All Arizona Wildcats basketball games will be televised this season among the Pac-12, ESPN, CBS and Fox networks. But fans will need a few things to catch every one of them.
Like energy, for UA’s consecutive 9 p.m. tipoffs on Nov. 18 and 19 in the NIT Tip-Off. Patience, for those Thursday-Sunday and even Wednesday-Sunday spreads between Pac-12 weekend games that accommodate the Pac-12’s lucrative media rights deal. And a clear calendar for Valentine’s night, for UA’s rare Friday date at ASU.
Of course, those subscribing to DirecTV will also need access to a good sports bar or friend’s television to catch Arizona’s 12 Pac-12 Networks games, thanks to the continued stalemate between the satellite provider and the Pac-12.
Most of the Wildcats’ highly anticipated games, however, will be widely available on either the ESPN or CBS families of networks.
In all, UA will be featured on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU 13 times, including eight Pac-12 games and the four-game NIT Tip-Off. UA will host NIT games on Nov. 18 and 19, against still-to-be-determined low- or mid-major opponents, and travel to New York for the semifinals and finals on Nov. 27 and 29 if it wins its first two NIT games.
Two UA games will be on over-the-air CBS — its Dec. 14 game at Michigan and its March 8 regular-season finale at Oregon — while its Nov. 14 game at San Diego State will be on CBS Sports Network.
Four of UA’s games will be on the newly created Fox Sports 1 — both Utah games, and road games at USC and Oregon State — while all other games will be on the Pac-12 Networks.
UA’s Oct. 28 exhibition against Augustana will also be televised on Pac-12 Networks. The Wildcats also will play a closed, unpublicized scrimmage against a Division I team, probably during the weekend of Nov. 1.