From UGA Sports Communications
ATHENS, Ga. —- Locations for the Georgia’s Bulldogs’ 18 Southeastern Conference games during the 2017-18 season were announced on Thursday in conjunction with the league’s Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla.
“The SEC was obviously much improved last season and earned back a great deal of national respect,” head coach Mark Fox said. “Everyone expects the league to be even better this year. It will be an extremely competitive winter in what has reemerged as the deepest league in college basketball.”
In addition to their three permanent home-and-home foes (Auburn, Florida and South Carolina), the Bulldogs also will face LSU and Tennessee twice this winter.
Georgia will host Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M at Stegeman Coliseum, while traveling to Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri and Vanderbilt.
Dates, times and television information will be released at a later date. Though yet to be finalized, the Bulldogs' 2017-18 schedule is expected to feature 15 home games at Stegeman Coliseum – six non-conference outings including Georgia Tech and nine Southeastern Conference outings.
Georgia has earned a bid to postseason competition in each of the last four seasons under head coach Mark Fox. The Bulldogs have made five postseason appearances and notched four 20-win seasons during Fox’s eight campaigns in Athens. Georgia also is in the midst of its winningest stretch in SEC play in program history, capturing 42 league victories over the past four seasons.
The Bulldogs will return nine of their top-10 scorers from 2016-17. All-SEC forward Yante Maten, who finished fourth in the SEC in scoring last season at 18.2 ppg, headlines that list. Additional returning letterwinners with double-digit starts last season include senior Juwan Parker, juniors William “Turtle” Jackson and Derek Ogbeide and sophomore Jordan Harris. The Bulldogs will also welcome a highly touted quartet of freshmen to their 2017-18 roster.
Basketball Enhancement Fund Information
Donations to the UGA Athletic Association's Basketball Enhancement Fund (BEF) will be accepted beginning this Thursday (June 1) through August 1. Current BEF contributors should expect renewal notices to arrive via email on June 5.
BEF contributions are utilized for determining renewable season tickets and various other benefits available to Georgia Basketball supporters. The BEF has established records for both amount contributed and number of contributors in each of the past two years. The Georgia Bulldog Club is hoping for another record-setting effort and is challenging donors to contribute 110 percent of their previous donation.
The minimum donation to purchase renewable season tickets is $150 per seat. A gift of $150 also will be recognized with a car decal and an invitation to a designated preseason practice of the Bulldogs. Varying levels of BEF donations are used to determine ability to purchase premium courtside seating, as well as tickets to the SEC and NCAA Tournaments. Additional potential benefits associated with contribution levels include reserved parking at Stegeman Coliseum, invitations to the team's preseason and postseason banquets and pre- and in-game hospitality.
Stegeman Coliseum Renovation Information
Stegeman Coliseum is undergoing major renovations this summer. Work began recently on Phase II of the approximately $8-million project to the Coliseum’s interior. Prior to last season, Phase I included the addition of an HD scoreboard and a dramatic mural covering the distinctive end wall of the arena’s east end. This summer, renovations include a center-hung scoreboard, new seats, significantly upgraded sound and lighting systems and additional LED signage.
The current projects follow a $13-million renovation in 2010 that transformed Stegeman’s concourses, upgrading the graphics, enhancing spectator access to concessions and restrooms and adding 5,000-square feet of concourse space on each side of the arena. Those efforts won awards from both the American Institute of Architects and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.