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Georgia to face Dayton in opening round of 2019 Maui Invitational

The Georgia Bulldogs will face the Dayton Flyers in the opening round of the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational, it was  announced on Thursday.

Georgia and Dayton will meet in Game 1 of the tournament on Monday, Nov. 25 at Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii. The game will be televised by ESPN2 at 9:30am HT/2:30pm ET.

Should UGA win, they would play the winner of Game 2 between Virginia Tech and Michigan State. All games of the 2019 Maui Invitational will be televised by ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, and streamed via ESPN3.

“It’s another great year for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, with several teams expected to have big seasons ahead of them,” Tournament Chairman David Odom said. “This field features a spread of young and experienced talent – both from the players and the coaches. We’re looking forward to seeing who will take home the Wayne Duke Championship Trophy in the unbeatable atmosphere that is the Lahaina Civic Center this November.”

Semifinal round games are scheduled for 3:00pm HT/8:00pm ET and 5:30pm HT/10:30pm ET on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The day will also include two losers bracket games.

The Championship Game is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 12:00pm HT/5:00pm ET. Preceding the championship is the 5th place contest, while the 3rd place and 7th place contests will follow the championship.

For a printable tournament bracket, click here.

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Georgia announces 2019-20 non-conference basketball schedule

The Georgia Bulldogs announced their full non-conference basketball schedule for 2019-20 on Tuesday, which includes home games against Georgia Tech, SMU, and Georgia Southern.

“Our goal in building a non-conference schedule is always to challenge our team and prepare for the unbelievable competition we will see night-in and night-out in the SEC,” head coach Tom Crean said. “This schedule features some tremendous challenges for us at home, road and neutral sites. We’re going to be a young basketball team with nine newcomers, and we’ll need to grow up fast.”

Georgia will open their 2019-20 non-conference slate on Tuesday, November 5 at home in Stegeman Coliseum against the Western Carolina Catamounts. UGA will then host three more opponents consecutively: The Citadel on Tuesday, Nov. 12, Delaware State on Friday, Nov. 15, and Georgia Tech on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

“I’m thrilled that the Georgia Tech game will be played on a weeknight when our entire student body is in town,” Crean said. “Our students were tremendous last season, and we’re going to need that enthusiasm and energy to grow to even a more fevered pitch this year.”

The Bulldogs then travel to play in the 2019 Maui Invitational in Maui, Hawaii. The bracket hasn’t been announced, but the field includes BYU, Dayton, Kansas, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and host Chaminade. The tournament is scheduled for Nov. 25 through Nov. 27 at Lahaina Civic Center.

Georgia returns to Stegeman Coliseum to host the North Carolina Central Eagles on Wednesday, Dec. 4 before traveling to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Next, the Bulldogs host three more opponents at Stegeman Coliseum: SMU on Friday, Dec. 20, Georgia Southern on Monday, Dec. 23, and Austin Peay on Monday, Dec. 30.

Georgia closes out their non-conference slate on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 with a road contest at the Memphis Tigers.

Georgia’s SEC opponents have been set, but dates have not yet been announced. UGA will host Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. The Dawgs will travel to take on Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt.

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Nicolas Claxton selected 31st by Brooklyn in 2019 NBA Draft

UGA’s Nicolas Claxton was selected 31st by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday evening.

Claxton was selected first in the second round of the draft. He missed by one spot being only the eighth Georgia Bulldogs men’s basketball player to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.

“It’s been my dream my whole life just to be here,” Claxton said. “It just feels surreal right now to be here. I just want to show people I can play. A lot of people think I’m a project. I just want to show people that I can play and go out there and contribute in a major way.”

“I was here two of three weeks ago on a visit and worked out for the team,” Claxton said. “I really enjoyed it. To be picked here is a blessing, and I’m ready to get to work for Brooklyn. I feel like God, he already has everything planned out for me. I’m just following his footsteps.”

The most recent Bulldog drafted in the opening round was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who was selected eighth overall by the Detroit Pistons in 2013, good enough to be a lottery pick.

Nicolas Claxton signed with the Georgia Bulldogs in November of 2016 under former head coach Mark Fox. He played at Legacy Charter School in Greenville, South Carolina.

As a sophomore under new head coach Tom Crean, Nicolas Claxton (6-11, 220) led the Bulldogs with 13.0 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game, 34 steals, and 81 blocks. Claxton also led the Dawgs with 32 games started and 1,012 total minutes played during the 2018-19 season.

“We are all very happy for Nic,” head coach Tom Crean said. “Being drafted by an organization on the upswing like the Brooklyn Nets that is so well run by Sean Marks and well coached by Kenny Atkinson will be tremendous for Nic. Personally, I was hopeful he’d go to an organization that was totally committed to player development, and that’s definitely the case with Brooklyn.”

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