"Basketbash" to Tip Off 2012-13 Basketball Season Oct. 12

Sept. 25, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia basketball programs will host "Basketbash...It's Midnight Somewhere!" at Stegeman Coliseum on Friday, Oct. 12 from 7-10 p.m. to celebrate the opening of their pre-season practices.

The event will provide fans with a sneak peak at the 2012-13 basketball teams and also include interactive games, giveaways for UGA students and a performance by comedian Dan Ahdoot.  Basketbash will be hosted by Ryan Cameron, V103 radio personality and Atlanta Hawks announcer.

The Bulldogs will open practices on Oct. 12, their first day allowed to due so under NCAA rules.

"We are really excited to have some fun with our students and fans at Basketbash," Bulldogs' head coach Mark Fox said.  "Our players have worked hard through the summer and so far during fall workouts. We've been looking forward to hosting an event like this to get the season started, and we felt like now is the right time to start doing this.  The Basketbash event should be a fun, entertaining evening for everybody."

The Lady Bulldogs will begin official pre-season practices on Oct. 1, the day women's basketball programs can begin complete team workouts.

"The beginning of practice is always an exciting time," Lady Bulldogs' head coach Andy Landers said.  "You know the season is approaching and the preparations ratchet up to another level. I'm pleased we'll have an opportunity to share this excitement with our fans at 'Basketbash.' It should prove to be a fun evening for our players, our staff and our terrific fans."

The first 1,000 UGA students in the lower section of Stegeman will receive Basketbash t-shirts, Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and Papa John's pizza. In addition, students in the lower section will be eligible to win prizes, including a Kindle Fire, iPad and gift cards.



From 7-8 p.m., both the Georgia men's and women's basketball team will sign autographs on the Stegeman Coliseum concourse. Inflatable games, face painting and balloon artists also will be available on the concourse at that time.

From 8-9:30, the basketball teams will conduct workouts and the popular halftime act Simon Sez will entertain the crowd. Ahdoot, a former finalist on the NBC show Last Comic Standing, will wrap up the evening with a comedy set from 9:30-10.  A frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ahdoot is one of the most popular acts on college campuses across the country, having performed at more than 300 colleges to date.

The event is being co-hosted by the UGA Athletic Association, University Union and Dawgs After Dark.  Admission is free.

Fans can follow all of events and obtain the latest information by visiting www.georgiadogs.com/basketbash when it launches on Friday, September 28th.

The Bulldogs' season opener is slated for Friday, Nov. 9 against Jacksonville in Athens, while the Lady Bulldogs christen their campaign two days later on Nov. 11 by hosting Rutgers. Season tickets are on sale now for both the programs and can be obtained logging onto www.georgiadogs.com

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