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Hoops: Georgia to play at Baylor in January

Georgia has added a match-up that figures to help its efforts to reach a second straight NCAA tournament.

The Bulldogs will play at Baylor on Jan. 30 as part of the SEC-Big 12 challenge, the conferences announced on Thursday. It will be the first time the two schools have ever met in men's basketball.

It's a good game for Georgia, at least from an RPI perspective: Baylor (24-10 last year) is projected as a top 25 team in several early rankings, so just playing the game on the road should help Georgia, and a win would be a major plus.

Georgia and Baylor both exited in the first round of the NCAA tournament this year, but under different circumstances: Georgia was a No. 10 seed which lost to Michigan State, an eventual Final Four team. Baylor was a No. 3 seed and was upset by Georgia State.

The SEC-Big 12 challenge, which includes 10 schools in each conference, has been moved to later in the season in order to create more interest. In years past it has been held in November or December, and the conferences felt it was overshadowed by football.

Each of this year's 10 SEC-Big 12 games will be played on Jan. 30. The four SEC schools not participating in this year's challenge will have a conference game that day. (The full SEC schedule hasn't been announced yet.)

This won't be the only Big 12 team Georgia faces this season: Kansas State is due to visit on Dec. 4, as a return game in a two-game series. Georgia won at Kansas State last year.

Here are the other known non-conference games for Georgia:

Chattanooga: Fri., Nov. 20

at Seton Hall: Sat., Nov. 28

Georgia Tech: Sat., Dec. 19

Clemson: Tues., Dec. 22

The other SEC-Big 12 challenge games:

Texas Tech at Arkansas

Oklahoma State at Auburn

West Virginia at Florida

Georgia at Baylor

Kentucky at Kansas

Oklahoma at LSU

Ole Miss at Kansas State

Tennessee at TCU

Iowa State at Texas A&M

Vanderbilt at Texas