Bulldogs reach deal to play in K.C. event

Georgia has signed a contract for its men’s basketball team to play four games next season in a November tournament that includes games in Athens and in Kansas City, Mo.

The first two rounds will be between Nov. 13 and Nov. 17 at four different sites.

The teams in the tournament will be divided into a host pool (four teams) and travel pool (up to eight teams).

Georgia is in the host pool and will play two regional-round games in Athens at Stegeman Coliseum.

The Bulldogs will then travel to Kansas City along with three other teams and play games in the semifinal and championship rounds (including consolation game) in the Sprint Center on Nov. 21 and 22, according to a signed contract obtained through an Open Records request. The remainder of the field plays in subregionals at campus sites.

Duke won the CBE Classic this year. Duke, Kansas State, Marquette and Gonzaga each hosted two games on campus and then played two additional games each in Kansas City.

Texas and Syracuse won the event the previous two years.

The tournament’s name is not specified in the contract Georgia signed on Oct. 5 with event organizer – Princeton, N.J.-based The Gazelle Group, which runs the CBE Classic and other college basketball tournaments – but it does specify that Georgia will play in Kansas City, where the CBE Classic was held this year.

“Gazelle shall have the sole authority to determine the location of all Event Sites where Participant shall play its Games, all dates and starting times for all Games, the name of the Event, and all Teams and opponent for Particpant in the Games,” the contract stipulates.

No other teams taking part in the 2011 tournament are specified in the contract.

Georgia coach Mark Fox is a native of Garden City, Kan., who played basketball at Garden City (Kan.) Community College.

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