Arizona released the Pac-12 portion of its schedule today, saying it will open at home against the Washington schools and then travel for its only games against USC and UCLA this season.
Because of the unbalanced schedule, UA will face the Washington and Southern California schools only once this season and next. The Wildcats will not have a home game against rival UCLA and will not travel to Pauley Pavilion in 2014-15.
It's important to note that all of the Pac-12 games are subject to change because of television. If last year's schedule was any indication, the games can be moved anywhere within the Wednesday-Sunday window.
However, the release of this schedule at least gives you an idea of what pairs of teams will be played that week and if those games will be in Tucson or on the road, if you are making plans around that particular weekend.
The Pac-12 says it did not release the schedule (contrary to UA's statement) so the schedule may not be official yet.
Here's the rundown of what UA's schedule now appears to look like (the nonconference portion was completed last month):
TBA Red-Blue Game (intrasquad scrimmage)
TBA Division I scrimmage (closed to public)
Oct. 28 AUGUSTANA (S.D.) (exhibition)
Nov. 8 CAL POLY
Nov. 11 LONG BEACH STATE
Nov. 14 at San Diego State
Nov. 18 or 19 NIT Tip Off game one
Nov. 19 or 20 NIT Tip Off game two
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
Jan. 2 WASHINGTON
Jan. 4 WASHINGTON STATE
Jan. 9 at UCLA
Jan. 11 at USC
Jan 18 ASU
Jan. 23 COLORADO
Jan. 25 UTAH
Jan. 30 at Stanford
Feb. 1 at California
Feb. 6 OREGON
Feb. 8 OREGON STATE
Feb. 14 at ASU
Feb. 20 at Utah
Feb. 22 at Colorado
Feb. 27 CALIFORNIA
March 1 STANFORD
March 6 at Oregon State
March 8 at Oregon
March 12-15 Pac-12 tournament at Las Vegas
* if UA wins its first two NIT games.
JW's already complaining on Twitter (yes, he appears to have about four accounts there) that Arizona should always play UCLA twice. But in 2010 the schools all agreed on this rotating 10-year plan where four teams are played only once each season for two years, then a new set of four "bye" teams is rolled in (UA played Cal, Stanford, Oregon and OSU only once each over the past two seasons).
There were no exceptions to this rule in basketball, except that the natural "geographic" rival is played twice no matter what (in football, the Bay area teams continue to play the Southern California teams even though they are in different divisions.)
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