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Eagles release hoops schedule

A clash with the two-time defending national champions Florida Gators in Jacksonville, Fla. highlights the 2007-08 Georgia Southern men’s basketball schedule released this week.
 
The slate features 13 games in Hanner Fieldhouse, including non-conference tilts against Mercer (Nov. 26), Fort Valley State (Dec. 10) and Asbury (Dec. 20).
 
The season begins Monday, Nov. 12 at Florida State, in conjunction with the Glenn Wilkes Classic. The following weekend sees GSU travel to Daytona Beach, Fla. to continue the Classic against Cleveland State (Nov. 16), UAB (Nov. 17) and Stetson (Nov. 18).
 
The Classic, organized by Sport Tours International, has Florida State, Rhode Island, Alabama-Birmingham and South Florida serving as hosts of the first round games who then will be joined by four other schools, including Georgia Southern the next weekend.
 
“That’s an exempt tournament so it only counts as one game so it gives us an opportunity to play four games,” said head coach Jeff Price. “More importantly they’re four games in the south, in the state of Florida, and three of them on a neutral court. Any time you can play three teams on a neutral floor, it’s to your advantage, particularly when it’s in a nice place like Daytona Beach. Florida has been a great recruiting ground for us.”
 
With the Southern Conference expanding its league schedule to a full 20 games, the Eagles open conference play Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, at Furman.
 
“I don’t think anybody likes to play conference games in November,” Price added, “but I think the tradeoff is great - you get to play everybody in our league twice and it allows our fans to get to know teams better from the [Southern Conference] North [Division]. Plus, it allows us to get more home games, which is important to us because we’ve had a hard time scheduling quality home games.”
 
The home opener is set for Nov. 26 against in-state rival Mercer. The homestand continues with the SoCon lid-lifter Dec. 1 against Appalachian State and concludes Dec. 10 with Fort Valley State.
 
The Eagles take on Florida Dec. 15 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena and return home Dec. 20 for the final game before Christmas against Asbury College.
 
“Anytime you get to play the team that’s back-to-back national champions, it’s big. I like the fact that we’re playing them in Jacksonville so it’s closer for our fans and more like a neutral floor. Having an opportunity to play them is great for our program.”
 
Following the Christmas break the team travels to Corpus Christi, Texas for a tournament hosted by NCAA Tournament participant Texas A&M-CC Dec. 28-29. GSU opens play Friday against Atlantic 10 member Rhode Island.
 
The new year begins with a road trip to Davidson (Jan. 3) and UNC Greensboro (Jan. 5). A home game with the College of Charleston (Jan. 10) breaks up the road trip, which concludes with away contests at The Citadel (Jan. 12), Elon (Jan. 17) and Appalachian State (Jan. 19).
 
The month of January ends with home games against Wofford (Jan. 24) and Furman (Jan. 26), and road contests at Western Carolina (Jan. 28) and Chattanooga (Jan. 31).
 
Georgia Southern plays five of its next six at home against UNC Greensboro (Feb. 4), Western Carolina (Feb. 7), Chattanooga (Feb. 9), at Wofford (Feb. 14), Elon (Feb. 16) and The Citadel (Feb. 20).
 
On Feb. 23 the Eagles will participate in BracketBusters. Last year’s event, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts, included 102 teams and had 14 games televised by ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.
 
“The most positive thing about it is it gives us a quality opponent. Our schedule is spaced out a little better than it was when we did it two years ago when we had to play three games in five days.”
 
A game at the College of Charleston (Feb. 28) precedes the home finale against Davidson (Mar. 1).
 
The 2008 Southern Conference Tournament will be held Mar. 7-10 in Charleston, S.C.
For ticket information call 800-GSU-WINS.
 

2007-08 Men’s Basketball Schedule

Monday             Nov. 12          at Florida State+
Friday                 Nov. 16          vs. Cleveland State+           
Saturday            Nov. 17          vs. UAB+ 
Sunday              Nov. 18          vs. Stetson+  
Friday                 Nov. 23          at Furman*
Monday              Nov. 26           MERCER                                                          
Saturday            Dec. 1             APPALACHIAN STATE*                            
Monday              Dec. 10          FORT VALLEY STATE                                
Saturday            Dec. 15           at Florida                      
Thursday           Dec. 20          ASBURY                                                          
Friday                 Dec. 28           vs. Rhode Island^                                          
Saturday            Dec. 29           vs. Texas A&M-CC/Eastern Michigan^    
Thursday           Jan. 3              at Davidson* 
Saturday            Jan. 5              at UNC Greensboro*                       
Thursday           Jan. 10           COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON*                 
Saturday            Jan. 12            at The Citadel* 
Thursday           Jan. 17            at Elon*
Saturday            Jan. 19            at Appalachian State*   
Thursday           Jan. 24           WOFFORD*                                                   
Saturday            Jan. 26           FURMAN*                                                       
Monday             Jan. 28            at Western Carolina*  
Thursday           Jan. 31            at Chattanooga*  
Monday              Feb. 4             UNC GREENSBORO*                                  
Thursday           Feb. 7             WESTERN CAROLINA*                             
Saturday            Feb. 9             CHATTANOOGA*                                        
Thursday           Feb. 14           at Wofford*                                
Saturday            Feb. 16           ELON*                                                             
Wednesday       Feb. 20           THE CITADEL*                                              
Saturday            Feb. 23           at Bracket Busters                                           
Thursday           Feb. 28           at College of Charleston*                   .
 
Saturday            Mar. 1            DAVIDSON*                                                  
Fri-Mon             Mar. 7-10       at Southern Conference Tournament          

+ Glenn Wilkes Classic, Daytona Beach, Fla.
^ Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tournament, Corpus Christi, Texas
* Southern Conference game

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