Some Monday morning items of possible interest...
Jason Terry is scheduled to attend Saturday's Red-Blue Game. He'll be honored for winning an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks, while Derrick Williams and Chase Budinger are scheduled to be on hand while they are added to the UA's "Ring of Honor" at McKale Center.
As pointed out by Beth and Tracy on a http://dynamic.azstarnet.com/comments/viewcomments.php?id=/sports/blogs/pascoe/article_3d0d8ba4-f5f8-11e0-8f9e-001cc4c002e0.html&h=On%20Wildcats'%20Red-Blue%20tickets%20and%20other%20notes" target="_blank">previous discussion thread, UA sold http://my.groupon.com/deals/gl-university-of-arizona-basketball" target="_blank">Red-Blue Game tickets through Groupon last week and the website said 1,900 people bought them.
The tickets were priced at 2 for $8, a savings of $6 total over the advance retail price and $12 over the walk-up price for two tickets. However, it was $1 more per ticket than the price offered if bought in conjunction with UCLA football game tickets through UA.
Heavy promotion, last season's Elite Eight finish and appearances by NBA ex-Wildcats should result in Arizona drawing greater than the 10,000 or so that attended last season (UA announced a crowd of 10,657). UA said last week over 8,000 tickets have been sold.
UA spokesman Richard Paige confirmed that Jason Terry is scheduled to attend the festivities also.
The L.A. Times has a detailed look at http://articles.latimes.com/2011/oct/15/sports/la-sp-1016-pac-12-money-20111016/2" target="_blank">how badly many Pac-12 teams need the conference's new media rights money, noting how some including ASU rely on "allocated revenue" from university sources.
Colorado http://www.buffzone.com/mensbasketball/ci_19127318?source=rss" target="_blank">needs Andre Roberson to have a breakout season.
Shabazz Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, told Zagsblog his son http://www.zagsblog.com/2011/10/17/after-uk-visit-muhammad-still-eyeing-spring-signing/" target="_blank">will make a springtime decision. He still mentions Arizona as a possibility, though the UA's involvement in his recruitment has appeared fairly dormant recently.
NAU is http://northernarizonanews.com/blog/2011/10/16/mens-basketball-tough-non-conference-schedule-to-prepare-for-big-sky-competition/" target="_blank">making an effort to become "Arizona's team" this season.