;by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University men's basketball program and head coach Terry Sellers released its 2009-10 schedule today (Aug 18) that features four teams that made it to the 2008-09 NCAA Tournament and one of which was in the Final Four. Augusta State University finished the season ranked No. 4, with fellow Peach Belt Conference (PBC) USC Aiken at No. 16 and Armstrong Atlantic State University ranked No. 25.
Georgia College will kick things off with the annual event known as "Midnight Madness" Oct. 14.
The Bobcats travel down Highway 49 to face Division 1 Mercer University for an exhibition match Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Georgia College is home Nov. 18 and Nov. 21 squaring off against Newberry College and West Georgia, respectively.
The team then travels to Harrogate, Tenn. to participate in the Carson-Newman Classic Nov. 27-28 to face Tusculum College and Carson-Newman.
Georgia College hosts Carver Bible at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The ‘Cats travel Dec. 5 to play Fort Valley State University at 4 p.m. GCSU is off for 10 days and will go on the road against Newberry. On Dec. 29-30, the Bobcats will play in a tournament hosted by Armstrong Atlantic and compete against Wingate University and Voorhees College.
This year the PBC will be broken up into two divisions, East and West, with Georgia College being in the West Division. The squad opens up PBC play on the road against Lander University Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. On Jan. 9, the Bobcats face their first West Division opponent, Clayton State University.
Georgia College faces West Division opponent, Georgia Southwestern University Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Center. The Bobcats go on the road for four straight games facing Armstrong Atlantic (Jan. 16), Columbus State University (Jan. 20), and finishes off against newcomers, Montevallo University (Jan. 23) and Flagler College (Jan. 25).
The team returns home to host Francis Marion University Jan. 29 and UNC Pembroke Jan. 31.
The Bobcats host North Georgia, a divisional opponent, Feb. 3 and also host division opponent, Columbus State Feb. 6.
Feb. 11 Georgia College travels up I-20 to compete against Augusta State at 7:30 p.m. The ‘Cats host USC Aiken Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m. On Feb. 17, the squad travels to Americus, Ga. to play Georgia Southwestern.
On Feb. 20, the Bobcats will host Columbus State for the annual Homecoming Game at 3:30 p.m. Georgia College will defend their homecourt Feb. 24 against Montevallo for Senior Day. Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.), Jordan Poole (Warner Robins, Ga.), Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.), and Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) will all be honored at the game.
The final regular season game of the season will be in Dahlonega, Ga. against North Georgia at 3:30 p.m.
The Bobcats are fresh off a 22-7 season in 2008-2009. GCSU made a trip back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 and had its third 20-win season in the past four years. The Bobcats lose a trio of seniors including Shaun Keaton (2006-09) who was named to the first team in both the Peach Belt Conference and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)/NCAA Southeast Region.
The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. 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. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.