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Arizona basketball: Southern added to schedule

2013-05-24T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T11:38:07Z Arizona basketball: Southern added to scheduleBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats have completed their nonconference schedule for next season by inviting Southern University to McKale Center for a Dec. 19 game.

Southern went 23-10 and won the SWAC tournament last season. The Jaguars were a No. 16 seed in the NCAA tournament, losing 64-58 to top-seeded Gonzaga in Salt Lake City.

The Wildcats' nonconference schedule includes four previously announced games that are part of multiyear series (at home against Texas Tech and UNLV, and on the road at Michigan and San Diego State).

Arizona will also play in the NIT Season Tip-Off, which includes two home games and a chance to play two more games in New York during Thanksgiving week.

The rest of the games were contracted for one time only, though NAU is a perennial opponent and Long Beach State is returning to McKale for the second straight season on a single-game basis.

Overall, the nine scheduled nonconference opponents finished last season with an average RPI of 117, a jump up from the 132 average RPI the Wildcats' opponents carried into last season. Those figures do not include teams from last season's Diamond Head Classic or the yet-to-be announced teams in next season's NIT Tip-Off.

Five of UA's nonconference opponents - Michigan, New Mexico State, San Diego State, Southern and UNLV - played in the 2013 NCAA tournament.

"We are excited about our 2013-14 nonconference schedule," UA coach Sean Miller said in a statement.

"It provides our team with numerous opportunities at McKale Center, away from home, and in the NIT Season Tip-Off that will prepare us for conference play. Additionally, this type of schedule is built to provide us the quality needed in the month of March for our postseason aspirations to be realized."

The Wildcats have not yet picked a date for their annual Red-Blue Game intrasquad scrimmage but they have opted to play only one exhibition game, on Oct. 28 against Division II Augustana (S.D.).

Instead of a second exhibition, UA will play a closed scrimmage against another Division I team in October or early November.

nonconference schedule

Arizona's opponents for the nonconference portion of the 2013-14 basketball schedule:

Date Opponent

TBA Red-Blue Game (intrasquad scrimmage)

TBA Division I scrimmage (closed to public)

Oct. 28 AUGUSTANA (S.D.) (exhibition)

Nov. 8 CAL POLY

Nov. 11 LONG BEACH STATE

Nov. 14 at San Diego State

Nov. 18 or 19 NIT Season Tip-Off Game 1

Nov. 19 or 20 NIT Season Tip-Off Game 2

Nov. 27 NIT semifinals* at New York

Nov. 29 NIT final or consolation* at New York

Dec. 3 TEXAS TECH

Dec. 7 UNLV

Dec. 11 NEW MEXICO STATE

Dec. 14 at Michigan

Dec. 19 SOUTHERN

Dec. 23 NORTHERN ARIZONA

Notes

• UA will play at New York only if it wins its first two NIT games. Otherwise, it will play consolation games on Nov. 25 and 26. Other teams hosting the first two NIT games are Alabama, Duke and Rutgers.

• Pac-12 play is scheduled to begin the weekend of Jan. 1-5, but the schedule has not yet been released. As part of the conference's unbalanced schedule, the Wildcats will not travel to Washington and Washington State, and will not host UCLA or USC.

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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 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Cal Poly Pomona at
Stanford
11/6 8:00 pm
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Denver at
Stanford
12/13 4:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
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