The Georgia basketball programs kicked their season off Friday night inside Stegeman Coliseum at the first annual ‘Stegmania’ for fans. Tom Crean’s men’s squad participated in a dunk contest and a scrimmage, while Joni Taylor’s women’s bunch took part in a three-point shootout.
Kirby Smart made a surprise appearance at the event, bringing with him Georgia football’s senior class to speak to the student body about the importance of showing up for athletic events, too.
The men’s team showcased their newly unveiled uniforms on Friday night as well.
Students who attended ‘Stegmania’ received Bojangles chicken biscuits and a t-shirt, though there were more incentives than just freebies to turn out for the night inside the gym.
UGA Graduate student Wes Jackson shared some of his experiences from the inaugural debut of ‘Stegmania’ with us after attending the homecoming parade earlier in the day.
“The energy was pretty good. Lower bowl was mostly full. Best part for me was seeing the scrimmage, especially the freshmen” said Jackson.
Being a fifth-year student in Athens and hardcore sports fan, this is certainly not the first rodeo for the graduate student.
A veteran Bulldog, Jackson was most excited to see scrimmaging after a long offseason in the Classic City.
“The 3-point and dunk contest was entertaining, but as a basketball fan, just seeing them play is the best” according to Jackson.
“I love Georgia basketball and can’t wait to see how Crean builds this program.”
Tom Crean makes his Georgia head coaching debut on October 18th at UAB, in an exhibition game.
Joni Taylor’s team, coming off a 3rd place finish in SEC play, tips things off for real with St. Bonaventure, on November 9th in Athens.