Auburn, Florida and South Carolina have been designated as permanent men’s basketball home-and-home opponents for the Georgia Bulldogs beginning with the 2015-16 season, the SEC office announced on Thursday.
“I’m excited about the each of our permanent SEC opponents,” head coach Mark Fox said. “We are assured of having some of our traditional rivals come to Stegeman Coliseum every year. I think our fans will be excited about knowing that we’ll face those three teams in Athens each season.”
The 18-game conference schedule will feature each SEC team playing the other 13 teams at least one time. They will then play their three permanent opponents a second time and the remaining two games will be scheduled on a rotating basis. The 2016 men’s basketball schedule will be announced in August.
The Bulldogs are coming off of back-to-back 20-win seasons, just the second time Georgia has done so in 107 seasons of competition. The Bulldogs finished 21-12 in 2014-15 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before falling to Michigan State, an eventual Final Four participant. That followed a 20-14 finish in 2013-14 when Georgia reached the second round of the NIT. The Bulldogs posted three consecutive 20-win seasons in 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98.