Athens, GA - Georgia fans will get their first full view of the 2010-11
Bulldog basketball squad as well as the made-over-but-not-quite-finished Stegeman Coliseum -- when it plays host Thursday night to Augusta State in an exhibition contest.
Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. (EST) and there is no admission charge. Fans can also tune into free audio and video streams of the game by logging on to the following address:
Thus far in this young season, the Bulldogs have staged a few controlled
scrimmages against themselves, as well as a behind-closed-doors session with Clemson five days ago. Though Thursday's exhibition will not count in the won/loss ledger, it will nonetheless be a welcome change.
"I think we're all excited about playing somebody else, about putting on the uniform and getting back into game-type situations,² said head coach Mark Fox. ³We¹ve worked hard these past three weeks and are anxious to play a game.²
The Bulldogs will face Augusta State without the services of All-SEC forward Trey Thompkins, whose sprained right ankle will keep him out of action for an undetermined period of time. Thompkins, a junior from Lithonia, is Georgia¹s top returning scorer and rebounder from last season and has already received pre-season All-America mention.
³It¹s a pretty severe sprain,² Fox said. ³He will definitely not play on
Thursday and I¹d say the chances of him playing in the opener are slim.
Trey¹s got a very bright future, and we won¹t bring him back until his body is ready.
³Injuries are part of the game. We will rally the troops and keep them
Fox also announced the addition of walk-on Elliott Long to the squad. Long, a 6-4 freshman wing from Atlanta, was a starting forward last season for the Spartans of Greater Atlanta Christian School, which won the Georgia AA state championship in 2010.
Hope and optimism have been abundant through the first three weeks of
practice. For Georgia, which returns four starters from last year, the
outlook is positively sunny for 2011. Not just because the Bulldogs welcome back a handful of veterans, but also thanks to an additional influx of talent and a wave of good vibes that has blanketed the program.
It was just a short time ago that Georgia began Year One of the Fox Era amid low expectations. A string of ³signature² wins, however, served notice that the battle in the SEC had been joined.
Georgia¹s challenge, therefore, in 2011 is clear: to build upon the snowball of momentum generated by the success of 2010.
The Bulldogs will tip off their 2010-11 regular season on Friday, Nov. 12 at home against Mississippi Valley State at 7:30 p.m.