- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
MACON, Ga. -- Georgia’s basketball schedule was all but finalized by this point a year ago.
It will be at least a few more weeks -- by the completion of the SEC meetings in Destin, Fla., at the earliest -- before the Bulldogs even know the configuration of their conference schedule for 2012-13. Until they do, Coach Mark Fox and company will be unable to set the remaining non-conference games.
“The league has not yet decided who we’re going to play in the league,” Fox said. “And so we’re really just deciding what we need to do with the last couple spots. I thought we would know the league schedule by now. We’re not going to know anything until Destin, and I hope we decide there. I’m not sure.”
Fox knows the league will employ an 18-game SEC schedule, but details are scarce beyond that. He figures that will be hashed out when the coaches and athletic directors convene in Destin.
“We’ll play 18 games, we know that, but we don’t know who we’re playing. We don’t know what the rotation is. I don’t think we know how many natural rivals there’s going to be,” he said. “There’s a couple different models floating out there, so Destin will be an important couple of days for us.”
Because it is competing in an exempt early season event, the Legends Classic at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Georgia can play as many as 31 games this season. Fox said he isn’t sure whether the final schedule will include 30 or 31 games, but the program will not finalize anything until after the league schedule is set.
Then the Bulldogs will settle the details beyond the Nov. 9 opener against Jacksonville.
“We’ve got the return game against USC, we’ve got the game against Georgia Tech, we’ve got the SEC-Big East Challenge, but we don’t know who we’re playing there,” Fox said. “We’ve got the first couple games of this New York tournament and we don’t know who those teams are yet, so there’s a lot of unknowns. That’s why we’re kind of waiting to see what we need.”