Weekend tipoff for college basketball season

dshirley@macon.comNovember 8, 2012 


This week on The Morning Show, we previewed the SEC basketball season with Jerry Tipton of Kentucky.com, the ACC season with David Glenn of the ACC Sports Journal and the Mercer season with Bears head coach Bob Hoffman.


Preseason picks

Georgia was picked eighth by the media members who cover the SEC (Kentucky was picked to win the conference).

Georgia Tech was picked ninth by the media members who cover the ACC (N.C. State was picked to win the conference).

Mercer was picked to win the A-Sun by the conference's coaches and media members.


Conference notes

SEC: Texas A&M and Missouri make their debut as SEC teams this weekend. ... Johnny Jones takes over as LSU's head coach, while Rick Ray is Mississippi State's new head coach, and Frank Martin is the new head coach at South Carolina. ... Kentucky is ranked third in the AP preseason poll and fifth in the USA Today poll (Florida is 10th in both polls). ... Kentucky had the top-rated recruiting class four the fourth straight year.

ACC: N.C. State, Duke and North Carolina are ranked in the top 11 of the AP preseason poll and the top 12 in the USA Today poll. ... Georgia Tech is the only team in the conference with five starters returning (North Carolina and Florida State each return only one). ... James Johnson takes over as the head coach at Virginia Tech.


A-Sun: Mercer is ranked 14th in the CollegeInsider.com mid-major preseason poll. ... Northern Kentucky makes its debut as an A-Sun team this weekend. ... There are no first-year head coaches in the conference this season.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2012/11/05/2238933/mercer-earns-no-14-spot-in-national.html#storylink=cpy

Getting started

Here are the weekend schedules for the three conferences:



Jacksonville at Georgia, 7 p.m.

Kennesaw State at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Sam Houston State at Arkansas, 8 p.m.

IPFW at Auburn, 8 p.m.

UC Santa Barbara at LSU, 8 p.m.

Mississippi State at Troy, 8 p.m.

Kentucky vs. Maryland, 8:30 p.m.

Louisiana Tech at Texas A&M, 9 p.m.

South Dakota St. at Alabama, 9 p.m.

Florida vs. Georgetown, 9 p.m.

Mississippi Valley State at Mississippi, 9 p.m.


Nicholls State at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m.

SIU-Edwardsville at Missouri, 5 p.m.


UW Milwaukee at South Carolina, 3 p.m.

Alabama State at Florida, 3:30 p.m.

West Alabama at Alabama, 5 p.m.



Stetson at Miami, 5:30 p.m.

Gardner-Webb at North Carolina, 7 p.m.

Georgia State at Duke, 7 p.m.

Tulane at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

South Alabama at Florida State, 7 p.m.

Miami (Ohio) at NC State, 7 p.m.

Radford at Wake Forest, 7 p.m.

Virginia at George Mason, 7 p.m.

Kentucky vs. Maryland, 8:30 p.m.


East Tennessee State at Virginia Tech, 2 p.m.


FIU at Boston College, 2 p.m.

Florida Atlantic at North Carolina, 2:30 p.m.



Stetson at Miami, 5:30 p.m.

Belmont at Lipscomb, 6:30 p.m.

Kennesaw State at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Jacksonville at Georgia, 7 p.m.

Florida Gulf Coast at VCU, 7:30 p.m.

USC Upstate at St. Louis, 8 p.m.


ETSU at Virginia Tech, 2:30 p.m.

Sewanee at Mercer, 4 p.m.

Edward Waters at North Florida, 7 p.m.

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