Eagles to travel to Tucson for matchup with Pac-12 champions

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  • The Eagles will travel to face Arizona in November. The Wildcats won the Pac-12 conference last season before losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Ryan Pye

Although the entire 2018-19 schedule has not been completely set, the Georgia Southern Basketball team knows of at least one more opponent they will face off against in late November, the Arizona Wildcats.

As first reported by the Tucson Star, the Wildcats are playing Georgia Southern in replacement of their originally scheduled game against Texas Southern. When it was first released, the overall difficulty of Arizona’s non conference schedule was brought into question, so the school decided to replace Texas Southern with the Eagles, who are ranked 69 spots higher than the Tigers, in hopes to improve their strength of schedule.

Regardless of their schedule, Arizona has been a national powerhouse of college basketball in recent years, and the game marks a huge chance for the Eagles to gain national attention and respect in the basketball community.

With the Eagles having to replace two starters from last year’s squad, traveling to Tucson to square off against the Wildcats will be quite the challenge, and naturally the Eagles will more than likely be a large underdog.

Georgia Southern’s match up with Arizona is set for Thursday, November 29, from McKale Center in Tucson.

The rest of the non-conference opponents that the Eagles will face off against in 2018-19 are set to be announced sometime next week.

Ryan Pye, The George-Anne Sports Reporter, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu