THE FLATS – Georgia Tech and Georgia State have agreed to play a three-game series in men’s basketball that begins with the upcoming 2020-21 season, the schools announced Wednesday.
Tech will host the Panthers at McCamish Pavilion on Dec. 16 this season and again during the 2021-22 season on a date to be determined, and the Yellow Jackets will play at Georgia State on a date to be determined during the 2022-23 season.
The teams last played on Oct. 28, 2017 in an exhibition game to aid the victims of the hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. They last played in a regular-season game on Dec. 17, 2008, an 84-64 Tech victory at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The series dates back to the 1969-70 season, and Tech holds a 17-2 lead, having won the last 14 meetings.
“We’re pleased to partner with Georgia State and head coach Rob Lanier to play the Panthers, and I believe our fans will be excited to resume this cross-town series and see the teams play each other again,” said head coach Josh Pastner. “The great thing about this series is that fans of the both teams will be able to see all three games.”
Georgia State joins a Tech non-conference home slate that includes rival Georgia on Nov. 19 for the teams’ 197 all-time meeting, and three November games that comprise the season-opening Georgia Tech Showcase. Tech will open the regular-season Nov. 12 against Mount St. Mary’s, the first meeting between the two teams since the 1998-99 season, and follows that with a Nov. 16 game against James Madison, the Yellow Jackets’ first meeting against the Dukes since the 2004-05 season. After the game against the Georgia, the showcase wraps up Nov. 22 when Longwood visits McCamish Pavilion for the teams’ first-ever meeting. The Yellow Jackets also host Florida A&M on Dec. 18 and Delaware State on Dec. 20.
The Yellow Jackets also will face Kentucky on Nov. 27 as part of the Holiday Hoopsgiving event at State Farm Arena, and take on Stanford as part of a Basketball Hall of Fame triple-header on Dec. 13 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tech also awaits word of its opponent for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
“We continue to try and build a schedule that is challenging for our team, helps prepare us for the ACC and gives us a chance to earn a spot in post-season play,” said Pastner. “These are strong opponents who complement well the power conference teams we will face this upcoming season.”
The Atlantic Coast Conference will not announce the conference schedules for its teams until late summer, but the Jackets are slated to host Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest in 2020-21.
Pastner welcomes back the Yellow Jackets’ top three scorers – senior guard Jose Alvarado and junior guard Michael Devoe, and senior forward Moses Wright – and three other key rotation players to a team that went 17-14 in 2019-20, and posted its highest ACC finish (11-9, fifth place) since 2005. Tech has bolstered the veteran squad with three highly-regarded freshmen and a pair of transfers.