MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Featuring three teams that made it to the 2007-08 NCAA Tournament and a pair of nationally-ranked squads, the Georgia College & State University men's basketball program and head coach Terry Sellers released its 2008-09 schedule today (July 9).
Play begins with hosting Fort Valley State University Friday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Center. The Bobcats have not faced nearby FVSU since the 2002-03 season.
After a road contest at the University of West Georgia and a trip to the Sodexo Pioneer Classic, hosted by Tusculum College, the Bobcats return home Monday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. to host Carver Bible College.
Georgia College opens up Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play next at National Finalist and No. 10 Augusta State University Monday, Dec. 15. The final non-conference contests will play out before the new year, as the Bobcats once again travel to Armstrong Atlantic State University for the Holiday Classic.
The conference slate is favorable for GCSU, as they have no more than two games in a row on the road, but two different stretches of three consecutive home games.
Highlights include PBC Tournament Champion Clayton State University coming to the Centennial Center Monday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m., and the annual Homecoming celebration Saturday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. against Francis Marion University. The ‘Cats host No. 6 USC Aiken Saturday, Jan. 24, and return the favor at the Pacers Saturday, Feb. 28. GCSU hosts Augusta State Saturday, Jan. 31.
Senior Day for GCSU will come Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. against UNC Pembroke, the end of a three-game home stretch. The Bobcats will honor four seniors next season, guards Shaun Keaton (Albany, Ga.), Chuck Eason (Queens, N.Y./Shores Christian Academy (Ocala, Fla.)/St. John's River CC), Ken Kemp (Dublin, Ga.) and Justin Brown (New Orleans/Manatee CC). The final regular-season contest is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 at USC Aiken.
The Bobcats are fresh off a 20-9 season in 2007-08 and are looking to build upon that success with a roster losing just a trio of seniors. Senior center Aaron Clark (2005-08) and junior guard Keaton picked up All-PBC honors for the squad, with Clark adding an American Basketball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-South Atlantic Region trophy. The 20-win season was just the ninth in school history, six of which have come under Sellers' guidance.
The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 NCAA Division II athletic programs over three seasons. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.