THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team and Arkansas have agreed to play a two-game, home-and-away series beginning with the Yellow Jackets traveling to Fayetteville this season.
The Razorbacks, who finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference last season with a 10-8 record, earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament and went 23-12 overall last season, will host the Jackets on Dec. 19. The teams will meet again at McCamish Pavilion on Nov. 25, 2019. Arkansas becomes the third Southeastern Conference opponent on the Yellow Jackets’ pre-conference schedule this season, joining Tennessee and Georgia.
Tech has won four of five meetings in the series with Arkansas, including a 73-63 victory in the most recent encounter, which took place Nov. 26, 2015 in the opening round of the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. Prior to that, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Razorbacks, 72-52, in the 1984 Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawai’i, and also scored homecourt wins over Arkansas in 1965 and 1966. The Razorbacks captured a 72-42 win in the teams’ first meeting in the 1961 Poinsettia Tournament in Greenville, S.C.
“We’re excited about playing this series,” said head coach Josh Pastner. “Mike Anderson has built a consistently high-level program at Arkansas over a number of years and will be a tough opponent for us. As we continue to build our program, we want to strengthen our non-conference schedule along with that to give us a better chance to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament from a strength of schedule standpoint, and bring high-level teams to play in McCamish Pavilion for our fans.”
The Arkansas game completes the Yellow Jackets’ non-conference schedule for the 2018-19 season, which includes a Dec. 22 home game against Georgia, a road trip to Tennessee (Nov. 13) in the second game of the season, a visit to Northwestern (Nov. 28) in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and a neutral site contest against St. John’s (Dec. 1) in the Hoophall Miami Invitational. The Jackets host eight other non-conference games (see complete schedule below) at McCamish Pavilion during November and December.
The Yellow Jackets’ ACC slate features games against NCAA Tournament teams Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, as well as traditional rival Notre Dame, Boston College, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest in McCamish Pavilion, where Tech sold out five games last season and has won 43 games over the past three seasons.
The ACC will announce the full conference schedule for all teams in the near future.
Season ticket prices start at $290, which is less than $15 per game. Other great benefits of purchasing season tickets include participating in an exclusive season ticket holder event with Coach Pastner and the team, priority access to purchase single-game and postseason tickets, season parking options and more.
Pastner welcomes back six of the Yellow Jackets’ top nine players from last season, centered around a promising sophomore group that includes point guard Jose Alvarado (Brooklyn, N.Y.), wing guard Curtis Haywood II (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and forwards Evan Cole (Cumming, Ga.) and Moses Wright (Raleigh, N.C.), as well as veteran seniors Brandon Alston (Vienna, Va.) and Abdoulaye Gueye (Dakar, Senegal) and transfer guard Shembari Phillips (Atlanta, Ga.). Tech also welcomes a freshman class ranked No. 41 in the nation and includes four-star guard Michael Devoe (Orlando, Fla.) and three-star forwards Khalid Moore (New York, N.Y.) and Kristian Sjolund (Katy, Texas).
GEORGIA TECH 2018-19 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
- Nov. 3 Florida Tech (exhibition)
- Nov. 9 Lamar
- Nov. 13 at Tennessee
- Nov. 16 East Carolina
- Nov. 21 UT-Rio Grande Valley
- Nov. 23 Prairie View A&M
- Nov. 28 at Northwestern (ACC-Big Ten Challenge)
- Dec. 1 vs. St. John’s (Hoophall Miami Invitational, Miami, Fla.)
- Dec. 9 Florida A&M
- Dec. 17 Gardner-Webb
- Dec. 19 at Arkansas
- Dec. 22 Georgia
- Dec. 28 Kennesaw State
- Jan. 2 USC Upstate
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