AMERICUS - Georgia Southwestern State University head men's basketball coach Mike Leeder has released the program's 2014-15 schedule that features 12 games at home, 12 on the road and two at a neutral site.
The Hurricanes will travel to the University of Georgia on Nov. 7 to take on the SEC-power Bulldogs in an exhibition game at 7 p.m.
GSW opens the season with four games away from Americus beginning Nov. 19 at the reigning Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season champion Fort Valley State. Less than 48 hours later the Hurricanes will be in Pembroke, N.C. to kick off a pair of neutral-site, inaugural-meeting games with the first being Southern Wesleyan University. On the 22nd, GSW meets Fayetteville State.
GSW returns to the Peach State for a regional contest at Albany State on the 29th.
The Hurricanes finally enjoy some home cooking when they host three consecutive games in the Storm Dome. The home opener comes Dec. 1 against Lane College. Fort Valley State completes its home-and-home series with GSW on Dec. 3 and Middle Georgia State College comes to town on Dec. 15.
Peach Belt Conference play ensues with a trip on the 18th to Augusta to take on Georgia Regents. GSW closes out the calendar year on Dec. 20 in Greenwood, S.C., at Lander.
The Hurricanes are greeted with a stretch of three home games in five days to open 2015. Southwestern hosts Montevallo on Jan. 3, Georgia College two days later and finally Columbus State on the 7th.
After a quick stop at Young Harris on Jan. 10, GSW looks to the comforts of home with three games in the Storm Dome over a 10-day stretch. Southwestern entertains Flagler on the Jan 14 and travels to USC Aiken on Jan. 17 before hosting Armstrong on the 19th and UNC Pembroke on the 24th.
From there the Hurricanes embark on their longest road trip of the conference season, a three-game stint that involves trips to Clayton State (Jan. 18), Columbus State (Jan. 31) and Montevallo (Feb. 4).
A Homecoming contest against Clayton State awaits GSW on Feb. 7. The Hurricanes play North Georgia in the Storm Dome on Feb. 11, travel to Francis Marion on Feb. 14 and return for Senior Night on Feb. 18 against Young Harris.
In-state trips to Georgia College (Feb. 21) and North Georgia (Feb. 25) close out the regular season.
The Peach Belt Conference Tournament begins on Saturday, Feb. 28 with the top four teams in each of the two divisions qualifying for the postseason event. First round games will be hosted by the higher seeds. The semifinals and finals will be held Mar. 7-8 at the highest remaining seed out of the men's east division with the winner earning the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA National Tournament.
GSW is coming off a 20-11 season that opened with 10 consecutive victories and ended with a double-overtime loss in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional. The Hurricanes have reached the "Big Dance" in two of the last four seasons. Southwestern loses its top four scorers, including All-Peach Belt Conference selections Alan Arnett (16.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg), Daryl Davis (13.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Johathan Brooks (13.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg). The fourth scorer, Jamon Hawkins (11.3 ppg) was named to the 2014 Peach Belt Conference All-Tournament team.
- GSW has won 16 its last 19 non-conference games played in the Storm Dome - the Hurricanes host three contests this season
- On the schedule are first-time meetings (since GSW joined the NCAA) with four schools: Southern Wesleyan, Fayetteville State, Lane College and Middle Georgia State College
- GSW leads the series against the remaining non-conference opponents: Fort Valley State (4-3) and Albany State (3-2)
- The all-time series is tied with one PBC school since GSW joined the conference: Young Harris (2-2)
- GSW (since joining the NCAA) holds the series advantage over three PBC schools: Columbus State (9-7), North Georgia (9-7) and UNC Pembroke (7-5)
- Nine of the 12 home games in 2014-15 will be played on a weekday
- Day of the week with the most home games: Wednesday (5)