Wildcats add Utah Valley to complete 2014-15 nonconference schedule

2014-05-12T10:38:00Z 2014-05-12T13:04:55Z Wildcats add Utah Valley to complete 2014-15 nonconference scheduleBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats announced today they have added Utah Valley for the final opening on their 2014-15 schedule, while also releasing all of the planned dates for previously disclosed games.

The Wildcats will play eight home nonconference games, including marquee games against Gonzaga and Michigan, while traveling to play in the Maui Invitational along with road games at UTEP and UNLV.

Times and television arrangements are scheduled to be announced sometime this summer, along with the Pac-12 schedule. The full nonconference schedule:

Nov. 9 CAL POLY POMONA (exhibition)

Nov. 14 MOUNT ST. MARY’S

Nov. 16 CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (Maui Invitational opening game)

Nov. 19 UC IRVINE

Nov. 24-26 at Maui Invitational, Lahaina, Hawaii (fixed bracket TBA, three games, participating teams: Arizona, BYU, Chaminade, Kansas State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Purdue and San Diego State)

Dec. 2 GARDNER-WEBB

Dec. 6 GONZAGA

Dec. 9 UTAH VALLEY

Dec. 13 MICHIGAN

Dec. 16 OAKLAND

Dec. 19 at UTEP

Dec. 23 at UNLV

Notes:

-- The Cal State Northridge game is technically part of the Maui Invitational, but will have no bearing on the brackets for games in Hawaii.

-- Arizona will also host St. Mary's for a closed scrimmage, probably during the weekend of Nov. 1-2.

-- The Red-Blue Game intrasquad scrimmage is tentatively set for Oct. 18, pending the progress of McKale Center renovations.


Four games are part of multi-year series: UNLV is the second of a four-year arrangement, UTEP is the return game from the Miners' 2012-13 appearance at McKale Center, Michigan is the return game from last season, and Gonzaga begins a series that will be returned next season in Spokane, Wash.

Arizona will play at Missouri in 2015-16 to begin a two-year series that will essentially replace the Michigan series, according to Ryan Reynolds, UA's director of basketball operations.


UA coach Sean Miller said in a UA statement that the schedule will prepare the Wildcats for the Pac-12 while providing "numerous opportunities" to play quality opponents that will help in March.

“In addition to what will be a very challenging Maui Invitational, we have multiple marquee home games and two difficult true road games on the schedule," Miller said. "Our players and staff are ready to work hard this summer to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.”


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