The Arizona Wildcats have finalized a deal to play Cal Poly for their Nov. 8 season opener at McKale Center, according to UA basketball operations director Ryan Reynolds.
The Mustangs of San Luis Obispo, Calif, finished third in the Big West Conference last season behind Long Beach State and Pacific with a record of 12-6.
They were 18-14 overall and 12-1 at home. After losing to Pacific in the semifinals of the Big West Tournament, Cal Poly was invited to the Collegeinsider.com Tournament -- its first postseason game in 27 years -- and lost to Weber State.
The Cal Poly game will be a one-time "guarantee" event, as will be the two remaining UA games to be determined.
As of now, this is how the nonconference schedule looks:
Nov. 8 CAL POLY
Nov. 11 LONG BEACH STATE
Nov. 14 at San Diego State
Nov. 18-20 NIT Tip-Off (first two games)
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 Home game TBA
Dec. 14 at Michigan
Dec. 19 Home game TBA
Dec. 23 NAU
-- Home games in CAPS.
-- UA will only play in New York if it wins its first two NIT games. If the Wildcats don't they will play in consolation games on Nov. 25 and 26.
-- The Pac-12 schedule has not been released but it will begin either Jan. 1 or 2. UA will miss the Washington trip and will not host USC or UCLA next season because of the Pac-12's unbalanced schedule.
Mark Lyons has been working out in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Sounds like Aaron Gordon and his sister are headed to Italy to visit older brother Drew.