Georgia will play Memphis as part of SEC non-conference schedule deal

After Thad Matta turned down Georgia's offer, the school may turn to Tom Crean. Crean was born March 25, 1966 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Crean's wife, Joani, is the sister of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh. Georgia reportedly reached out to Crean to gauge his interest in the job soon after it fired Mark Fox. Crean previously coached at Marquette and Indiana. In nine seasons at Marquette, Crean’s record was 190-96, a winning percentage. In nine seasons at Indiana,

Georgia’s men’s basketball team will play at Memphis next season as part of an SEC scheduling deal with the American Athletic Conference, the leagues announced Tuesday.

As a part of the alliance, four schools from each conference will participate in two-year, home-and-home series starting in the 2019-20 season.

The Bulldogs’ Jan. 4, 2020, matchup against the Tigers pits two of the nation’s top freshmen.

Memphis forward James Wiseman is the nation’s No. 1 prospect in the 2019 class and Georgia guard Anthony Edwards is rated second according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports.

Memphis signed the nation's No. 1 overall recruiting class. Georgia's class is No. 9 in the latest composite ranking.

Two other alliance games will be played Jan. 4: SMU at Vanderbilt and Ole Miss at Wichita State. South Carolina will host Houston on Dec. 8, 2019.

“This will provide four high quality games for both leagues during non-conference play,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said.

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