Wildcats release tentative Pac-12 basketball schedule

2013-06-21T14:54:00Z 2013-06-21T23:31:01Z Wildcats release tentative Pac-12 basketball scheduleBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 21, 2013 2:54 pm  • 

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.

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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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We had a notebook about new arrivals Elliott Pitts and Zach Peters, as well as word from Miller that he supports the Pac-12's new officiating alliance with the Mountain West.

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USA Today chatted with Sean Miller about Aaron Gordon, transfers and other topics.

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The contract of Colorado's Tad Boyle was extended through 2017-18.

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Justise Winslow said he may cut his list next month, though Arizona and Duke have long been considered frontrunners.

 

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