AMERICUS - The Georgia Southwestern men's basketball team will travel to Orlando, Fla. on Feb. 26 to take on the University of Central Florida at 7 p.m. in the 10,000-seat UCF Arena.
In accordance with current NCAA rules, the matchup will be considered a regular season game for the NCAA Division I Knights while being an exhibition for GSW.
UCF is coming off a 22-11 campaign and a trip to the NIT Tournament. The Knights were 16-1 at home in 2011-12 and they return their top three scorers from a year ago, including Marcus Jordan (13.7 ppg), son of NBA legend Michael Jordan.
A current member of Conference USA, UCF will join the Big East in 2013-14. The university boasts the second-largest enrollment in the United States with over 58,000 students.
GSW is coming off of a 12-14 campaign where the Hurricanes were a perfect 9-0 in non-conference play before stumbling to a 3-14 record in Peach Belt Conference action after a rash of injuries and departures. Southwestern loses its top three scorers, including All-American and 2011 PBC Player of the Year Phillip Brown (missed 11 games in 2011-12), 2009 PBC Freshman of the Year Evan Mobley and 2011 PBC Freshman of the Year Colin Slotter (missed eight games). No. 4 scorer Milos Kleut (10.2 ppg) returns along with starter Matt Shaw who missed 11 games last year due to nagging injuries.
GSW traveled to Florida State for an exhibition last season and squared off against Auburn in a regular season game during the 2010-11 campaign. Prior to those meetings, it had been almost 27 years since the Hurricanes played a school out of major Division I conference. GSW came up short against the University of Texas in 1983, losing 77-60 in Austin.
Southwestern opens its 2012-13 campaign with five-consecutive home games beginning Nov. 9 when Fort Valley State visits the Storm Dome at 3 p.m.