Jan 14, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Fox calls a play a points against the Florida Gators during the first half at Stephen C. O

UGA basketball coach Mark Fox wants the Gators in Athens every year


The Georgia Bulldogs men’s basketball team will have three permanent SEC opponents on their home schedule beginning in the 2015-16 season, and head coach Mark Fox says he wants the Florida Gators to be one of them, per a story from the Athens Banner-Herald.

Fox would like the baskeball rivalry to grow into something as heated as the football rivalry, and what better way to do that than to make sure the two teams meet in both school’s venues on a yearly basis in the conference portion of the schedule.

“I think last year was the first time that Georgia hadn’t played Florida at home in 60 years or something,” said Fox. “There’s obviously a lot of history in our conference and that’s going to change as our conference grows.

Those are the games that our fans will traditionally come out and see,” Fox continued. “To not have any of those games at home, that’s an issue that all teams run into. Maybe with more partners that you play every year you can avoid some of that.”

Fans should be all for seeing the Gators come to Athens every year, since the football game seems doomed to the “neutral” (clears throat) site of Jacksonville, Fl. for all eternity. This is one permanent home opponent that would make complete sense in terms of natural rivals and good ticket sales.

Florida has a 109-99 lead in this series, which is the most frequent series for UGA basketball to date.

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