Arizona-Cal pregame: Pac-12 plans enhanced telecast

2014-02-01T06:03:00Z 2014-02-01T15:20:22Z Arizona-Cal pregame: Pac-12 plans enhanced telecastBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

BERKELEY, Calif. – The Pac-12 Networks is planning to make tonight’s Arizona-Cal game a showcase of its five-game “Hooper Saturday” of telecasts with a blast of technology.

Jonathan Leess, the Pac-12 Networks’ vice president of production planning and operations, said the UA-Cal game will have 12 cameras on site and will overlay graphics on key replays during halftime or timeouts.

Of the 12 cameras, seven will be manned. One of the manned ones will be a super “X-MO” slow motion camera designed to give a better look at a foul or whether a ball went out of bounds, while another will be a roaming wireless camera that can go anywhere in the arena or locker rooms.

Of the five unmanned cameras, two will be placed atop the goals as “slam cams,” one is an overview “beauty” shot of the entire arena, one is on the scoreboard and another is on the shot clock.

Leess said the shot clock and scoreboard cameras are integrated so there is no satellite delay between the clock time and the television feed.

The Pac-12 Networks plans to use the same technology for the Pac-12 Tournament next month, making it sort of a trial run.

“We’ve used this before on key football games but have yet to take basketball games with all this technology,” Leess said. “This is really important to us, to have this exclusive showing of the No. 1 team.”

The UA-Cal game will tipoff at 8:30 p.m. MT, with Jim Watson, Dan Belluomini, and Ashley Adamson on the broadcast.

Other items related to tonight's game:

-- Cal's Richard Solomon has grown up on and off the court.

-- The Bears are reeling.

-- The game story from Cal's overtime loss to ASU.

-- Our coverage today: A look at the increasingly long Pac-12 weekends, a look at midseason Pac-12 MVP candidates, a photo gallery of candidates, and a scouting report.

-- The school-produced notes from Arizona and Cal.

Joseph Young says Oregon can still be a tournament team...but the Ducks better get going.

Utah and Colorado still don't really have a rivalry yet. The refocusing Buffs will host the Utes.

Other Pac-12 games today, all on the Pac-12 Networks:

Utah at Colorado, noon

ASU at Stanford, 2 p.m.

Washington at WSU, 4 p.m.

USC at Oregon, 6 p.m.

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