The Arizona Wildcats added the defending national champions to their future non conference schedules, agreeing to host Connecticut during the 2017-18 season and playing at UConn in 2018-19.
The Wildcats have largely kept a model of facing three or four high-major opponents during the non conference season, plus a multi-team event, under coach Sean Miller.
"We want to play a schedule to prepare us for conference play and the (NCAA) tournament," Miller said. "We don't want to be punished by the selection committee because we didn't give our players a chance" to prove themselves in big games.
The Wildcats won on the road at Michigan and San Diego State last season, wins that were likely a big reason UA earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Still, UA basketball operations director Ryan Reynolds said it is getting harder and harder to schedule good teams for home-and-home series because more of them want to play only in multi-team events and on their home courts.
Arizona will play at UNLV and UTEP during the upcoming season, while hosting Gonzaga and Missouri. In 2015-16, the Wildcats will travel to Gonzaga and other team to be determined while hosting Missouri and UNLV.
In 2016-17, Arizona is scheduled to play at Missouri and at UNLV, with at least one other high-major game likely to be added.
Remaining Maui Invitational tickets were put on sale today.
You can get a ticket for all of Arizona's games starting at $354. Daily tickets start at $233 and all-tournament tickets are $699. (And airfare, BTW, isn't cheap, either). Bon Voyage Travel has been selling packages locally.
Stanley Johnson was on display at the Seattle Pro-Am.
Oregon State guard Chai Baker collapsed during a practice and was hospitalized.