Georgia to face Notre Dame in Holiday Hoopsgiving 2022
The Georgia Bulldogs will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Holiday Hoopsgiving 2022 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Sunday, Dec. 18, it was announced on Friday.
The VII Group, which organizes and manages the event, officially announced the contest following a report earlier this week from the South Bend Tribune.
Georgia and Notre Dame last met in basketball on Nov. 22, 2011 in the Progressive CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. The Bulldogs defeated the Fighting Irish in that contest, 61-57. The two schools first met on the hardcourt in 1993 and the Fighting Irish currently lead the series 2-1.
Holiday Hoopsgiving 2022 will feature three additional matchups at State Farm Arena eight days prior to the Georgia-Notre Dame game. On Friday, Dec. 10, Clemson will face Loyola Chicago, Auburn will take on Memphis, and LSU will play Wake Forest.
Below is more from the UGA release:
The first Hoopsgiving conducted in 2020 featured five matchups at State Farm Arena over two weekends and included seven teams that advanced to either the NCAA Tournament (Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech and LSU) or NIT (Dayton, Memphis and Mississippi State). Last year’s event included four games and four players who were selected in last week’s NBA Draft, including three first-round picks.
Georgia will be playing its first season under Mike White as head coach during the 2022-23 season. White averaged more than 22 wins per year in combined 11 seasons as head coach at Louisiana Tech (2012-15) and Florida (2015-22). White’s teams have advanced to postseason competition during nine of 10 possible seasons, and Florida was a consensus pick to earn a bid to the 2020 NCAA Tournament before it was canceled.
The 2022-23 Georgia roster features five returning letterwinners and nine newcomers.
The Bulldogs’ returnees accounted for more than 60 percent of their offensive production last season. Headlining the quintet are Kario Oquendo, the SEC’s top returning scorer in league games (18.3 ppg), and Bridges, who became the first Bulldog to lead SEC in field goal percentage since 1980.
The newcomers include six transfers and three freshmen, including two walk-ons. Five of the transfers – Frank Anselem, Justin Hill, Jusaun Holt, Mardrez McBride and Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe – played on teams that reached the NCAA Tournament in either 2021 or 2022 and the sixth – Terry Roberts – helped lead Florida SouthWestern to a No. 1 ranking in junior college in 2020. Of the freshmen, KyeRon Lindsay played for two top-10 ranked teams in Texas Class 6A at Denton Guyer High School.