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 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Loyola Marymount at
Stanford
12/17 58-67
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 38-86
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18 8:00 pm
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
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