Tech-UGA hoops to play Nov. 14

The Georgia Tech-Georgia basketball game will be played this November on the earliest date in the rivalry’s history. The two teams recently completed a contract committing them to play Nov. 14 at McCamish Pavilion in both teams’ season opener, Tech senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford confirmed Friday.

The Athens Banner-Herald website reported the contract earlier Friday. The previous earliest date the Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs had played was Nov. 15 last season, an 80-71 win for the Jackets in Athens. The last time Tech and Georgia played in a season opener was Nov. 1977. The game will be played on the first day of the season, a Friday.

The preference for Tech coach Brian Gregory and Georgia coach Mark Fox would have been to schedule the game later in the season – the game has typically been played in December – but conflicts with Georgia’s participation in the Preseason NIT, Tech’s playing in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and final exams made that difficult.

“I don’t know if the two coaches feel like it’s the best spot, but I think it’ll give our team something to build towards during the offseason,” Bamford said.

Tech has won three games in a row in the series.

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