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UA basketball: Cats beef up future sked, add Michigan

2012-03-20T00:01:00Z 2014-07-24T10:48:05Z UA basketball: Cats beef up future sked, add MichiganBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 20, 2012 12:01 am  • 

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 Kenpom.com. Counting Pac-12 games, the Wildcats' schedule was rated No. 94 by Kenpom.com 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.

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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 12 1 0 0.923
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 9 2 0 0.818
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 8 5 0 0.615
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Harvard at
Arizona State
12/28 12:00 pm
Cal State-Bakersfield at
California
12/28 1:30 pm
Cal-Davis at
Washington State
12/28 4:00 pm
UCLA at
Alabama
12/28 4:30 pm
Stony Brook at
Washington
12/28 6:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Stanford
12/29 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Oregon
12/29 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon State
12/30 7:30 pm
Carroll (Mont.) at
Utah
12/30 7:30 pm
Vermont at
USC
12/30 9:30 pm
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