Arizona basketball: Miller's nonconference scheduling plan finally free of prior engagements

2013-05-04T22:00:00Z Arizona basketball: Miller's nonconference scheduling plan finally free of prior engagementsBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 04, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

After four years under coach Sean Miller, the Arizona Wildcats’ scheduling philosophy is finally in place.

With all but three one-time home games tentatively set for next season’s nonconference schedule, the Wildcats have settled into a formula that includes four major home-and-home series, a neutral-site event and a handful of one-time guarantee home games each season.

For next season, that formula will bring UNLV and Texas Tech to McKale Center, and the Wildcats will play at Michigan, at San Diego State and in the NIT Tip-Off. Another one-time game against Long Beach State, which visited McKale Center last season, and the annual NAU contest, are among the one-time opponents.

Off the books are home-and-home contracts with Florida and Clemson, which UA played last season, and in 2011-12 the Wildcats finished up an unexpected series with New Mexico State (formed when San Diego State had a scheduling conflict in 2010-11) and a semi-neutral site series with Gonzaga that began in Phoenix in 2008-09 before Miller arrived but skipped two seasons.

“When we first got here, a couple of contracts that were on the books were a little bit awkward,” said Ryan Reynolds, UA’s director of basketball operations. “That makes it kind of hard to balance it out, but at this point I think we have a pretty good formula.”

Read more about the Cats' 2013-2014 schedule in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 16 2 0 0.889 34 4 0 0.895
Utah 13 5 0 0.722 26 9 0 0.743
Oregon 12 5 0 0.706 25 10 0 0.714
UCLA 11 7 0 0.611 22 14 0 0.611
Arizona State 9 9 0 0.500 19 16 0 0.543
Stanford 9 9 0 0.500 22 13 0 0.629
Oregon State 8 10 0 0.444 16 14 0 0.533
Colorado 7 10 0 0.412 16 16 0 0.500
Washington State 7 11 0 0.389 13 18 0 0.419
California 6 11 0 0.353 17 15 0 0.531
Washington 5 13 0 0.278 16 15 0 0.516
USC 3 14 0 0.176 12 19 0 0.387

Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Stanford at
Old Dominion
3/31 6:00 pm
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