The Arizona Wildcats have added a one-time home game with Southern on Dec. 19 to finish out their nonconference schedule for next season.
Southern went 23-10 and won the SWAC Tournament last season. The Jaguars were a No. 16 seed in the NCAA tournament, losing 64-58 to Gonzaga in Salt Lake City.
Arizona will play a total of four major "home-and-home" series (hosting Texas Tech and UNLV, while traveling to face Michigan and San Diego State) as well as playing in the NIT Tip Off. The rest are one-time guarantee games, though NAU and Long Beach State are repeat guarantee-game opponents.
Arizona will be finishing up its series with Texas Tech and San Diego State, while the Wildcats will be starting a four-year deal with UNLV and a two-year set with Michigan.
The Wildcats' official release states that they will advance to the NIT semifinals in New York on Nov. 27 but, as they found out in 2008-09 with a loss to UAB, that's not necessarily the case: An early loss sends them to consolation games on Nov. 25 and 26, probably at McKale Center.
Exact times won't be set until the fall but here's how the nonconference schedule looks as of now:
TBA Red-Blue Game intrasquad scrimmage
Oct. 28 Augustana (S.D.) (exhibition)
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 NEW MEXICO STATE
Dec. 14 at Michigan
Dec. 19 SOUTHERN
Dec. 23 NAU
Home games in CAPS.
Some scheduling items worth noting:
-- 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, probably at McKale. They were forced to play in Athens, Ga., in 2008-09 because McKale was not available.
Other teams hosting the first two NIT games -- and thus likely to reach New York -- are Alabama, Duke and Rutgers. The dates of the first two games will be in the Nov. 18-20 window but have not been set yet.
-- The Pac-12 schedule will begin on Jan. 1 or Jan. 2 but has not been announced yet. As part of its unbalanced schedule, UA will not make the Washington-WSU road swing and will not host UCLA or USC.
-- There will only be one exhibition game this season. Not needing another home game to satisfy season-ticket requirements, the Wildcats have opted instead to play a closed scrimmage against a Division I opponent, probably sometime in late October or early November. Teams can play either two full exhibitions against non-Division I teams or one D-II exhibition and a closed scrimmage against a Division I team.
-- The Red-Blue Game could be moved up now that practices will begin on Sept. 27, but it will probably still be played sometime in October. One likely date is Oct. 20, since there is a UA home football game the day before (Utah), but the scheduling also depends on UA volleyball scheduling, which has not been announced.
Of course, the Wildcats also aim to hold the Red-Blue Game when they have the highest chance of attracting recruits, and they've had a lot of success there by holding it after other schools' "madness" type ceremonies in mid-October. So it may also be in their interest to see what other schools are doing.
-- In 2014-15, UA's schedule will feature road games at UNLV and UTEP, and home games against Michigan and Gonzaga. The Wildcats will also play in the 2014 Maui Invitational.
-- In 2015-16, Arizona will host Missouri and UNLV, and play at Gonzaga and, likely, at another team to be determined.