SEC announces future basketball scheduling format beginning in 2025
The SEC has announced the future basketball scheduling format beginning with the 2025-26 season following its approval by the SEC Presidents and Chancellors.
The league developed the new format at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla., this week. A new format was necessary due to the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns joining the conference beginning with the 2025 season.
Below are the details of the new SEC future basketball scheduling format:
- Regular season: Each season a team will play two permanent opponents home and away, one rotating opponent home and away, plus the 12 remaining teams in single contests either home or away, for a total of 18 conference games.
- SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament: All 16 teams will compete in a single-elimination format, consistent with the current format but with two additional games. The top four seeded teams will continue to receive a bye through the first two rounds of the tournament.
Under the current league format, each SEC team plays three permanent opponents home-and-home, 10 other teams at least once, and two teams on a rotating basis. Georgia’s permanent opponents are currently Auburn, Florida, and South Carolina.
With the new format beginning in 2025-26, Georgia will only have two permanent opponents.
The 2022-23 season will be the first for the Georgia Bulldogs under head coach Mike White, who previously held the same position with the Florida Gators for the past seven seasons. White, who began his career at Louisiana Tech, has an overall record of 243-128 (.655) with five NCAA tournament appearances.