMercerAthens, GA
12/31Wildcatsat Kansas StateManhattan, KS
01/03SpartansNorfolk StateAthens, GA
01/06RazorbacksArkansasAthens, GA
01/10Tigersat LSUBaton Rouge, LA
01/14Commodoresat VanderbiltNashville, TN
01/17GatorsFloridaAthens, GA
01/21RebelsOle MissAthens, GA
01/24Bulldogsat Mississippi StateStarkville, MS
01/28CommodoresVanderbiltAthens, GA
01/31Gamecocksat South CarolinaColumbia, SC
02/04Wildcatsat KentuckyLexington, KY
02/07VolunteersTennesseeAthens, GA
02/11Aggiesat Texas A&MCollege Station, TX
02/14TigersAuburnAthens, GA
02/18GamecocksSouth CarolinaAthens, GA
02/21Crimson Tideat AlabamaTuscaloosa, AL
02/25Rebelsat Ole MissOxford, MS
02/28TigersMissouriAthens, GA
03/03WildcatsKentuckyAthens, GA
03/07Tigersat AuburnAuburn, AL
A couple of highlights:
  • Season opener at Tech. That is the night before the Auburn football game. As I mentioned, I think Auburn is a 3:30 kickoff, so being in Atlanta for a basketball game isn't a deal breaker.
  • Florida, Tennessee, and Missouri are all home Saturday games. This is the equivalent of getting Auburn, Florida, and Tennessee (when they were good) at home in football. 
  • Troy game the night before we play Charleston Southern in football. This is very good scheduling, allowing folks in town to come down to Stegeman to check out the basketball team.
  • Vandy, South Carolina, Kentucky, Auburn, and Ole Miss on the schedule twice. Essentially, we have five of the likely bottom half of the conference home and away. 
This schedule is extremely favorable for Mark Fox. We'll get a couple of decent, but winnable games in the NIT at home (right now LIU-Brooklyn, St. Joe's, Western Kentucky, and Stony Brook are confirmed non-host teams). The Saturday home schedule, when we bring the biggest crowds, is solid. We have two of our toughest OOC games at home with Colorado and Mercer coming to Stegeman. This is a schedule built for making an NCAA run.

More importantly, we'll likely be playing a number of ESPN Saturday afternoon games at home. Crowds matter more in basketball, especially to TV, where the vast majority of those that drive the information flow to the NCAA selection committee members get their information. Stegeman has to be loud for those games. We do that, TV will come. 

Then all we have to do is coach the players up.



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