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Blog: Late tip for UGA hoops makes it ‘tougher’ on fans (with Mark Fox video)

Game times don’t matter much to Charles Mann, the Georgia sophomore guard insists.

“If it’s an 8 o’clock in the morning game, I’ll be ready,” Mann said. “It doesn’t matter what time.”

Fans may have a different take on that.

Georgia tips off against Missouri tonight at 9 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum in a game nationally televised on ESPNU. It’s the latest home tip of the season.

“It’s tougher to get fans out, there’s no question,” coach Mark Fox said. “I think the changing game times is a major factor in attendance in today’s scheme of college basketball. A 9 p.m. game is a challenge to get people here and we’re certainly going to need people to come.”

Georgia’s final five games all have different start times:
–At South Carolina last Saturday was 1:45 p.m.
-Tonight against Missouri is at 9 p.m.
–Saturday at Arkansas is at 4 p.m. ET
–The home game against Mississippi State on March 5 is at 7 p.m.
–The March 8 game at LSU is at 5 p.m. ET.

TV dictates much of when games are played.

Center Donte’ Williams has a preference for week night games.

“I like them pretty early like around 7,” Williams said. “You don’t have to wait around, especially on the road. You don’t have to sit around in the hotel room.”

Georgia is once again allowing UGA students to get into tonight’s game and the regular season home finale against Mississippi State for free.

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