ATHENS - The Georgia men's basketball team will have what can be fairly called a manageable schedule this upcoming season. It will also be fairly off the national television radar.
The SEC finally released the 2014 schedule, revealing that Georgia will play just four games on an ESPN network, three of those on ESPNU, and none on CBS. The Bulldogs will open by going to Missouri on Jan. 8, and finish by posting LSU exactly two months later.
In between, Georgia has trips to Florida and Kentucky, expected to once again be two of the toughest teams in the SEC, and later has trips to Auburn, Mississippi State, Tennessee and South Carolina. That's a perilous road schedule for Georgia.
However, the home slate does not include Florida or Kentucky. It does include Ole Miss, the defending SEC tournament champion.
All in all, it's the kind of schedule where Georgia can reasonably hope to do well at home and hope to pick off a few on the road. But last year, with the second-worst home attendance in the SEC (better only than Ole Miss), the Bulldogs didn't really have a great home court advantage, and actually played better on the road.
Georgia (15-17 last season, 9-9 during the SEC regular season) has to replace SEC player of the year Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who was the eighth overall pick in the NBA draft. But the Bulldogs do return a potential strong core of young players in sophomores Charles Mann, Brandon Morris and Kenny Gaines, and juniors Nemanja Djurisic and Marcus Thornton. In a recent power poll, ESPN analyst Jeff Gordon tabbed Georgia as the sixth-best team in the 14-team league.
Georgia's full SEC schedule:
Jan. 8: at Missouri, 8 p.m. (SEC Network)
Jan. 11: Alabama, 4 p.m. (SEC Network)
Jan. 14: at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Jan. 18: Arkansas, 1:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Jan. 22: South Carolina, 8 p.m. (SEC Network)
Jan. 25: at Kentucky, 1:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Jan. 29: Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (CSS)
Feb. 1: at Auburn, 1:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Feb. 6: LSU, 7 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
Feb. 8: Texas A&M, time TBD (CSS)
Feb. 12: at Mississippi State, 9 p.m. (FSN)
Feb. 15: Ole Miss, 4 p.m. (FSN)
Feb. 18: at Tennessee, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Feb. 22: at South Carolina, 1:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Feb. 25: Missouri, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
March 1: at Arkansas, 4 p.m. (SEC Network)
March 5: Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (CSS)
March 8: LSU, 5 p.m. (FSN)