Jordin Mayes had more downs than ups on offense this season, but developed a taste for defending that will come in handy Thursday.


The Arizona Wildcats have added Michigan and are close to adding Oral Roberts to their future men's basketball schedules.

Ryan Reynolds, the Wildcats' director of men's basketball operations, said Arizona completed a contract with Michigan to begin a two-year home-and-home series in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2013-14. It will conclude at McKale Center in 2014-15.

Oral Roberts is likely to be added as a one-time guarantee game for next season.

The Wildcats still have five remaining dates to fill on their 2012-13 schedule, and four of them will probably be held at McKale Center. Reynolds said the other game would likely be an away or neutral-site game.

As of now, Arizona's 2012-13 schedule includes home games with Florida and probably Oral Roberts and NAU, plus a game at Clemson and participation in the Diamond Head Classic.

The other teams in the Diamond Head event, which consists of three games in Honolulu between Dec. 22-25, are Indiana State, Hawaii, San Diego State, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, San Francisco and Texas Tech.

Because the Diamond Head Classic is considered a multi-team event, the Wildcats can play an additional nine nonconference games for a total of 12 outside of Pac-12 play - one more than normally allowed.

Arizona's nonconference strength of schedule last season wound up being rated 149 by Counting Pac-12 games, the Wildcats' schedule was rated No. 94 by and No. 87 in the Sagarin ratings.

UA finished its season at 23-12, with an RPI of 76.

As for its future foes, Florida is still in the NCAA tournament and Oral Roberts (27-6) had an RPI of 48 but fell to the NIT. Of the Diamond Head teams, only San Diego State earned an NCAA tourney bid and Miami (Fla.) had an RPI of 60. Michigan (23-9) had a strong RPI of 13, but it was upset by Ohio in the first round of the NCAA tourney.

Carrier Classic out

The Wildcats had also considered playing in the Carrier Classic in San Diego next season, but that event was moved to Charleston, S.C., because an active Navy ship was not scheduled to be available in San Diego next November.

Arizona is already traveling to South Carolina to play Clemson and opted against also playing in the Carrier game.

North Carolina beat Michigan State 67-55 in the first Carrier Classic on Nov. 11, aboard the USS Carl Vinson, anchored in San Diego Bay.

Sticking around

Seniors Kyle Fogg and Jesse Perry said they plan to stay at UA this spring while finishing their degrees, before preparing to find professional contracts.

"I definitely want to play after this, wherever that may be," Perry said after the Cats lost to Bucknell last week in their NIT opener. "I'm just going to take a little time off, think about things, keep on going through school and finish off strong."

Pac-12 reunion

Washington will get an unexpected chance at avenging its 25-point loss at Oregon last month when it hosts the Ducks at 6 p.m. today on ESPN in a quarterfinal NIT game.

Oregon beat Washington 82-57 on Feb. 9 in Eugene, Ore., and the Huskies beat the Ducks 76-60 on Dec. 31 in Seattle.

Before the Ducks beat Iowa to advance to tonight's game, Washington guard Tony Wroten told the Everett Herald that he would "love" to face Oregon again. "We're going to come out pumped and ready," he said. "They pretty much embarrassed us last time, in Eugene, so it'll be about revenge."

Forward Darnell Gant told the Seattle Times that "a loss like that… always lingers and never goes away."

The winner of tonight's quarterfinal will receive a berth in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.