Back in April, we learned Georgia will be headed to Daytona the week of November for some early tournament action. Now, it appears the Bulldogs’ first opponent in that tournament is all set.
CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported Friday that Georgia will play Saint Joseph’s in the first round of the 2022 Sunshine Slam. Conversely, UAB will face South Florida to begin tournament play.
Saint Joseph’s went 11-19 and finished next-to-last in the Atlantic 10 last season. The Hawks are led by Billy Lange, the former Navy head coach who has accrued a 22-60 record over the course of three seasons in Philadelphia.
Georgia, St. Joe’s, UAB and South Florida make up the “Beach Bracket” of this year’s Sunshine Slam, which will be played Nov. 21-22 at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Albany, Austin Peay, Bucknell, and Presbyterian make up the “Ocean Bracket” of the tournament.
Although Georgia won’t face Bucknell in Daytona, the Bulldogs will take on the Bison in Athens during non-conference play.
UAB stands as the only team in the “Beach Bracket” that made the NCAA Tournament last season. The Blazers went 27-8 and won the C-USA Tournament in former Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy’s second season at his alma mater.
South Florida went 8-23 and finished last in the AAC last season. The Bulls are led by brian gregorywho went 4-1 against Georgia as the head coach at Georgia Tech.
Georgia, meanwhile, will be in the midst of its first season under head coach Mike White. White takes over the Bulldogs program after spending the last seven seasons in the same role at Florida.
The Bulldogs went 6-26 last season, the final one for head coach Tom Crean.
White offered a glimpse of what Georgia fans can expect from his team during a one-on-one interview with Dawgs247 last week.
“We’re going to play hard. We’re going to be disciplined and accountable defensively and on the glass. We’re going to play for one another,” White said. “We’re going to play fast. How fast? We’ll see. Winning is more important to me than our tempo numbers. But we like to think that we’ve got some depth and some athleticism, which would allow us to get out in the open floor a little bit.”
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