Mike White won’t have to wait long to make his return to Gainesville to face his former team during Georgia’s SEC basketball schedule.
The Bulldogs first SEC road game is at Florida on Saturday Jan. 7, marking a return to where White coached for seven seasons before he jumped to Georgia in Mar. The SEC schedule was released Wednesday by the conference.
The first-year Georgia head coach and his team will open SEC play against Bruce Pearl and Auburn on Wednesday Jan. 4 in Athens. The Tigers are No. 12 on ESPN’s way-too-early-top 25.
Georgia plays three of its first five SEC games on the road including a Jan. 17 date at Kentucky, which ESPN has at No. 4.
Sahvir Wheeler and the Wildcats will come to Stegeman Coliseum on Feb. 11. That would be the former Georgia point guard’s first visit to Athens since he transferred in the spring of 2021. Wheeler was injured and did not play against Georgia last season.
The Bulldogs play five of seven games during a February stretch at home before ending the regular season March 4 at South Carolina.
"The SEC is now the top conference in college basketball, much like it has been in football for years," White said in a statement. "We're excited that our schedule is set, and this team is working extremely hard to be prepared for the challenges the league presents in every game. This team is extremely dedicated to our ultimate goal to rebuild Georgia Basketball."
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Georgia returns five players from last season’s team that went 6-26 overall and 1-17 in the SEC. It is led by guard Kario Oquendo. White and his staff added seven scholarship newcomers including six transfers.
Georgia men's basketball 2022-2023 schedule
Monday Oct. 31 EXH. - Georgia College Athens TBA
Monday Nov. 7 Western Carolina Athens TBA
Friday Nov. 11 at Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. TBA
Monday Nov. 14 Miami (Ohio) Athens TBA
Friday Nov. 18 Bucknell Athens TBA Monday
Monday Nov. 21 vs. St. Joseph’s Daytona Beach, Fla. CBSSN 8:30 Tuesday
Tuesday Nov. 22 vs. South Florida/UAB Daytona Beach, Fla. 4:00/6:30
Sunday Nov. 27 East Tennessee State Athens TBA
Wednesday Nov. 30 Hampton Athens TBA
Friday Dec. 2 Florida A&M Athens TBA
Tuesday Dec. 6 at Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. TBA
Sunday Dec. 18 vs. Notre Dame Atlanta in Holiday Hoopsgiving TBA
Wednesday Dec. 21 Chattanooga Athens TBA
Friday Dec. 30 Rider Athens TBA
Wednesday, Jan. 4 vs. Auburn TBA
Saturday Jan. 7 at Florida TBA
Wednesday Jan. 11 vs. Mississippi State TBA
Saturday Jan. 14 at Ole Miss TBA
Tuesday Jan. 17 at Kentucky TBA
Saturday Jan. 21 vs. Vanderbilt TBA
Wednesday Jan. 25 at Tennessee TBA
Saturday Jan. 28 vs. South Carolina TBA
Wednesday Feb. 1 at Auburn TBA
Saturday Feb. 4 at Texas A&M TBA
Tuesday Feb. 7 vs. Ole Miss, TBA
Saturday Feb. 11 vs. Kentucky, TBA
Tuesday Feb. 14 vs. LSU TBA
Saturday Feb. 18 at Alabama TBA
Tuesday Feb. 21 at Arkansas TBA
Saturday Feb. 25 vs. Missouri TBA
Tuesday Feb. 28 vs. Florida TBA
Saturday March 4 at South Carolina TBA
March 8-12 SEC tournament in Nashville