Nationally ranked Wildcats to make 13 appearances on national television
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- National exposure goes hand-in-hand with being one of the nation’s elite programs as every regular-season University of Arizona men’s basketball game potentially could be televised live in 2004-05.
For more than 30 years Wildcat basketball has been regularly featured on television, and 2004-05 is no different as all 27 regular-season games and two exhibitions are slated for broadcast. The schedule features 13 national appearances with nine games offered on Fox Sports Net, two on ESPN/ESPN2, and one each on CBS-TV and ABC-TV.
Additionally, FSN Arizona will produce 13 games to be shown in the Arizona market, including the two exhibition games. Longtime Tucson sports personality Dave Sitton (play-by-play) and Arizona Athletic Hall of Famer Bob Elliott (color commentary) will call the action for FSNA.
The 2004-05 broadcast schedule tips-off with two local broadcasts, beginning with the Team Georgia (Nov. 7) and Sonoma State (Nov. 11) exhibition games, on FSN Arizona.
The Cats open the regular season in McKale Center Nov. 16 against San Diego in the first round of the 2004 Cisco Systems Preseason N.I.T. in the team’s first national appearance of the season on ESPN2. It is the first of two appearances on the ESPN family. UA’s Dec. 18 tilt at Marquette will be shown on ESPN.
Fox Sports Net’s first telecast takes place on Saturday, Dec. 11, when the Wildcats host Utah. FSN also will televise seven of Arizona’s Pacific-10 Conference games, including road games at California (Jan. 6), Stanford (Jan. 8), Oregon (Jan. 20), Oregon State (Jan. 22) and UCLA (Feb. 12).
Arizona’s lone appearance on ABC-TV is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15, with a key Pac-10 home game vs. UCLA. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. MST in Tucson.
UA’s home game on Saturday, Feb. 5, vs. Stanford marks the only CBS-TV broadcast, beginning at 11 a.m. MST.
For the fourth consecutive season, the top eight teams in the league’s regular-season standings will advance to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, March 10-12. Quarterfinal and semifinal action will be shown live by Fox Sports Net, while the championship game will be televised by CBS-TV on Saturday, March 12, at 3 p.m. PST.
Three games remain tentative at this point. Television carriers for Arizona’s games on Dec. 5, Feb. 26 and March 5 have yet to be determined. The games on Feb. 26 and March 5 are under consideration for broadcast as Pac-10 wildcard selections. Broadcast information for those dates will be announced 12 days in advance of tip-off. The remaining information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
Additionally, Arizona’s participation in the Cisco Systems Preseason N.I.T. could bring three additional appearances on the ESPN family, if necessary, on Nov. 18, 24 and 26. These games combined with the aforementioned tentative dates could push Arizona’s regular-season national appearances to 19.